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Hi my name’s David and I was a tabcoholic.

too-many-tabsMy friends actually make jokes about how many tabs I’ve had at once.  I’d have so many tabs open that I’d forget that I already have a hootsuite tab open and I’d open another one.

Sometimes it would get to the point where the tabs get so small, I can’t even see what they are.

I’d get to the point where there are just too many tabs to go back through and I’d declare tab bankruptcy and I close out the whole window. To solve the issues connected with debt and guide people throughout the bankruptcy process, call the attention of Conner&Roberts, PLLC.

It all started in my social media management days.  I’d have to be watching twitter and facebook at all times to respond to people quickly so I just kept everything open in tabs.  I’d also manage customer emails so I’d keep gmail open.  Turns out people post a lot of links on twitter and facebook, so I’d obviously have to click them.  But I wouldn’t read them…no no no. I’m working!  So I’d just leave those open in a tab so I can come back to it later.  One tab led to another and before I knew, I was swimming in tabs.

It became a habit. Command+t baby.  Check the scores? Command+t. Google a recipe for dinner? Command+t.

Here’s a productivity tip… close that god damn gmail tab.  X out that facebook tab. Send that hootsuite tab back to the hell from whence it came.

These things are distractions and tabs are enablers.

You have to change your habits.  Maybe start with just one tab.  The facebook tab.  Try to go a full work day without a facebook tab.  It’s okay to check facebook in between tasks, or if you have to do something specific on facebook, but once you’re done, close it.

Then close out that hootsuite tab.  Twitter is mostly crap these days anyway.

Gmail has been the hardest one for me.  Especially since my phone keeps buzzing with every new email.  You know what?  I’m going to turn those notifications off right now.

Either read an article right away or close that shit out.  Finish the task you have at hand or the tab will become your go-to method of procrastination.

If you’re still struggling, try page snooze or something.

Damn, it feels good to get rid of all those damn tabs.

Time to focus.

Update: My friend Sarah Peck showed me this amazing tool called one tab.   It’s a genius solution to your tab problem.

  • anotherguy

    DavidSpinks Read that earlier today. A few years ago I had to stop the bad habit. Since then, I’ve been more clear minded and productive.

    • DavidSpinks

      anotherguy what did you do to stop it?

      • anotherguy

        DavidSpinks a big thing for me is analyzing my lifestyle, finding the problems and simply not allowing them to happen anymore.

      • anotherguy

        DavidSpinks so I did everything in my power, even going so far as to stop using tabs altogether for a while, to break the habit.

      • anotherguy

        DavidSpinks eventually I became so used to not keeping a ton of tabs open (I bookmarked content for later) that I never did it again.

      • anotherguy

        DavidSpinks it’s not enough to just stop doing something. Often we need to replace it (like with bookmarks or evernote).

        • DavidSpinks

          anotherguy yup, that’s the key to habit change. Reading a book about that right now (= Good stuff man.

        • DavidSpinks

          anotherguy yup, that’s the key to habit change. Reading a book about that right now (= Good stuff man.

  • lukestevens

    duncm DavidSpinks I started using One Tab but now I have a bunch of ‘saved’ tabs in One Tab and tens of tabs not quite One Tab ready :/

    • DavidSpinks

      lukestevens duncm hehe I imagine I’m just not going to look at the saved tabs once they’re in there. Which is okay.

  • Jose_Mendiola

    meripircing Ahora sólo abiertas 6 pestañas. Me estoy quitando 🙂

    • meripircing

      Jose_Mendiola :-)))) Well done! 🙂

  • Jose_Mendiola

    meripircing Ahora sólo abiertas 6 pestañas. Me estoy quitando 🙂

  • adri_ya

    Jose_Mendiola lougedo Mi compi de cubículo también es “pestañólico”…

    • Jose_Mendiola

      adri_ya lougedo Es una fiebre, pero hay que superarlo!

  • adri_ya

    Jose_Mendiola lougedo Mi compi de cubículo también es “pestañólico”…

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