Translation is a job where you need a lot of focus. Of course, I can always waste my time by reading political news every now and then during working hours. But I chose not to do that.
It takes great discipline to always focus on work.
If I were to spend five minutes reading and following the news about the latest political development once every hour, I would end up wasting forty minutes or more on one single working day. And that would add up to two-hundred minutes on five working days or one working week. What a blow to my quest to always improve my productivity and focus at work.
Whatever the political development is, I refrain myself from turning on news website and watching news reports. Listening to radio podcasts is okay though, for I can always listen to some interesting English podcasts while working over my laptop.
It is all about focus, focus, and focus.