Do you suffer from computer-screen attention deficit disorder? Here are some indicators: You have five Internet Explorer tabs open at once. You’re working on three Word documents simultaneously, and you are messing with two open spreadsheets, too. Quite simply, you are juggling so many on-screen tasks at the same time, you’re struggling to finish any one of them.
Computer-screen ADD could make you less productive because when we focus on many tasks at once, we run the risk of not completing any of them. It can also become difficult to prioritize tasks when you are lost in a sea of responsibilities.
This can utterly wreck your productivity. Luckily, there are a couple things you can do to battle this. Learn about them below.
Resist the minimization urge
When we focus on many tasks at once, big and small, we can get in the habit of minimizing windows. We do this to set a task aside, but in so doing we are putting it off. By breaking this habit we force ourselves to focus on a task at hand until it is finished rather than putting it off.
Create filters for your email messages. This is pretty simple but powerful, too: You may set your filters so that only email messages from a particular number of important contacts are sent to your inbox. Email messages from all other senders are sent alternatively to secondary folders to be dealt with later. But those messages that make it to your inbox? These are the important ones, the ones that you have to deal with now. Again, this practice might seem odd at first. You might worry that you will miss important email messages. Nevertheless, you might be surprised at how few of your email contacts regularly send you messages that you need to handle immediately.