Striking the Balance: Tips on How to Avoid Wasting Time on the Computer

I’m a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom and about 90% of my job requires time on the computer. I try to get a bulk of that work done when Beck is taking a nap so that means I have to be as productive as possible. I’ve learned that’s not such an easy task with the plethora of social media out there seeking to distract me at every turn. On the days I get the most work done, I’ve noticed I do specific things to reach this desirable outcome. Here are my tips:
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  • Sit down with very specific tasks at hand. I usually list them in order of priority.
  • Right when I get on the computer I do a QUICK scan of my email (respond if anything is urgent), Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Just enough to satisfy my curiosity. Then I close out of all those tabs so when updates occur, I don’t waste time looking at them.
  • I seem to get on a lot of email lists that I did not subscribe to and I found myself wasting time sorting through them and deleting them everyday. I recently went through and unsubscribed to those that were crowding my inbox.
  • When I’ve completed one task, I reward myself with a 5 minute break. That can involve grabbing a snack or looking at three of my favorite blogs.
  • Speaking of reading blogs and social media, I went through my Google Reader and unsubscribed to several blogs. Then I went through a couple days later and whittled it down more. Than I did the same with Twitter and started hiding people’s statuses on Facebook. I felt bad for a minute but then moved on and haven’t missed it one bit.
  • When I step away from the computer, I try to really step away without going back just to check-in. I don’t have a smart phone but I’ve already determined if I get one, I won’t have it update me at every new email or Tweet.

To be honest, I’m still working on doing all of these things better. I still get distracted way too often. Do you have tips you’d like to share that can help me?

image: Jennifer Little of Sugar Photography

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