It affects everyone. Distraction Overload. Whether it’s a Facebook message from a potential lead, an email from a current client, or a text from your spouse about the babysitter, technology has made it much harder all of us to stay focused on important tasks.
Distractions and Time In the Workplace
We all know it, we all see it. Time slips away, never to return. This loss happens to everyone and in every situation. We all know the phrase “not enough time in the day”. It’s the same story wherever you go or whatever you do. So what do you do to control the time you do have or at least, make the best of what is available? Organizing your time and prioritizing how you spend it can be the key. How you do that is up to you and may require outside help.
Getting Some Help
Not every program or app will work for you. It will take some time and effort on your part to figure out a system or systems that will fit your life. We have looked into a few ourselves and find these to be worth a look:
Helps you out by tracking all the time you spend on websites and applications and provides detailed reports and accurate data based on your online activity. The program runs in the background on your computer and mobile devices and acts as your own personal time-accountability coach. Oh, and the lite version is free, sweet, huh?
So, you’ve discovered which alluring websites are keeping you from getting your work done, now what do you do? You save all of those tempting online finds for later. Pocket allows you to save articles, videos, and anything else you find online for when you finally reward yourself the leisure time to view them.
This app uses the Pomodoro technique, which is to work in blocks of time, followed by quick 5-minute breaks that require you to step away from your task. They even offer a free option for you to try it out. It can also teach you how to break the cycle of distraction so that you can accomplish more work.
There are more programs out there than we could possibly cover. Go exploring for yourself, ask friends and co-workers for tips and ideas. The key here is to do SOMETHING. The distractions will only increase as technology advances. The pace of life and work makes it easy for us to get distracted and lose track of time. So take advantage of what technology has to offer and enhance your productivity for the sake of your work and personal life..not to mention your sanity.
If you are like we are here at The Beacon Center, you have found some apps that help keep you from distraction overload. Comment on which ones you have found useful for your business.
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