jecasc - 8:43 pm on Apr 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm working from home, alone, and more times than I care to admit I find myself clicking away from the work and onto the BBC news, or here, or Facebook, or anywhere.
I'm not working at home but at the office but the same keeps happening to me. It happens for example when there is some idle time when the computer is doing something - for example I have to wait for the accounting software to import the bank account statements and the bank sever is slow - so I check the news in the meantime and before I know it half an hour is gone. Or if I search the net to solve a problem - get some information about a mysql statement or whatever I stumble upon an interesting article and another one and time flys by. I have been fighting this for years know and the fight still goes on... Things I found useful to save time:
- I blocked the most distracting websites in my router
- I don't let the email software run in the background but answer my emails only three times a day.
- I installed a time tracking tool that automatically tracks the time I spend in software applications and on websites. So I can identify the time wasters.
- If I do boring routine tasks, like importing and exporting stuff from different software applications where there is a lot of idle time, I listen to music, so I do not get bored when I have to wait 30 seconds and drift off into the internet
- I installed an egg timer software. If I need a break and surf the net I set it to five minutes and then the alarm goes off and I get back to work.
- Before I start working in the morning I write down the tasks I want to accomplish this day and make breaks only after I have achieved a certain task.