How to control your internet usage to boost productivity

As anyone with an internet connection knows, the World Wide Web can be hugely distracting when you’re trying to get things done. It may start with a quick glance at the latest headlines, but this can quickly escalate into hours of scrolling interesting articles or product pages that have absolutely no relevance to the task at hand.

If you’re looking to boost your productivity and control your internet usage, we’ve put together a few helpful tips for you to try today:

Designate a browser for your work

Whilst the internet is a very useful tool that can help with many aspects of your life, it is easy to become overwhelmed with information and open up lots of tabs that you intend to look at in the future. In reality, however, many of these tabs will simply be left untouched and will end up clogging your browser. A browser full of tabs can add to feelings of stress and will make you feel out of control, making it very difficult to work.

To remedy this problem, select a browser that you will use purely for work and one that you can use for all other aspects of your life. This will help you to concentrate on relevant tasks. You could even add certain site restrictions to your work-only browser to ensure that you are not led into temptation.

Create a new user profile for work

If the browser method still isn’t working for you, it may be a good idea to make a new work-only user profile that only allows you to access the core programs and websites you need to get your jobs done.

Make the most of airplane mode

Airplane mode is great if you are easily distracted by push notifications as it eliminates these whilst turned on. It also blocks internet access so is a useful tool if you are able to work whilst disconnected. If you require internet access, you will probably need to find a different solution.

Install specialised apps and extensions

There are plenty of anti-procrastination apps out there to help you focus. Some are able to block distracting websites whilst others are able to block your internet access for set periods of time. Shop around to find one that works for you.

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