This month we’re focusing on how to conquer digital distractions and stay focused.
The constant inflow of emails, texts, social notifications and pop-up chats, can really distract us! It can feel invasive and, if not managed properly, will negatively impact productivity and well-being.
Did you know that one in three UK adults check their phones in the middle of the night? And one in 10 smartphone owners reach for their phone as soon as they wake up (*Deloitte’s sixth annual Mobile Consumer Survey).
No wonder it can be difficult to stay focused and get on!
Here’s our tools and tips to unplug from digital distractions and get on with things that really matter!
Distractions are surprisingly difficult to ignore, and these anti-interruption tool may help tackle focus issues.
Known as the “granddaddy of Internet restriction programs”, this is a comprehensive distraction-blocking tool for all your electronic devices. It prevents you from accessing attention-grabbing websites and apps during a specified time frame. And all of your activities can be managed from one place.
While RescueTime block certain sites, it does much more than that. It tells you where and when you’re the most productive, and how long you spend browsing on specific sites. It’s acts like a map of how you spend your time when you aren’t thinking about it so if you’re trying to work the nuances out of your routine, RescueTime will give you the insights you need. No more subconsciously wasting your time.
If you’re easily distracted that you’d need to block the entire internet to finish anything on time, you may be better off not being anywhere near a computer! If that's the case, why not use an old-fashioned typewriter instead?
Have you found these tips and tools useful? Do you have any you'd like to share with us? Do you know someone who might benefit from giving one of the tools or resources from our list a go?
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