I have already reset my browser home page to the page mentioned in the excerpt below:
One major behavior that triggers a work interruption is “going online.” The Internet is a vast repository of Time Wasters, and if you’re like me, the activity that signals that I’m about to lose focus is opening the web browser. So I created a simple web page with the words “Get Back to Work” in big, bold letters on top and set it as my homepage.
In fact, I went one step further and decided to make this page a productivity tool. I type in what my next goal is, and a time I want it completed by. Then I can click one of three buttons:
* I completed this task on time * I did not finish this task on time * I didn’t do any work
And the web page keeps a running tally (using cookies) of items I finished on time, items that took longer than the allotted time, and times I didn’t do any work and just goofed off.
By keeping this open all day, not only does it remind me when I look at my web browser that I should get back to work, but it allows me to see at a glance how able I am to dedicate myself to reaching goals, whether or not I reached them (whether it was my fault or not), and when I simply didn’t do any work and am willing to admit to myself that I wasted some time.
It’s a simple tool, but it’s effective. I hope to make it an even better tool in the future, and you’ll know when because you’re going to set it as your homepage too, and I’ll post a small notice there when a new version is available.
David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital and Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. He is a serial entrepreneur, author, and frequent keynote speaker. [more information]