Fight Screen ADD With These Two Tips

On August 31, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

Do you have many tabs open simultaneously, while focusing on a spreadsheet, and a report? If the answer is yes, then you could have computer-screen ADD. It has become more and more common as people often have more than one responsibility, particularly if they work for a start up. The biggest problem with this is that if you are working on too much at once, you can spread yourself too thin.

With tabbed browsing, it's not hard to open dozens of browser pages, Word documents, and apps at the same time. Problem is, this is also a great way to distract yourself from the most important jobs on your "to do" list.

Focusing on a lot of things at once can hurt your productivity. But there are a couple things you can do help break these habits.

Resist the minimization urge

When we focus on many tasks at once, big and small, we can get in the habit of minimizing windows. We do this to set a task aside, but in so doing we are putting it off. By breaking this habit we force ourselves to focus on a task at hand until it is finished rather than putting it off.

Email filters

This might seem too simple to be helpful, but by creating some filters that move, for example, emails from your boss into your inbox, and emails from everyone else into a second inbox, you'll be compelled to pay attention to the most important ones. You will be amazed at how often you skim over more important emails because another one is easier to deal with, or more fun. These things can just be distractions. It’s more helpful to focus on the important ones and when you have time, get to the less important ones.


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