Devices are such a normal part of our daily lives, but it can be difficult to balance the disadvantages of being constantly connected .
What’s your poison?
Is it Facebook, Twitter, celebrity gossip news, incoming email, Skype, text messages? Are you plugged in to such an extent that you can’t focus for more than five minutes without an interruption?
Studies show that it can take us anything between ten and twenty minutes to get back on task after we’re distracted, so it’s easy to see how ‘staying connected’ can make a massive dent in our daily productivity, not to mention the knock-on effect on our ability to manage our workload and achieve our business goals.
Stop Distractions Before They Start
If, like me, information and the internet IS your business, it’s even more important to pull the plug on the cyber-world and give yourself some time and space to stay focused and keep on track.
It might seem counter-intuitive to use technology to tame technology, but time-blocker apps can really help manage web distractions when you need to get get stuff done. Why waste your energy on will-power when you can use it to do some work instead?
Different Apps are available for different browsers: StayFocusd for Chrome, and Leechblock for Firefox are just two options that could help you avoid watching cute kittens on YouTube or faffing about on Facebook.
Command and Control
My time-management tactic at the moment is simply to disconnect the wifi on my computer when I’m doing something like writing a blog post or dealing with admin. It might be my imagination, but as soon as I hit ‘switch off wifi’ everything seems to feel quieter and calmer – maybe it’s just a sigh of relief from my brain that I’ve stemmed the tide of incoming information, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed there’s a certain relief to be obtained from switching AGTO (All Gadgets To Off). Try it, you might like it!