Three tactics to ensure technology is working with you rather than against you
This is the age of distraction, and it’s ironic that the most common sources of our distraction are the same technologies we need to keep up with the new world of work. Whether you’re skimming Facebook, refreshing your inbox again or checking that chat message that just popped up, maintaining concentration is hard. But there’s no substitute for focused, truly uninterrupted time if you’re going to actually get things done. Here are some productivity tools and strategies to help you keep your selfdistracting impulses under control. USE AN APP LIKE STRICT WORKFLOW This Chrome plugin is based on the Pomodoro technique, a proven effectiveness method that makes you take fiveminute breaks after 25-minute focused work increments. Once it’s installed, a simple click on your browser bar starts the timer for a 25-minute, interruption-free work session. SET YOUR CURRENT TASK TO FULL SCREEN Sometimes all you need to focus your attention is to hide everything else from your visual field. Whether you’re working in Word, Chrome or Photoshop, just open the file or tab you need and then enter full-screen mode.