I am an office worker. I get distracted by work-related notifications all day: Email and Skype are the worst culprits. Meetings are a close second.
The notifications bing, ring and flash. All techniques to draw your attention away from your actual ‘work’.
This isn’t a one-way thing either. We are all guilty of these. Continue reading
For a while now, my Twitter description has read like this:
A web designer and developer from the UK. I occasionally blog, frequently tweet and often procrastinate.
The last part couldn’t be more true. With RSS feeds, Twitter and other social media, lots of time can be spent keeping up-to-date and researching – but it really boils down to procrastinating (postpone doing what one should be doing).
With the immediacy of these social media, links can come in at any time, easily distracting you away from the current task in hand. Staying ‘in the zone’ can be hard with tweets popping up and other distractions such as IM, text messages and phone calls; chances are you are reading this when something more important needs to be done.
Taking a dedicated hour out of your day to deal with these can help alleviate this. You’d be surprised how non-urgent reading your tweets are when you don’t do it for a few hours.
So turn off your Twitter client, IM and sign out of anything which could ‘pop-up’ during your day and give it a go, perhaps taking time out in the morning and afternoon to check-up and see what’s gone on in the real world and see if your productivity increases.