I have mentioned and shared what I called “The Tale of the two Browsers” in many places. From my book “25 Tips for Productivity” to my TEDx Talk. Still, consider one of those things that most people can implement.
What it is “The Tale of the Two Browsers” you may ask, it a simple productivity tip that most people that use the internet can use and get instant and immediate benefits if they decided to begin using it.
Basically, I recommend that you use two browsers. One for work. One for Play.
I came to this many years ago when my job moves from software-based to more and more browser-based. I noticed that my productivity simply was not being the same, but I could not pinpoint the issue. One day I noticed that many of the tabs I had open had nothing to do with work (even that I was technically working), so begin to try to pay attention.
The interesting thing was that I wasn’t aware of how easily I was getting distracted on no work-related browsing. I was aware that going back to software wasn’t going to be a solution so I need to get a simple answer.
I also was aware that if I tried to limit myself it was going to fail. Most of my browsing time-wasting was unconscious. The solution was to keep one browser for work, one for play.
I decided to pick Google Chrome for work and Apple Safari for play. The rule was simple, it was not about not browsing, just browsing on the right browser. at the beginning was challenging to see the difference, but every time I catch myself playing on Chrome, I simply copy the link and move to Safari and vice versa. Nothing complicated.
Soon I train myself to simply work in one place and play on the other. The effects of that simple trick over the years had been simply fantastic. I have both browsers on every device, my iPhone, my iPad, and the MacBook at the office.
Have you ever consider using one browser for work and a different one to play? Why not?