There has been a bit of posting of late on distraction.
There is a lot of distraction available as soon as you sit in front of a computer. Every possible distraction to any goal you have in mind is bundled into that black box.
Pain and pleasure all at your fingertips. The sounds of Deep Purple or the Tijuana Brass. Updates, sound bites, etc.
Here is something simple to do to increase your efficiency. It did for me.
If you are a keyboard warrior then try this for just one day.
Turn off all audio.
I was busy the other day and the power here in Orlando blew out. I was working on two screens and two computers. When the power went back on I had blueprints draped over the distraction computer (email, google, apps, YouTube, FB, etc.) The work computer is used primarily for CAD architectural design.
I had to work fast on a deadline so I kept the 'distraction' computer's audio off completely for most of the day.
I noticed that I was working at full potential on my work computer and realized why.
With audio there can be associated video. There are news broadcasts, funny or interesting stuff coming across Facebook, and my biggest distraction: anything on YouTube. I get stuck on YT and just keep clicking on one thing to the next, all related. Great informative stuff and just fun things, etc.
I realized how easy it is to just follow your nerve endings rather than your cognitive powers and so I suggest trying this for ONE DAY. No sound.
Please report back with your own observations. I believe I was at least 30% more effective, efficient at staying focused and meeting my deadline. Oh, coffee works too!~ but no audio!!
(yes, this is obviously a bigger sacrifice than audio alone. video is even worse, and it is very difficult to get one without the other, so NO VIDEO as well!! just one day...)