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10 tech mistakes that kill your productivity

posted by Sarah on November 1, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Stacey Vulakh

    There are so many helpful hints in this list! Checking emails has become such a priority but it’s such a disruptive task too. I think your social media timed checking idea would work here too – check your email at designated times during the day and make it a routine not to open it at other times. Productivity has to adapt to all these new tech interruptions! 🙂

  • Jerick

    Hi Sarah, great list of tech mistakes that definitely could kill productivity that needs to be avoided. Avoiding distractions can help you stay focus on tasks, limit wasted time and improve productivity. Airplane mode is a great way to avoid distractions when working. With this mode you need to turn off all your gadgets that can distract you at work like your mobile phone. At work I use this tool Time Doctor, which helps me stay focus on tasks and productive. Using this tool I list my entire tasks and organize it depends on priority. Then, set an estimated amount of time when working on each task. The key that I can follow scheduled tasks and finish it on time is with self discipline. Without self discipline no matter how easy is the task you won’t get it done because you tent to waste your time on unrelated to work activities.

  • markbutler

    wow.. what article.Thing that actually kill your productivity.It really an appreciable work and I also get updated with these increase my productivity and get organized.

  • Laura

    I used to be on the frontline helpdesk for a software development/services company, so my job was to check my email all of the time and to have email alerts turned on and loud. Now that I am no longer in that position, I find it has been hard to break the check-my-email-all-the-time habit. Every once in a while I realize how much I am checking email and then I go for hours, or days, without checking. I need to get back to a happy medium.

    Thank you for the great article.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Absolutely @f4149b14277d81b6c393cfbb2ca3c19e:disqus. It is tough to do if you have an “always on” job (e.g. customer service) but most of us have a LOT more leeway on that front than we give ourselves credit for. I think it’s a bit of an addiction.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Ah the yo-yo! I’m familiar with that. If you’re struggling, try using Freedom or Concentrate. They do help me keep it in line. I allow myself to check 4 or 5 times a day. Otherwise, one of those programs is running so I can actually get some work done!

  • enigmalea

    Another hint for maximizing productivity if you HAVE to surf the internet for something job related – use something like Evernote’s Clearly to hide all but the most important information on a page… what’s in the body. It reduces getting distracted by links on sidebars, advertisements, and *gasp* the comment section on a blog.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Awesome tip @enigmalea:disqus – thanks so much for sharing.

  • Missindeedy

    I hadn’t had a chance to read through this list until now. It is so incredibly helpful. I didn’t even know there was blocking software available – so thank you for that. And, as always, reminders to back up are greatly appreciated. That’s a very hard lesson to learn!

  • Maggie

    I wrote a paper in college about texting and driving. Through that paper I learned that texting and driving can be worse than drunk driving. I also learned that multi-tasking is not always the way to go. It totally changed my outlook. I am amazed at what I can accomplish when I’m doing only one thing.

  • Noemi

    Thank you, was very helpful !:)

  • Asset Point

    Very true, all these things can kill your productivity, you should focus on your work and don’t let the distractions cause problems for you.

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