Having a computer connected to the internet and no coworkers or boss around to remind that I was at work made me prone to web surfing. Over time, I learned how to combat distraction, get focused on what needed to be done, and be more productive. Check out my tips on being more focused while working online.
1. Sticky note reminders
I got a whole bunch of yellow sticky notes and wrote “Focus!”, then stuck them on the edge of my monitor, on my desk, on the wall behind my chair—anywhere a casual glance would take me during work. This actually helped me catch myself many times while I was distracted, and get back to the task at hand.
2. Let your body help your mind
On days when I spent most of my time sitting at a desk, staring at a screen, I found that after a few hours I just couldn’t focus. But if I broke it up with some quick exercise, I could get back on track easily.
3. Try the Pomodoro technique and Tide app
One of the best ways of using mobile apps for focus is the Pomodoro technique, with help from the Tide app. The idea of Pomodoro is that you can get better focus by breaking your time into increments focused on just one thing.
4. Reclaim your freedom from the most distracting websites
I discovered the Freedom app that lets you lock yourself out of the websites and apps of your choice for as long as you choose. This is great to use in combination with the Tide app.
5. Limit smartphone usage
in many ways, smartphone will improve our life. Besides, it also could bring distraction. Therefore i started deleting apps that were not adding any meaningful information to my life.
I hope these tips help you get focused on your work. I really believe focus is the key to producing your best work.