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Technology undoubtedly makes our professional lives easier. What used to take us several hours at work now only takes a couple of minutes with the right technology. Unfortunately, technology makes our professional lives more difficult in some ways too. A good chunk of time can easily be wasted sending and reading emails. Additionally, what was initially supposed to be a five-minute break to surf the web can often become an hour-long break. When it’s time to clock out at the end of each day, many people realize that they didn’t accomplish nearly is much as they should have at work—simply because of technology. If you want to prevent technology from becoming a distraction in your work life, here are some strategies you may want to try out:
When people are polled on the subject, they often say that email is the biggest distraction at work. To avoid wasting too much time on email, it’s a good idea to set a couple of specific times a day that you’ll check your work email. Check it only during the established times of day, and try to spend only a minimal amount of time replying to and sending emails, unless your job requires you to do otherwise. It’s also a good idea to avoid checking your personal email at work. Doing so can definitely be time-consuming and distracting.
You probably get a brief break before lunch and another brief break after lunch. Use the ten or fifteen minutes of your scheduled break surfing the web, and avoid taking internet breaks the rest of the day. You may be thinking: “What’s the harm in taking a few minutes to read this article?” There isn’t much harm in reading one article when you should be working. However, reading one article can often lead you other articles that are linked within the initial article. What was supposed to be a quick internet break can eat up half of your day. So, be careful!
Games, apps, and text messages on your phone can be just as distracting as the internet and email on your computer. So, it’s a good idea to keep your phone out of sight. You can return any calls or text messages during your breaks, and you can also use your scheduled breaks as an opportunity to play around with your favorite apps. Don’t let your phone become one more technological tool that prevents you from doing what you need to do at work.