Do you have many tabs open simultaneously, while focusing on a spreadsheet, and a report? If the answer is yes, then you could have computer-screen ADD. It’s become more and more common as people often have more than one responsibility, particularly if they work for a start up. The biggest trouble with this is that if you are working on too much at once, you can spread yourself too thin.
Computer-screen ADD could make you less productive because when we concentrate 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 several things at once can hurt your productivity. But there are a couple steps you can take help break these behaviors.
Resist the minimization urge
When we focus on many tasks at once, big and small, we can get in the habit of minimizing windows. We do this to set a task aside, but in so doing we are putting it off. By breaking this habit we force ourselves to concentrate on a task at hand until it is finished rather than putting it off.
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 delivered 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? These are the important ones, those that you need to deal with now. Again, this practice might seem odd at first. You might worry that you’ll miss important email messages. However, you might be astonished at how few of your email contacts regularly send you messages that you need to deal with immediately.