Wired: How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

Wired: How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done. “Maybe you’re spending too much time doomscrolling on Twitter, or maybe you’re doing a bit more online shopping than your bank account can handle. Maybe you’re spending too much time on that one game everyone’s playing. There are plenty more examples. These might be sites that you know you should avoid entirely, or just at certain times of the day. Whatever your particular need for supplementary discipline, there are tools that can help.”

Fast Company: This site has over a dozen free tools to keep you from burning out

Fast Company: This site has over a dozen free tools to keep you from burning out. “When you’re working from home, it’s all too easy to develop some bad habits. Maybe you’re staring at the screen for too long without interruption, or hunching over your laptop with little regard for posture. Or perhaps you’re just working too much in the first place. A new website called Working Den wants to help with all that, offering a free suite of tools that promote a healthier remote work routine. ”

Mic: How to focus during a pandemic, according to someone with ADHD

Mic: How to focus during a pandemic, according to someone with ADHD. “Do you think you’re likely to finish reading this entire article in one sitting? Or is it, maybe, going to be opened in a new tab to save for later, when you feel better able to focus? If that’s the case, maybe just admit that it’s going to tab graveyard. We’re now six months into a pandemic, and understandably, our brains are fried. There are lots of reasons for this: Stress and trauma, which all of us are going through, have an incredible impact on brain chemistry, due to the high levels of cortisol (your body’s stress hormone) produced over time.”

From burnout to breakthrough: How to make working from anywhere work for you (ZDNet)

ZDNet: From burnout to breakthrough: How to make working from anywhere work for you. “Working from home requires a deliberate design around your schedule — those boundaries are essential to your long-term success. Many rituals and routines change when your home becomes your workplace. When your commute changes from 60 minutes to six steps, it’s easy to fall out of a standard routine. But business is a process: Working from home is a process as well.”

New York Times: How to Declutter Your Digital World

New York Times: How to Declutter Your Digital World. “Working remotely may have eliminated your commute and allowed you to spend the day in your pajamas, but it also means you’re most likely bombarded with digital communication every second of the day — from personal and professional emails crowding your inboxes to push notifications reminding you of every news development to the nonstop viral allure of Twitter and Instagram. If you are suffering from tech fatigue, or simply trying to become more productive online, here are steps you can take to organize your digital landscape.”

Mashable: 8 great ways to organize your Gmail inbox to improve productivity

Mashable: 8 great ways to organize your Gmail inbox to improve productivity . “For most of us, email is a necessary evil of modern working life. Unfortunately, it can so easily suck time, leaving you stressed and under pressure to get all your other tasks done. We are here to help. We don’t want your email inbox to get you down so we’ve broken down eight great ways to organize your Gmail set-up to improve your productivity.”

GMA News: 5 Useful Google Chrome extensions for school and productivity

GMA News: 5 Useful Google Chrome extensions for school and productivity. “Students, from grade school to college, are facing a vast technological landscape that is why it’s important to develop the skill they need to navigate in this ever-changing world. Thankfully, Google Chrome extensions can help with that. Google Chrome extensions are small programs that help extend the functionality of one of the most popular web browsers. At a click of a button, students can eliminate ads, check the definition of a trivial word, convert files to PDF, and so much more.”

Fast Company: Stop opening so many browser tabs and use these 3 slick tools instead

Fast Company: Stop opening so many browser tabs and use these 3 slick tools instead. “Once you’ve buried yourself under dozens of browser tabs, you’re constantly having to pick through them all to find your way back to Gmail or Google Docs. Or instead of trying to track down the sites you’ve already got open, you just open them again in a new tab, creating even more clutter. As they say in infomercials, there’s a better way. By making some changes to your web browser, you can more easily access the websites you use most and cut down on tab overload. Here are a few things to try.”

Popular Science: How to block out digital distractions and get work done

Popular Science: How to block out digital distractions and get work done. “Working from home is a blessing and a curse—you get the freedom to work how you want, but the temptation to slack off is strong. It’s easy to stick to your job when your boss is breathing down your neck, but at home, even the best noise-canceling headphones won’t keep you from doomscrolling through news 15 times an hour. If you need to buckle down, you need a digital workspace that’s conducive to focus.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Habits With Technology

MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Habits With Technology . “Self-improvement is a difficult path and you can use all the help you get. These free tools are here to help you break a bad habit or build a good habit, as easily as possible. Productivity experts have several theories on how we form a habit. Some people believe it takes 21 days doing a task repeatedly, others think it takes 66 days. And there’s the science of willpower, emotions, feedback loops, and other factors involved. But the bottom line is to stick with it, and that’s what these websites, apps, and online courses will help you do.”

Blogging Pro: What Is the Best Note-Taking App for Bloggers?

Blogging Pro: What Is the Best Note-Taking App for Bloggers?. “As bloggers, we always keep thinking of our next content. When we get a flash of inspiration or a phrase that sparks an idea, we’d always want to keep a note of it. However, we don’t always have a notebook in hand to jot down these notes. This is why a note-taking app will always come handy in this day and age. While there are a number of note-taking apps available today, there are those that bloggers swear by. We’ve compiled a list below to let you decide which note-taking app is the best today.”

Poynter: Here are some digital tools for a more productive — and fun — summer

Poynter: Here are some digital tools for a more productive — and fun — summer. “Welcome! I’m Jeremy Caplan, a guest contributor with some new tools and resources. I’m director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Grad School of Journalism in New York City and a former Time Magazine reporter. I explore new stuff and write about the most useful tools I find in a free newsletter called Wonder Tools.”

How to clean up Google Chrome when it’s slow: Notifications, search engine, more (9to5 Google)

9to5 Google: How to clean up Google Chrome when it’s slow: Notifications, search engine, more. “These days, you can’t get hardly anything done without a good, working web browser, but what do you do when Google Chrome starts acting up? Here’s a guide for how to clean up some of Google Chrome’s most common issues including slow loading, excess notifications, using the wrong search engine, and more.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Time-Saving Websites & Apps for the Best Shortcuts

MakeUseOf: 5 Time-Saving Websites & Apps for the Best Shortcuts. “Technology is all about speed, isn’t it? It helps us do things faster, or enables shortcuts that get the more done in less time. The internet is here to help you gain information faster by summarizing books or YouTube videos, or level-up your computer usage by learning keyboard shortcuts. It’s all about saving time and making the best use of it.”