The Curse Of Internet Overload
It’s kind of ironic that I’m writing this to you.
(After all, Fret Dojo is now one of the most popular jazz guitar websites on the internet, but that’s by the by).
What I want to raise with you is something serious…
All that stuff.
Collectively, this is an insidious force – ever so sneakily whittling away more and more of our time.
I’ve recently realized that it’s been taking a real toll on my own effectiveness and productivity, and, most importantly, focus when it comes to wholesome things like (you guessed it) jazz guitar practice.
So many of us just go online to check a few email messages, but 27 Instagram posts and a few lame talking cat videos on Facebook later, lo and behold…
There’s no time for anything else.
If you want to get good at any craft that requires skill, dedication and a great degree of concentration, like the glorious jazz guitar…
Internet Overload is your enemy.
Here’s the thing:
Being bombarded by the Internet doesn’t just cost you in terms of minutes and hours.
It also impacts on your general focus levels throughout the day.
This is far more serious, as it starts to impede your ability to concentrate on anything for any decent length of time.
So, a few days ago I made the bold decision to take my Internet browser off my smartphone – and got my wife to set a password to prevent me from reinstalling it.
She found it all rather amusing.
So what brought all this on?
I recently picked up a great book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, which explains what extended sessions of distracting activity on the Internet can do to your brain – it’s scary. Here’s the link if you’re interested.
So – turn off the dang iPhone.
Turn on your amp, grab your six-string, and do something worthwhile with your time.
Making music is far more satisfying than the latest online doohickey.
Thanks for entering this little meditation with me today.
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Now go play some jazz!
Founder, Fret Dojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education