Computers are enchanting with their ability to draw our attention for hours on end. You may start doing your homework but somehow you find yourself surfing Facebook, YouTube, or your favorite news site two hours later with no idea where the time went. To help combat these diversions, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ways to fight distractions online. Try them out next time you find yourself surfing rather than working.
- Turn off the internet.
Most modern computers will allow you to turn your internet service on (or off) at will. It might serve you well to simply turn off your connection to the internet while you focus on composing that essay. If you need to do research, try to compile the sites you need before shutting down the internet as you work.
- Chunk your work.
An extremely effective method for getting work done without distractions is to divide your time into chunks. Tell yourself that you will work for the next thirty minutes without interruption. Once those thirty minutes are up, you’re free to check your email and any notifications you have for ten minutes before you do another thirty minutes of focused work.
- Stay focused.
You’re not the only person to have trouble with distractions online. It may be hard to believe, but it is a common occurrence. For that reason, people have designed computer programs you can use to keep distractions to a minimum while you work on that big project due next week.
- Listen to one song on repeat.
This is a tip that I’ve used countless times. Find a song you enjoy that you can also work to without distraction. Now put that song on repeat. After a few repetitions, the song will fade into the background and you’ll be totally in the zone to work distraction-free.
- Get off the computer.
Sometimes the best way to limit distractions is to get off the computer completely. Print off notes or PowerPoint slides and study them on the couch. Any task that can be accomplished without the computer is fair game. Distraction will be a thing of the past.
- Get up early.
You’d be amazed how few distractions there are early in the morning. None of your friends will be up texting you. If you have kids, they might still be asleep. You’ll be alone to focus on the work you need to get done.
- Write in full-screen mode.
It’s hard not to click on things when you’re bored with a paper. Eliminate that possibility by going into full screen mode. Nearly every word processor will have a full screen mode. Make your life easier by writing in full screen whenever possible.
- Rescue time.
This is another handy computer program that you can use to eliminate distraction. This program runs in the background on your computer and records everything you do. At any time you can log on to your account and see a record of your activity. Look for majorly distracting activities and try to eliminate them from your daily routine.
- Go to a new place.
If your house is the culprit of distraction, pack your school books and computer and head out to a nearby library or coffee shop. There are far less distractions in quiet places with other people working.
- Be consistent.
No matter which of my tips you choose to put into practice, make sure you are consistent with their application. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Use these tips for the next 21 days. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done and how easy it is to continue the new habit.