Batching things like email, returning phone calls and processing paperwork is a great way to stop small tasks from slicing up the productive parts of your work day. You can apply the same batch-mentality to distractions.
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It's unreasonable to think that you'll go through the day without some sort of distraction whether it's a quick peek at Facebook, chatting with coworkers or checking your favourite news sites. Rather than feel guilty over them, batch them into your work day as a necessary break. Over at the productivity blog Zen Habits they have this to say:
Batch distractions. What are your common distractions? Perhaps things like email, reading blogs, Twitter or another social network? Set a time for these, preferably later in the day: say, from 3-4 p.m. Don't do the distractions before then. By grouping them all into one time period, you allow yourself to do other work first, but still get in your distraction time. Another approach might be to do them for 10 minutes at the end of each hour - but stick to that 10-minute limit!
Check out the full article at the link below for more ways to simplify your workday. If you have a tip or trick for handling distractions — personally generated or otherwise — let's hear about it in the comments.
13 Small Things to Simplify Your Workday [Zen Habits]