This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.
Raise your hand if you have a massive to do list that you're avoiding by reading this article? (You are not alone. I promise.)
In my last post 5 Truths that will Make Running your Biz (and your Life) Infinitely Easier (check it out if you haven't already, it's good stuff ifIdosaysomyself), I mentioned that staying off social media and away from internet distractions can be huge to increasing your daily productivity.
Today, I wanted to share with you my secret formula for getting things done and avoiding internet distractions.
The Pomodoro Technique is a productivity technique based on research that shows that our brains focus best in 25-minute increments. Utilizing this, you work for 25-minute bursts, then allow yourself a 5-minute break. This has been huge for me.
Next up is AntiSocial, the program I use to block myself from social media and email when necessary. You tell this program how long you want to concentrate, and it blocks certain sites (as dictated by you) for that time period. The only way to unblock the sites is to either wait it out or restart your computer. And if you're anything like me, the massive number of windows and tabs you have open at any given time makes restarting your computer not worth the hassle.
And the final piece of the puzzle is music. I've created 25-ish minute long Productivity Playlists that complement the Pomodoro Technique perfectly. It's like musical chairs for your brain - hit go on AntiSocial, start your playlist of choice, and focus until the music stops.
And then grab a glass of champagne to celebrate how much you were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. *Clink*
Your turn - what are your favorite ways to beat the lure of internet distractions?