This is part of my Tech Workers' Guide To Distraction Free Work
Do you have 20 browser tabs open? Or 50? Many folks do, and each tab represents a loose end that hasn’t been tied up. All these loose ends are a constant distraction.
The solution? Close your browser tabs.
(And no, having 10 open windows with 5 tabs each is not the solution.)
Now, if you’re worried about losing something, you have a couple of options:
- Bookmark it and put it in a bookmarks folder
- Use a service like Pocket to track what you want to read later.
Personally, I have loads of bookmarks in numerous folders. Here’s my “Writing Tools” folder:
I also have a folder for work-related bookmarks, writing critique bookmarks, and dozens more. My browser keeps my bookmarks synchronized across my devices.
Bookmarking stuff sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not. Here’s my routine: every morning, I go through my open tabs and bookmark the stuff I want to keep. Then I close all tabs except a few that are pinned, like my calendar and GitHub.
Closing tabs also frees up memory, and my computer runs faster.
Take action: Bookmark important pages and close your browser tabs.
Tech Workers' Guide To Distraction Free Work
Practices: Just Say No
- Just say No
- Stop Looking For Drama
- Beware Of Taking On Extra Responsibility
- Make an “I won’t do” list
Practices: Say Yes
- Track your distractions
- Stay focused with a To Do list
- Make a “Big Rock” list
- Follow the 2-minute rule
- Try the Pomodoro Technique
- Make a list of questions
Practices: Control Your Physical Environment
- Find your Den of Productivity
- Eliminate distracting belongings
- Limit disruptive noise
- Listen to music
- Silence your phone
Practices: Control Your Digital Environment
- Close your email
- Leave social media
- Close your browser tabs
- Limit distractions from Slack
- Try an app blocker
Practices: Get Organized
What do books say about distraction free work?
“You could try to pound your head against the wall and think of original ideas — or you can cheat by reading them in books.”