If you find that you constantly get distracted, try out this program recommendation!
I’ve got a little productivity tip for you. I hope it’s of value. It’s been a big value to me. I am fairly easily distractible. I always have another idea, a new idea, and I want to work on the next thing. Another way that I noticed some of my bad habits manifest is I’ll be in the middle of working on something that really needs a lot of thought. I’m thinking through a project, I’m working on it, I’m writing something, and the next thing I know I’m looking at a website. I’m on Forbes.com or I’ve gone to Gmail and I’m looking at email. I didn’t even realize I did that.
It’s almost as though when I’m in the middle of working on something really hard, my brain’s looking for an easier solution and it keeps going back to another idea or going to email or something like that. In the morning, I’ve noticed a bad habit. I’ll wake up and I should get right out of bed. I should get to it or go work out, but instead for 5 minutes or so, or maybe 10, I’ll lay there waking up and I’ll reach over and grab my phone and I’ll be reading the news or I’ll check my email. Not the best way to start the day.
This program right here, Freedom, it works on a PC and a Mac. It works on your IOS device. You install it and so it’s real simple. This is just the screen you’re looking at that. Through your web browser you can set it up and you can add all these little block lists right here. I’m not tempted by that many things, so I really only block 6 things. I block Forbes, and a couple financial sites, and a couple news sites, and my Gmail account. I tend to find there’s really 6 things that distract me, but I will go to them all the time without realizing it.
I set up a block list. You can have as many as you want. Then during the day at work, all I do is I just go up here to the top on my Mac where it has this little butterfly looking thing. I’ll start another session. For example, I just roll my mouse over start session. I usually do about 3 hours at a time. I’m just going to go start session. I’ll hit 1 hour and then it’s started. For the next hour, if I try to go anywhere that’s of temptation, I won’t be able to get there. It’s really that simple and it works on my iPhone as well. My iPhone is now blocked as well. You don’t have to set it up on every device, but it’s great. Again, I usually work at about 3 hour stretches. It really trains behavior and it keeps me from accidentally checking email and accidentally getting distracted by something else.
See if it works for you. If you find yourself constantly battling distraction, give this program a try.