Does your computer or laptop feel like a time sink? Don't worry, there are many ways to save time at the computer and increase your productivity. Let's take a look:
Strategy 1: First attack task you're there to do, then allow yourself leisure
It sounds obvious, but remember why you're on the computer. Anytime you head to your computer, start with your main task. As tempting as it is, you can look around and browse after you've completed your task - and then it'll be guilt-free.
It helps here if your online games and hobbies tend to be brief - for example, play a game of Solitaire from our list of safe Solitaire sites. Or try a level of one of these tower defense games from our list.
Strategy 2: Log out of social media accounts - log back in each time you want to use it
It sounds counter-intuitive, but you can save yourself a lot of time by having to log into social media each time you want to use it. This is because having to log in provides a slight barrier to using it. It's not enough of a barrier to cause issues, but enough that you're not going to keep going back and forth to social media on your computer.
I also recommend taking the next step, which is to do the same for social media on your phone too. You won't get notifications while you're logged out, but no big deal - just catch up on all of those in your next login and deal with them all at once, it's a lot more efficient. You can gain a lot of time back that way. Also, it turns out it's not really a problem if you don't respond to people on social media right away. People will figure you're out there doing something exciting!
Strategy 3: Batch your work
If you have a long list of computer tasks, then batch them in terms of similarity. For example, if you have 3 documents on different topics, and you need to write a summary and create graphics for all of these, it may be easier to do all your graphics in one batch and all your summaries in another batch. Since this can be applied anywhere - work, school, leisure, you can get big gains in productivity across the board with batching.
You should also make sure your screen background minimizes eye strain; this will go a long way to having your work go smoothly.
Strategy 4: Designate blocks of time to be computer-free
In other words, designate other blocks of time (times when you don't actually need to be on your laptop or computer) to be computer-free. Use these blocks of time to catch up on other tasks, errands, or offline paperwork. Keep a list of these offline tasks so you have them ready at hand. You'll be more productive and save a lot of time this way without being at the computer just for somewhere to be.
Strategy 5: Keep casual browsing to "dead time" only
Don't be tempted to get sidetracked into other things while you're on the computer. If you do want to casually read the news, do it on your phone during what I call "dead time" - time that would otherwise not be put to productive use, such as if you're in a waiting room or something like that.
Strategy 6: Hide the distracting applications from yourself
Put your more distracting applications like games into a folder or somewhere else on your laptop or computer that's just a little harder to find. It will make you think twice before using these, although they are still there for if you need them.
The above 6 strategies are some great productivity tips for saving time at the computer. Now you will have more time available to you in your day.