Allowing Myself to be Distracted

I often find that it takes me longer than it should to complete assignments when I am distracted by technology. In fact, it took me awhile to start writing this blog post because I was constantly refreshing my Twitter and Instagram feeds (hey, at least I was enhancing my Klout score, right?). However, after reading Alexis Grant’s take on wasting time online, I realized that being distracted by the Internet isn’t always a bad thing.

Sweet heart messages have even changed to reflect our society's addiction to technology. CC photo courtesy of Pat Waggener on Flickr. This image has not been modified from its original.

Sweetheart messages have even changed to reflect our society’s addiction to technology. What ever happened to “BE MINE?” CC photo courtesy of Pat Waggener on Flickr. This image has not been modified from its original.

Like Alexis, I get a lot of cool ideas from spending time online, especially when I’m designing. For example, my inspiration to build my personal website came from looking at other designers’ websites. By evaluating what features I liked and disliked, I gained a stronger sense of who I am as a designer. In addition to searching the Internet for inspiration, I also often find useful resources online, including fonts and HTML and CSS code.

Pinterest tops my list of best distraction websites. The social media site allows people to collect and organize things that inspire them. I like Pinterest because it is very visual, and I enjoy looking at typography and illustration layouts. I also have stumbled upon do-it-yourself tutorials and recipes that added value to my personal life.

So while it might take longer to complete daily tasks, it seems like some good ideas can come from being distracted by technology. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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