Enable Restricted Accounts to Improve Productivity

By Jason Fitzpatrick on February 10th, 2012

If you’re struggling to stay focused while working on your computer, enable restricted user accounts with access to only the tools you need.

At the productivity blog Stepcase Lifehack, they share an effective–albeit radical–technique for increasing focus:

The first thing you must do is figure out what tools you need in what context and then create a separate user account that contains those tools. For example, if you are a writer you may want to have a “writing account” where all you have access to is a simple text tool (or whatever writing tool that you prefer) and everything else is locked down.

Some contexts that you work in require access to a bunch of tools, so you have to sit down and list out only the tools you actually need. This is the first step to create environments on your computer that don’t destroy your concentration and attention.

Hit up the link below to read more about the technique. Would you be willing to set up distinct user accounts to help improve your focus?

Setup Restricted User Accounts to Focus and Get Things Done

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/10/12
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