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#Digital Media

From TheJournal.ie Digital can deliver vital votes - but how do politicians earn the 'like' love? Opinion

Digital can deliver vital votes - but how do politicians earn the 'like' love?

Nothing can beat the knock on the door – sure – but this will be the year to pay attention to the ones who don’t answer.

From TheJournal.ie This 31-year-old Irishman ditched the '9 to 5' to travel the world and is making millions on the way Freedom

This 31-year-old Irishman ditched the '9 to 5' to travel the world and is making millions on the way

“The only time you set your alarm is for a flight, no boss, no schedule just the open road.”

From TheJournal.ie What is the future of Irish journalism? Opinion

What is the future of Irish journalism?

While it’s premature to write the obituary for print media just yet, the Irish digital landscape is large and has room to grow.

From TheJournal.ie Independent News and Media wants to be an 'agile media organisation' Read All About It

Independent News and Media wants to be an 'agile media organisation'

But the company’s print business is dragging it down.

From The42 Do you watch sport online? This could be good news for you then Digital Media

Do you watch sport online? This could be good news for you then

Netflix haven’t ruled out streaming live sport in the future.

From TheJournal.ie Does the media spin the big stories because of 'who pays the piper'? The Media Show

Does the media spin the big stories because of 'who pays the piper'?

We asked the host of RTÉ’s new programme, The Media Show.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I’m 15 years old and I've set up my own company – here's why Digital Skills

Opinion: I’m 15 years old and I've set up my own company – here's why

We can’t continue to just lament the shortage of highly skilled IT graduates; we need to re-think the way digital skills are taught in the classroom.

From TheJournal.ie Good news: Over 330 new jobs announced across Ireland Jobswatch

Good news: Over 330 new jobs announced across Ireland

The jobs are across a range of sectors including software development, online security, internet and digital media.

From TheJournal.ie Boston bombing most closely followed news story since Wall Street collapse USA

Boston bombing most closely followed news story since Wall Street collapse

Study of American media finds it fifth in the top stories for public since 9/11.

From TheJournal.ie Up to 40 jobs created as US digital media company announces HQ in Dublin Jobswatch

Up to 40 jobs created as US digital media company announces HQ in Dublin

US digital media and domain services company, Demand Media, is to open an office in Dublin, creating between 20-40 jobs in the process.

WE'RE HIRING! Attention, pop culture fans

Are you passionate about pop culture and excited by the world of social media? We want to hear from you…

From TheJournal.ie Merging of Digital Hub into Dublin City Council "short-sighted" Digital Hub

Merging of Digital Hub into Dublin City Council "short-sighted"

Greens voice concern as innovation development agency is moved under DCC care instead of the proposed merger with Enterprise Ireland/IDA.

Organise your own social media event

Mashable’s third annual Social Media Day takes place on 30 June – get involved by organising or attending a Social Media Day Meetup in your area.

From TheJournal.ie Online advertising up one-fifth in 2011 - study Advertising

Online advertising up one-fifth in 2011 - study

IAB Ireland and PwC study says an estimated €132 million was spent on online advertising last year.

From TheJournal.ie WE'RE HIRING: Attention, news journalists Job Fairy

WE'RE HIRING: Attention, news journalists

Are you a journalist? Interested in online media? Passionate about current affairs? We want to hear from you…

From TheJournal.ie National Library gets visitor boost from its online activity Virtual Visitors

National Library gets visitor boost from its online activity

The Library has revolutionised its presence on digital media – and has a newfound popularity to prove it.

From TheJournal.ie Irish company buys shares in social media site for "geeks" Social Media

Irish company buys shares in social media site for "geeks"

Shout For It – a network site for tech heads – gets boost from Walsh Doherty Capital.

From TheJournal.ie Marketers make use of social media - but they also fear it Social Media

Marketers make use of social media - but they also fear it

Survey of Irish marketers shows they are moving budgets towards online marketing tools.

What’s the first thing you did this morning?

Maybe you made a cup of coffee. Maybe you slumped down at the kitchen table munching a spoonful of cornflakes, grumpily contemplating the cereal box.

When did you first check your phone, log on to your email, peek at your Facebook page, or intercept the day’s first tweet ?

Digital media has infiltrated our lives, and most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. Today it’s a common morning routine to power up the laptop or check emails on your smartphone while slipping bread into the toaster. Memories of checking emails in the office or – god save us – a time before broadband existed have come to seem almost quaint.

But as useful as it is to be in touch with everything and everyone, when does it become too much?

The answer is frequently.

Anyone whose computer routinely has some, or all – or more besides – of the following displayed in front of them on a daily basis will sympathise with digital burnout: Word document, (personal) email, (work) email, (other) email, Twitter, Facebook, news site, other news site, blog, other blog,  some interesting-looking website you just found, Google doc, Calendar, YouTube… and that’s all a work-related document is even opened.

How can anyone be expected to concentrate with so many things vying for attention? And it’s not just when you’re online either, Greg Head (video below) says that texting while driving has the equivalent level of impairment as drinking four beers.

So the question is how do you bypass the distractions while still staying clued in, particularly if you need to keep up to date with what’s going on? That was precisely the problem of one blogger, Ben Brooks.

But Brooks came up with a very simple and very effective way of dealing with the issue. He wiped all of his distracting social networking and email accounts off his computer and moved them to his iPad; meaning he could work uninterrupted but could check in on the world during his breaks.

Of course, you don’t need to have an iPad to do the same thing, if you have a tablet computer, secondary laptop or netbook they could be similarly used.

So, now it’s just you and a blank screen.

Since that might be a little scary, the next important question is when can you take a break?

Well, watch the video below to learn about the Pomodoro Technique. It’s simple, requires minimal organisation and – most importantly – it trains your brain to engage in deep thinking.

For all the benefits that multi-tasking brings, deep thinking is a crucial skill that has become somewhat lost in our high-speed digital world, which is probably one of the only valid criticisms that can be levelled at the information age.