Eliminate Distractions On Your Computer

Compartmentalize your desktop to a single task per screen.

Stever Robbins
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Quick Tip: Eliminate Distractions On Your Computer

Your computer can be a huge distraction. Eliminate your computer distractions! Don't open all your applications at once; only open the application you're working on, and complete a task before you open any unrelated program. This includes browser tabs! Close all browser tabs unrelated to the task at hand. You can also use a "virtual desktop" program like VirtuaWin or Mac OS X's built-in "Spaces" (choose System Preferences | Expose & Spaces) to create virtual screens. On each screen, have only the windows related to a single task.

(Stop! Look at your screen right now. How many distractions are visible? How many different applications, documents, and projects are fighting for your attention?)

For more on this topic, please visit my episodes related to staying focused at the computer and dealing with distractions.

To set up your own virtual desktop head to http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.