Reader and web designer mindtrix explains how watching the minute hand is just as bad for his productivity as mindlessly surfing the web, how he runs a clock-less office, and how he carves productive chunks of time into his day:
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Generally when I am working (as a Web Designer) I tend not to look at the time. I have no time pieces in my office. Watching the time go by can be just as distracting as stumbleupon or digg.com. If there is something important going on during the day I generally have email alerts to tell me when something is coming up. However for days that don't have anything scheduled I set my time tracking software to pause and alert every 3 hours to signify a break time. I tend to get carried away when programming, and if I don't do this I tend to work straight through lunch.
Naturally, watching the clock is sometimes important, but, as mindtrix suggests, rather than interrupting what you're doing every few minutes to see how far the minute hand has moved, setting timed alerts means you can focus in whatever time you've carved out.
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