Do you suffer from computer-screen attention deficit disorder? Here are some indicators: You have five Internet Explorer tabs open simultaneously. You’re working away at 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 can 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.
Focusing on many things at once can hurt your productivity. But there are a couple things you can do help break these behaviors.
Resist the minimization urge
Breaking the habit of minimizing windows may seem difficult, but in order to improve your productivity it is important. By minimizing windows you are choosing to set that task aside and work on something else, but if you leave it up and tackle it, it is one more thing off of your plate. If you shrink it, it may be days before you get it done as you work on it erratically. Sticking with the “no-minimization” rule can make you complete that task immediately and not put it off.
This is a very simple thing you can do to help you be more productive and stop screen ADD. You can create filters to send emails that are from specific people to your inbox and anything else is sent to another inbox. This will prevent you from becoming preoccupied by the other emails and enable you to concentrate on the most important ones that you may have previously skimmed over.