Turn off notifications
Notifications are so good at taking our attention of what we're supposed to be doing. Seeing a banner pop up makes the notification feel urgent, but in reality, they are almost never important. Yet they are so good at side-tracking us when we're in the swing of things. According to this study from the University of California-Irvine, work that is fragmented through minor distractions is less productive, suggesting it takes on average 20 minutes or more to regain workflow after dealing with an email. Turning notifications off (on your computer as well as your phone) except for the most important apps lets your mind concentrate on the task at hand.
Many of us like to think of ourselves as good multitaskers, but as this APA summary reveals, working on too many things at once has a negative impact on productivity. The time it takes for the brain to reorient itself according to the different goals and rules of a new task is a cost on efficiency rather than a time-saving tool. To use an extreme example, the time taken switching between tasks in the case of using one's phone whilst driving is enough to cause serious accidents. Whilst the effect on productivity is less acute, this switching time really does add up across the working day and week. The best way forward is to focus on one thing at a time.
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A big reason we get distracted whilst working on our computers is because we are bored of our work - and need a break! How many times have you hit a wall in your work, and with a sigh, opened up something completely unrelated to mindlessly entertain yourself amidst an uninspiring work block? I know that I myself am a guilty culprit. But I find that if I schedule a break into my workday, the knowledge that I have already set aside time for that purpose helps me to stay on course with my present task. I am not advising that you spend your work breaks on your computer, but personally, taking time out improves my motivation and productivity in periods where I need to be in the zone.