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So, What’s the Problem?

Do you know how much time you spend on distracting web sites at work? Your employer does.

There’s no end to the distractions that call your name throughout your work day: Facebook, personal email, Reddit, RSS feeds, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, checking up on last night’s game… and when you’ve worked through them all, the first one starts calling again.

I used to justify the amount of time I spent. In creative work, distractions are part of the culture and part of the process. But I didn’t know how bad it was until I started measuring.

Once I had some concrete numbers, I was shocked at how much time I was wasting online.

It scared me. I didn’t want to get fired. But more than that, I didn’t want to be the slowest person on the team. I knew I could contribute more if I could get some focus back.

I had tried other time saving techniques, but I found that they’re too complicated.

Pomodoro worked OK, but it broke my day up, didn’t account for the legitimate distractions in my day, and was too much effort to keep up.

Self-help books just offered obvious advice like “stay off Facebook” (duh!) but didn’t provide any help to do it. It’s not just a matter of knowing what to do. I needed a simple system to give me feedback and give me the tools I needed to focus.

A New Approach

So I tried something new. The result: a 64% decrease in time spent on distracting web sites.

For me that was 50 minutes returned to each work day.

The Abacus Approach is a simple, unobtrusive system to help you reclaim time lost to the web. It’s as simple as moving beads on an abacus or making jots on a sheet of paper.


You can take control of your browsing and begin producing what you know you’re capable of. I want to help you get there.

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