From your iPhone to your laptop, the same technology that helps you be more productive can also lure you away from your work. Whether you work from home or at the office, social media, blogs and other online distractions can eat away at your workday.
As the line between work time and personal time becomes less defined, it is more important now than ever before to learn how to manage time you spend on and off the clock. Here are 10 time management hacks to help you make the most of every hour of your day.
1. Use Apps to Limit Distractions
Technology is the ultimate double-edged sword. It gives you unbridled access to real-time information, enables you to connect with collaborators and provides a platform for the limitless exchange of ideas. It’s also a constant distraction.
Consider using programs like Focus Writer to strip down your computer and turn it into a distraction-free word processor that can do little more than type, save and print. Use stopwatches like Countdown Timer to measure out chunks of time to dedicate to specific tasks, and use apps like Anti-Social to block distracting sites and limit your access to social media while you’re working.continue reading »