Once you’re aware of the distractions and urges, you can start to examine the causes.
After hours of following temptations online (learning all about cycling and programming, for example), I stopped and asked myself, “What’s this all about?”
It was about fear — the fear I didn’t know what I was doing and was going to screw it all up. I now know it doesn’t matter if I screw it up. My value as a person isn’t tied to my successes or failures. So I closed all the tabs, and decided to focus on one program, and one bike ride. I’ll learn as I do.
It’s easy to get distracted when the first thing your browser shows you in the morning is Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite site. Reduce the clutter by adding a separate, work-only account to Chrome.
While some people view apps as only a distraction they can be a useful tool when approaching them with a balanced view.
Check out this post from WebWorkerDaily with 19 great apps to help boost productivity by increasing concentration. My favorite sections are the site blockers and timers.
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