First, stop reading this blog!
OK, just kidding. Read my blog, THEN implement Piers Steel’s suggestions for using your computer time efficiently.
- Disable email and other sounds. This works for phones too. I find it very useful to put my phone on silent at times.
- Create a second log in for work only. Make sure the look and feel of this log in is different from your personal “fooling around” account.
- Try Freedom, or other apps, that will block you from going online. Or, turn off your wireless receiver.
Remember that no one is actually a true multi tasker. You may be able to switch rapidly from one task to another, but you lose time in each switch. That’s why it’s important to stay focused on a single task for a certain period of time. Disabling distractions by turning off notification sounds and removing Internet access is a great way to enhance your ability to focus.