How a Blank Browser Page Can Boost Productivity

Make your web browing a useful tool rather than a distraction! Put yourself in a position that forces you to think about your day's goals and tackle them right away.

Stever Robbins
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How a Blank Browser Page Can Boost Productivity

When you open a modern web browser, you can set the home page it takes you to. Sometimes the home page is a gallery of recently visited sites, or a search page, or a news site, or your corporate internet page.

While this seems extremely convenient, it has a hidden dark side. Your brain will use what it's looking at as a jumping-off point for what to do next. If you didn't open your browser with a specific destination in mind, you'll tend to start browsing whatever pops up by default.

I've found a powerful alternative is to configure my browser not to open with prior tabs or windows, and not to open to any site. I have it open to a completely blank window each time I start.

This leaves me in a position where each time I open the browser, I have to think, "Why am I opening my browser? What do I want to do today?"

This way, I identify my needs and start my browsing session with my goals in mind. A blank page leads me to make my web browsing a tool in service of today's goals, rather than a distraction that pull me back to yesterday's distractions.

Blank screen image from Shutterstock

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.