Keep A List Of Banished Tasks To Stay Focused

If you’re having trouble being productive, it’s probably because you’re being distracted by something shiny. Instead of using software to block everything out, Stepcase Lifehack recommends you keep a “banished list” of tasks you’re not allowed to do during certain times of the day.

Photo by Chris Dlugosz.

A banished task is something you can’t do during normal working hours. This might be as obvious as YouTube or social media, but it could also include a list of other things you do to distract yourself, including chatting it up with a friend in another department or repeatedly checking the fridge for new snacks. Stepcase Lifehack suggests you banish tasks that fit into one of three categories:

  1. Tasks that don’t benefit what you’re doing during the workday.
  2. Tasks that make you happy in your off time.
  3. Tasks you can multitask when you’re away from work.

While the entire process is a little too stringent, the basic premise is that you try to mentally outlaw the stuff that sucks aways your time when you need to work. Of course, if your computer is the cause of your distractions, it’s an easy thing to fix.

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