Computer-screen ADD is a pretty common thing these days. But what exactly is it and how do you know if you suffer from from it? If you find that you have several tabs open, are working on a couple spreadsheets, as well as a report, it is likely you have screen ADD.  The major problem with this is that if you are working on many things at once, you usually find it difficult to complete any of them in a timely manner.

Computer-screen ADD can make you less productive because when we focus on many tasks at once, we run the risk of not completing any of them. It can also become difficult to prioritize tasks when you are lost in a sea of responsibilities.

Focusing on a lot of things at once can hurt your productivity. But there are a couple steps you can take help break these behaviors.

Resist the minimization urge

Breaking the habit of minimizing windows may seem difficult, but in order to improve your productivity it’s critical. By minimizing windows you are deciding to set that task aside and work on something else, but if you leave it up and tackle it, it is one more thing off of your plate. If you reduce it, it might be days before you get it done since you work on it erratically. Sticking to the “no-minimization” rule can make you complete that task immediately and not put it off.

Email filters

Create filters for your email messages. This is pretty simple but powerful, too: You might set your filters so that only email messages from a specific number of important contacts are sent to your inbox. Email messages from all other senders are sent instead to secondary folders to be addressed later. But those messages which make it to your inbox? Those are the important ones, the ones that you have to deal with now. Again, this practice might seem odd at first. You might worry that you’ll miss important email messages. Nevertheless, you might be amazed at how few of your email contacts regularly send you messages that you need to handle immediately.

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