To Be or Not To Be (Responsive)

There are two sides to responsiveness: how quickly you respond and if you even should.

In a world where communication moves at the speed of light, it’s tempting to always be on. I struggle daily with a Pavlovian response to want to respond instantaneously to my notifications but logically knowing I would be more productive if I focused on the task at hand.

I’m curious if others feel the same, and if so, how they manage to find that sweet spot of being “responsibly responsive.”

I never thought I would say this, but sometimes being intentionally unresponsive is the best strategy. In a word: trolls. In the case of those mean-spirited, negative, sexist, racist, lewd, vulgar remarks and overly aggressive sale tactics, I’ve found that simply ignoring them removes their fuel.

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