How can I stay focused while working?
July 31, 2011 7:56 PM Subscribe
What're your best tips for keeping on task and staying focused?
posted by GilloD to human relations (16 answers total) 78 users marked this as a favorite
I'm very easily distracted unless I'm making progress. Sometimes I'll be programming, making good time and then I'll hit a wall and "take a break" and then it's 6 hours later and I got nothing done. Jonathan Franzen talked about buying the worst laptop he could find and filling the ethernet port with glue in order to finish The Corrections. That sounds great except that I'm constantly pinging the web for tutorials or code examples, etc.
The same thing happens when I write- I bust along, 500 words, a 1000 words and then I get this weird, fed up, tight feeling inside and I just shut down. My brain demands it tasty hyper link treats!
What I'm saying is that I need discipline and I'm not sure how to train myself beyond exerting massive force of will. I'm looking for tips, tricks, programs, ideas, concepts etc. on how to do a better job of staying on task.