Web Worker Daily writes an interesting Strategies for Web Developers. During web work most of the time spent on other things rather than development. So follow 5 strategies to increase your productivity.
Strategy 1: Cloak
This is one of my favorites — you download a Greasemonkey script to block the time-wasting sites, allowing you to do your work without distractions. Depending on what script you download, it allows you to set different types of breaks, where you’re allowed to surf your time-wasting sites (or check your email, etc.). You can customize the length of your breaks, what sites are blocked, and when the breaks occur.
Strategy 2: No talking
Remember when you would go to the library to do homework, and end up chatting with friends? And then the stern librarian would scold you: “No talking!” If this was a good librarian, and she enforced that rule, that would actually be the most productive homework time for me.
If you’re allowed to talk to your friends, nothing gets done. If you have to shut up and do your work, you can get a lot done.
Strategy 3: Unplug
If the above two strategies don’t work for you, it might be because your distractions are not just communication-related like email and IM, and it’s not a set number of websites — your distraction is also the web in general. You might start out trying to look something up, notice an interesting link and click on it, start reading all about “game theory” on Wikipedia, go to another site about a related topic, and five hours later, you’re still reading. You can’t ban yourself from certain sites because you’d have to ban the entire Internet.
Strategy 4: Zen-like environment
The idea here is to minimize clutter and distracting things and have a minimal working environment that allows you to be calm and focus on the task at hand.
Strategy 5: Carrot-and-stick
Each of the above strategies, of course, still require self-discipline. Here’s a little method you could use in combination with any of the above, to help you maintain that self-discipline.
Let me know how you work :).