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What is JOMO and Why it will Increase your Productivity x97

Maxi Contieri
Learn something new every day. - I am a senior software engineer working in industry, teaching and writing on software design, SOLID principles, DDD and TDD.
Originally published at maximilianocontieri.com ・2 min read

TL;DR: You are mortal. You will die. Don't waste your time.

What is JOMO?

JOMO (Joy of Missing out) is the opposite of FOMO (Fear of Missing out).

This was first described by Patrick McGinnis in his amazing book

  • Modern sites and applications exploit our primitive vulnerabilities. Our brains are wired for alerts and attention. This is how we survive as a race.

  • We are safer than ever now. We don't need to be so alert nowadays. Even on COVID-19 times.

According to Patrick McGinnis' 3 tips, we can fight it:

  • FOMO is based on the perception that something out there is better than what we are doing now. But sometimes perception is a deception in disguise.

  • Limit your time online to a fixed amount.

  • We can control FOMO using full consciousness, mindfulness, or meditation.

Tips to avoid FOMO and JOMO master

  • Make friends with the idea that "not everything is possible".

  • Recognize your finite time and your mortal life.

  • Choose what to prioritize every day.

  • Be willing to lose something to be present with specific people and give them quality time.

  • Recognize and Fight Doom scrolling.

  • Detox, unsubscribe from social networks.

  • Leave chat groups, WhatsApp, Discord, forums, etc. don't be ashamed. Politely say goodbye first. You are no better than them.

  • Stay with positive people. Avoid toxic ones.

  • Block your own IP against tabloids or sensationalism.

  • if you relapse, go back and check that you did not miss anything important.

  • Prefer asynchronous communication (pull), over synchronous ones (push).

  • We need to focus.

  • Create a safe place or environment, minimizing interruptions.

  • We cannot achieve everything.

  • Be here now.

  • Disable ALL notifications. Yes, All.

  • Internet content is filtered. We don't see the whole picture.

  • Reflect on what you are losing by not being present.

  • Come back and see what you missed. You have infinite scrolling. You missed nothing important.

  • and many more tips...

What does the 97x stand for?

It is just an internal joke, a clickbait is the opposite of a JOMO.

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Discussion (3)

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Haris Secic • Edited

Focus mode on Android was the thing that made me more productive in a minor way. Then I started to ignore notifications even when they activate afte 17:00. This made me a bit less stressed as I understood that if it's urgent it will be a call. But for the most part things in the list are similar with religion. Just be there and accept that you control nothing. Peace of mind I guess

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InHuOfficial • Edited

Your article is actually useful and informative! Not sure what my silly article did to deserve to be featured 😋🤣

"Disable ALL notifications. Yes, All."

I did this a year ago and I have so much more focused time! I even took it to the extreme of only checking my emails at certain times of the day, amazing tip! ❤🦄

Plus I learned a new term "Doom scrolling"...I like that!

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InHuOfficial • Edited

p.s. surely the title should have been:

"What is JOMO? Find out how to increase Productivity x97+...act quickly before you get left behind"

😂🤣🤣

p.p.s bonus points for using the best prime number of them all, you are learning the way of the listicle well! You forgot the "+" though to let people know that is the minimum amount of benefit they will get 😋