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The last people to get off the train in the morning are the ones that really don’t want to go to work.

They cling on to their seats, looking for every excuse to keep reading, chatting, or listening to music. They’d use the seats as a mattress if they could.

Most of the resistance is due to burnout. People don’t know how to pace themselves. With ubiquitous Internet, we’re always on and always working. We enjoy the freedom to work from anywhere yet mentally we feel tied to the office.

What people are really searching for at work and in life is flow. Work and play can be one continuous stream. Take advantage of the cloud; dump everything (personal ideas, next steps, documents) into one place like Evernote and Dropbox. Create shortcuts on iffft to automate tasks. Let the computer, a second brain, do the work.

9 to 5 at work is where ideas are made to happen. Meetings and distractions are the inevitable and unforeseeable hurdles that impede progress. Sometimes they’re necessary.

To sustain energy, take a digital sabbath on the weekends. Make a deliberate effort to go on a digital diet and just escape into the old mind. Allow the neurons to connect new ideas and make revelations without even thinking.

We already own everything we need. Information is accessible at a touch of a button. Today is more a matter of silencing what we don’t want. Technology works for us, not the other way around.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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