MULTITASKING, what do YOU do to avoid it while working on your Internet Marketing?Any SOFTWARE to us

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Don't tell me you are not multitasking.


Today when all those social media and communication channels are so reachable. What do you do to avoid this habbit?

Is there any way to turn off the sites you don't want to disturb you during the day, and set it up that you would be able to visit them just in certain hours of the day?

I know some smart ones will say, just don't open these sites if you don't want to, but I am curious if there is something to help to all. Or maybe this would be a great idea for software to sell for big firms and so on

Thanks

Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Hill
    If I am writing copy I just simply turn off the internet.

    I also use Time Management, Productivity, & Project Tracking Software (Mac/PC) | RescueTime to track my time online...and catches me when I'm watching too many Youtube videos.

    Kevin
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    • Profile picture of the author Magnus Koenig
      Originally Posted by Kevin Hill View Post

      If I am writing copy I just simply turn off the internet.

      I also use Time Management, Productivity, & Project Tracking Software (Mac/PC) | RescueTime to track my time online...and catches me when I'm watching too many Youtube videos.

      Kevin
      Yes RescueTime is incredibly useful. It can also track the programs you are using and determine if they are productive or not and gives you a nice weekly summary of how productive you were.
      If you want to "Get Focused" RescueTime simply blocks so called "very disctracting" sites with a productivity score of -2 for a specified amount of time (you can define that score for every website of course).
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    • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
      Originally Posted by Kevin Hill View Post

      If I am writing copy I just simply turn off the internet.

      I also use Time Management, Productivity, & Project Tracking Software (Mac/PC) | RescueTime to track my time online...and catches me when I'm watching too many Youtube videos.

      Kevin
      Same here...I used this one too, and what is also good is that it can be configured to block websites...
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
    Looks good, I will have a look at it...

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Tenzo
      I use a browser add-on called Chrome Nanny that does what you describe. If you don't use chrome as your browser, there are some firefox add-ons as well that work the same way.

      Hope that helps,
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
    Thanks, G. Chrome is exactly what I use.

    Getting it right now

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I just use this brain software called Self Control. But in all serisouness I just force myself to focus and work on what I need to do. It does not hurt to spend a few minutes on facebook..etc. Stay away from TV though.... don't even have one in your work area.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
      Originally Posted by Steven Miranda View Post

      I just use this brain software called Self Control. But in all serisouness I just force myself to focus and work on what I need to do. It does not hurt to spend a few minutes on facebook..etc. Stay away from TV though.... don't even have one in your work area.
      Yeah, I keep myself from watching TV, even during the evening time TV kills people :-D (or I should say their time ) . I rather read some good quality books that can help me with self improvement or stuff like that. If I want to relax I would go to the movies
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    Try LeechBlock for firefox, or StayFocused for Chrome

    StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
    Great stuff,

    you're awesome guys, thank for your help. I think this will also help to other warriors

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    I use The Action Machine
    Get Things Done! - The Action Machine

    Comes with lots of time saving and productivity features.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ansar Pasha
    Banned
    Pen and paper

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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    I am a developer so I create websites. I do two of them at the same time, so that there is no place for any other

    This way I am multi-tasking but not wasting time.

    Kinda wierd, but I can do it and I do it well so far
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  • Profile picture of the author bagpuss0001
    There is no substitute for discipline though, although the software mentioned above is very good.

    In the UK there is a DSE regulation, (Display Screen Equipment), that states employess that use PC's as part of their job have to:

    Take a 10 min break from the screen every hour. (that could be doing any other work that doesnt look at the screen.... like make a coffee lol)

    Get up out of the chair and have a short walk at least once an hour, (easy to match this to the above)

    There are others, but as advice the above is relevant for homeworkers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    I certainly don't need ANOTHER app to prevent me from using all the other apps during certain hours LOL.

    We are not multitaskers but we all do multitask. One project on my computer may require 5-10 apps to deal with it. It's one project with many tasks

    Time management is key, know what you need to do before you start
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  • Profile picture of the author ElmoreMarketing
    I agree with all of the posts. Obviously, self-discipline is the best and least expensive solution

    I have used a few internet filtering programs before that are meant to filter what children "view" on the internet, however there are many options to "block" certain websites and automated that to a certain time period of the day. It is completely customizable. I was unable to find the software I have used before, but this company may offer something of that kind.

    It is definitely much more convenient and you will not "risk" distracting yourself, but it will actually block and stop the undesired multi-tasking.

    Hope this helps,
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    ElmoreMarketing it's against the WF TOS to post affiliate links. FYI
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    pomodoro is what i swear by
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
    This is great, thanks for all this advices
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  • Profile picture of the author Burton Lancaster
    There is actually this software out called "THE ACTION MACHINE" that i use on a daily basis. I think I got it from here? cant remember.

    Originally Posted by Adam Svacina View Post

    Don't tell me you are not multitasking.


    Today when all those social media and communication channels are so reachable. What do you do to avoid this habbit?

    Is there any way to turn off the sites you don't want to disturb you during the day, and set it up that you would be able to visit them just in certain hours of the day?

    I know some smart ones will say, just don't open these sites if you don't want to, but I am curious if there is something to help to all. Or maybe this would be a great idea for software to sell for big firms and so on

    Thanks

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author jerry25
    I have a list of tasks I have to do today. First thing in the morning, I kind-of give a rough estimate of time frames for each task.

    Then I shut down - close the email and facebook. Put your cell phone in the other room.

    I try to take a break every hour to hour and a half. Make it a short break, but get up and walk around. In the long run, I am more productive this way.

    I'll check emails around lunch time and late afternoon.

    Seems to work well for me. I just have to remove the distractions.
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    If you get distracted while writing Dark Room for Windows or Write Room for Apple devices helps you concentrate.
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    • Profile picture of the author cscarpero
      The big one for me is email management. Once I got that under control it became a lot easier to handle the other issues.

      Yes, there is a way to block websites in Firefox. You can even block them out on certain days and times. Just make sure your coordinate this with your significant other in advance! (speaking from experience)
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Cashins
    I mindmap my tasks and then use it as desktop wallpaper. When it's always starring at you, things will get done before you know it OP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Hamilton
    If I'm writing articles, the best thing I can do is use my very old laptop with 96 Mb of RAM. That thing is too sluggish to do any multitasking.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    I watch tv when I am working, sometimes and it does not really distract me. Perhaps I could get more done without it on, but it seems like I am not working when I really am if I watch tv, so my body doesnt get so stressed out
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  • Profile picture of the author Reed7
    Made a promise to myself, set daily agenda, no surfing, no news, set coffee time, period, just tightened up the disciplines. Better yet, set targets for each day, if not finished, work through the evening until finished,no short cutting things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
      Originally Posted by Reed7 View Post

      Made a promise to myself, set daily agenda, no surfing, no news, set coffee time, period, just tightened up the disciplines. Better yet, set targets for each day, if not finished, work through the evening until finished,no short cutting things.


      Yep this helps, but also, if you may use any kind of tool to help you out with this, it feels good Don't you think?

      Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author KBeamon
    This thread has been very helpful, because I have a problem staying on task. I was searching for some time management software to use to help with this and came across this thread. I will most definitely look into some of those that were mention here. And also incorporate small breaks every hour or two.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Svacina
      Originally Posted by KBeamon View Post

      This thread has been very helpful, because I have a problem staying on task. I was searching for some time management software to use to help with this and came across this thread. I will most definitely look into some of those that were mention here. And also incorporate small breaks every hour or two.

      Yep this thread is good for more people, just like you say

      Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author nyapartments
    Pen and paper works great if you donĀ“t need your computer at all. But self discipline is probably the most important factor. No software can compare with your ability to control yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author lbcrooks
    This is an awesome thread, so thank you for starting it! I multi-task and get distracted with websites way too often! I downloaded both Chrome Nanny and Chrome Stayfocused to see if they help!
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  • Profile picture of the author uebomoyi
    I write down a to do list for my IM activities and since I'm in school right now, I usually time myself for about 1 hour at 3 separate times in the day and it helps me get as much done as possible since I have so little time to work on my IM business. With time constraints/deadlines and pressure, I feel it brings the best out of most people because if I had all the time in the world, I'd probably have a whole bunch of tabs open in my browser and I'd never get anything done.
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