7 tips and tools to curb online distractions

Some tactics are already in your arsenal, but should you need outside help, here are a few technological aids to serve as virtual blinders.

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How do we deal with this situation?

Patience, practice, and these seven tips. (The Twitter conversations, cat videos, and BuzzFeed will still be there when you take breaks and wrap up the workday. I promise.)

4 anti-distraction tips

These tips may not work for everyone, but don’t let that disclaimer be your excuse for not giving them a try:

Check email twice a day.

The more projects I take on, the more emails I get. Funny how that works, right? Though some are important, virtually none require immediate attention. Instead of reading and responding to emails all day, why not try Tim Ferriss’s 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. email-check-and-response method?

Use headphones.

A little white noise goes a long way. Whether you’re working in a busy coffee shop or in a cubicle next to a chatty co-worker (who could benefit from this article), white noise + headphones = a winning combination.

Stop multitasking

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