Help! Your train of thought is sacred.
You can only really think about one thing at a time. If you’re thinking about paying your taxes, you can’t be thinking about your vacation in Tahiti. Indeed, thinking about that vacation in Tahiti will actively prevent you from thinking about your taxes. That’s why when you want to get something done, you want to get everything out of your head except the task at hand.
So when you’re working and dialog box pops up, asking you an unrelated question — or when you have to fiddle with your software to make it work the way you need it to — it really hurts.
Asking someone to think about their software and their work at the same time is like asking someone to press two ten-feet-apart buttons at the same time.
Quite simply, we need to make sure we never endanger our user’s train of thought. And that means that the interface we’re creating can never derail it. No talking paper clips bothering them from the sidelines, no making them fiddling with windows and tabs to find their work, and no dialog boxes questioning their judgment mid-thought. No distractions. Just them and what they’re doing, mano-a-mano.
Question: What sites on the web have done a great job helping you focus? What apps on the web are constantly derailing your train of thought?
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