said 10 months, 4 weeks ago:
This is such a good thread, and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who struggles with staying on task in the midst of multiple opportunities to fall down the rabbit hole of other online activities!
A few months ago I tried to get in the habit of checking my email just twice during the regular work day, in order to limit distractions — once before noon, then again before 5:00 pm. That worked for a few days. But then I went back to the bad habit of getting distracted by email and all the paths it leads down. ; )
Now my habit is to check my personal email on my cell phone before I log onto my computer. From there I can see if anything needs to be dealt with right away, and that’s usually not the case, so then I turn on the computer and get right.to.work. Without my email open. At all. I get so much more work done that way.
The other thing that has been working really well for me is scheduling out my day — simple but effective. Of course I have my task list for the day, but I’ll actually go a step further and write out a sked: “8:00-9:00 am, personal email, 10:00-noon, write client article, noon-2:00, social media activity for clients,” and so on. I think it works so well because if I give myself one hour to goof off on my personal email, that’s all the time I’ll allow myself to do it, that one hour and no more, and more importantly, I don’t feel “deprived.” : ) Works for me!