Decrease Visual Stimuli, Increase Productivity


| 12/9/2015 5:37:01 PM


Researchers at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that too many stimuli in our visual fields can impair our ability to focus. Give your brain a break by creating a clean, uncluttered computer home screen. Many Windows-based programs automatically place “shortcut” icons on the desktop during installation. Unless you use them often, remove these buttons (you can still easily access the programs from your Start menu) by right-clicking the unwanted buttons, selecting “Delete,” and answering “Yes” to move the shortcut to the Recycle Bin.

Mac users can reduce icons by grouping similar apps or items into folders on the desktop; just select all the items you want to group, control-click one of the items, then choose “New Folder.” To delete unused folders from a Mac Favorites sidebar, right-click the icon and select “Remove from Sidebar.” If misaligned apps bother you, neatly arrange the icons on your Mac desktop by clicking on the “View” menu in “Finder” and select “Clean up” to make all icons align properly.

Avoid Electronic HoardingWoman working on laptop

Once you’ve cleaned up your computer, develop new habits to keep your machine tidy and efficient:

Create a special email address to use just for newsletters and promotional purposes, and reserve your primary email address for important communications.

The Unroll.me program can help you identify and instantly cancel unwanted email subscriptions, and condense those you do want to read in digest form.



Delete duplicate/unwanted videos and photos right after you take them. Be especially stingy about saving images of landmarks, sunsets and landscapes, which tend to be less meaningful over time compared with photos of loved ones and friends.



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