Reducing Distractions When Working with Computers

This article by Jon Udell discusses the distractions that a multitasking computer can introduce.

Consider the effects of the graphical user interface. At hospital admitting desks, in accountants’ offices, and at video retail stores, I watch people perform tasks for which the desktop metaphor — with its cluttered surface and overlapping resizable windows — is at best a distraction and at worst an impediment.

I have a personal laptop that is better than my work supplied desktop, but I am not allowed to connect it the LAN. I have been doing some of my recent writing on it, and I have discovered that not being connected to the Internet is a good thing sometimes. No emails interrupting my thoughts, and I just make a note to look up that fact on the web rather than stopping and doing it immediately.


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