Man­agetechdis­trac­tions

Three tac­tics to en­sure tech­nol­ogy is work­ing with you rather than against you

Men's Fitness - - Fast Track | New Rules Of Work -

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.

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