Have you ever found yourself unconsciously checking your mail, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums or other meaningless information while trying to be productive in front of your computer? You decide to write a blog post and open your writing software just to find yourself checking your mail for the fifth time in less than ten minutes.
I had the same problem but do not despair, there is a solution!
I’ve previously written a post on how you can use RescueTime to figure out exactly where you waste your time and that’s the first step. To become aware. The next step is to block all of these sites and softwares using an awesome tool named Concentrate.
The idea is really simple and you’re up and running within seconds. You begin by naming a new activity and then you drag and drop whatever you want to block. It can be distracting apps such as Reeder, Mail or Skype and it can be distracting sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. When you’re done, you just click start activity and you won’t be able to open any of them until you decide to end the activity.
Sure, it’s simple to just quit the software and go around it but I’ve found that the short popup message saying ”Concentrate blocked Reeder” is enough to stay away from it. Often you’re not even thinking about it, you’re just opening it by old habit.
How to you stay productive in front of your computer?