I avoid reading news since a couple of years. The Economist is the only publication I read on a somehow regular basis. Nevertheless, I find myself more and more reading news due to Twitter and LinkedIn. This article is brilliantly showcasing why news are bad.
I think we're wasting too much time working unproductively and multitasking is a big problem of it. While I use the Pomodoro technique quite regularly, it still didn't become a real habit. During the next 4-weeks I'll try to work only in hyper-focus-mode with the Pomodoro timer in TickTick.