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3 keys to avoid mind-numbing tech distractions

Forget the time-wasting element, here’s a better incentive to get a handle on those obsessive texting and e-mailing tendencies: It can actually lower your IQ.

A University of London study found that checking e-mail and texting can lower your IQ — and make it harder to make decisions and solve problems.

Here are three proven ways to minimize the distractions caused by tech overloading:

  1. Only check e-mail during scheduled times throughout the day. It’s easy to get into the habit of constantly checking your e-mail — to the point where you don’t even realize how much time you’re wasting. Try this instead: Set aside two to three times a days to check and answer your e-mail. To cut down on distractions even further, turn off new e-mail alerts or adjust your e-mail settings so you’re not downloading messages automatically.
  2. Set e-mail offenders straight. One of the best ways to cut down on e-mail is to let co-workers (and friends) know when an e-mail isn’t required or necessary. Also, politely let people know when it isn’t necessary for you to be cc’ed on an e-mail.
  3. Create a ‘to-do’ list. One of the best ways to ensure you don’t get bogged down with distractions is to create a ‘to-do’ list first thing in the morning and then check off each task as you complete it.
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