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zen habits: Top 10 Productivity Hacks - #2

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Top 10 Productivity Hacks - #2

Quick intro: This is one in a series of Top Productivity Hacks - little tips and tricks that are designed to make you more productive. At the end of the series I'll post them all together in an overview.

Productivity Hack #2: Work off-line as much as possible

You're doing it right now -- the biggest distraction ever invented. The Internet can keep you occupied -- and unproductive -- for hours on end.

To increase your productivity, disconnect your Internet connection. Have scheduled times when you're going to check your email, and only let yourself check your blogs or surf the web when you've gotten a certain amount done. When you do go online, do it on a timer. When the timer goes off, unplug again until the next scheduled time.

You'll be amazed at how much work you'll get done.

This is one of the best productivity tips I've ever used. Period.

Top 10 Productivity Hacks

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7 comments:

thebeathouse said...

this post really made me realize how much time I waste on the internet doing nothing!!

time for me to improve this

thanks :)

Andrew said...

I wholeheartedly agree - the internet is the biggest time waster, and distraction, ever invented!

Now if I could just bring myself to reach...for...the...(gasp)...modem...cable...

Leo said...

Thanks for the comments, guys ... it would be embarrassing to admit how much time I waste on the internet myself. When I do follow this hack, it makes so much difference. Lemme go follow it now!

Jim said...

I agree completely, Leo. Getting a laptop with wireless really spoiled this one study space I used to use where there were no ethernet jacks. Once I committed to switching off wireless in that space, things got a lot better. I wrote about this experience in a post on my site: Personal productivity, time logs, and the Internet-free workspace.

Leo said...

Hi Jim, thanks for the comment. Excellent article ... keep up the great work.

John said...

This is something I need to do more of. Online there are always new feeds, emails, and other distractions. Its hard to stay productive.

Leo said...

@John: thanks for the comment. I myself waste too much time on this blog -- I don't feel like it's a waste, as I love doing it, but I do have two other jobs to worry about. :)