Ever find an interesting article on a website and then look up half an hour later to find yourself at some completely different site six clicks from where you started?
The Welcome Distraction of Spring
Many websites have helpful (or distracting, depending) links to related or otherwise interesting articles in easy view. If you have unlimited time to read, then that’s no problem.
Of course, there’s a time and place for surfing for fun, and it can even serve as a useful break that restores productivity after time spent on tedious tasks. The thing is to do it on purpose.
Let’s say you’ve decided to limit arbitrary web wandering to times when you are taking intentional breaks. Cutting down on “Oh, let me see what that’s about” clicks (clicks for no real reason) is one way to recover time that many people sometimes lose to “cyberloafing.”
With Clearly, you can remove the temptation to click on links to articles you don’t really need to be reading right now.
Also, you’ll have the benefit of reducing visual “noise,” which contributes (in a bad way) to cognitive load. With a cleaner page, you can concentrate more easily on obtaining the information you wanted to find in the first place.
Here’s an example of an article about cyberloafing—with and without Clearly:
With Clearly, all you do is click on the extension icon in your browser on any given page, and it removes everything but the main article. It’s a great way to reduce clutter and temptation at the same time.
In my frequent search for ways to be more productive, I’m glad to remember Clearly.
Extension | Clearly for Chrome
Extension | Clearly for Firefox
Extension | Clearly for Opera