What distracts you when you sit down at the computer to get some much needed work done? Just because you are alone, your kids are in bed and your hubby is out doesn’t mean that you’re going to get some uninterrupted work time in.

There are multiple distractions within the computer itself. One of those, for me, is social media. Granted, Twitter and Facebook are very important parts of my overall marketing and business plan. I use them regularly to converse with clients, announce specials and promote Market Mommy.

However, they can really suck you in. Before you know it, you’ve clicked on about 15 links and are so far away from where you started that you literally have no idea where the last 45 minutes went. That is, if you’re anything like me.

Then, there’s Pinterest. Don’t even get me started. That and Etsy can mesmerize me for hours.

How else do you get off track?

Gaming is another huge one. Online games like Farmville or playing online party bingo can get you hooked. Or, I often fall victim to Words with Friends or the old classic solitaire.

Sitting down at the computer to work can be dangerous. It oftentimes takes a lot of self-discipline just to stay focused and accomplish the important things you sat down to do.

What are your weaknesses? How do you overcome them? I try to set time limits and keep my to-do list right in front of my face as motivation. {The post-its on my iMac are great for this!} I also sometimes turn off my e-mail notifications. Believe it or not, e-mail can be a huge time drain. If you have the habit of opening up your account each time your notification pops up, chances are you are wasting time. Set aside one or two times a day that you dedicate to reading and answering e-mails. That may improve your efficiency.

Share your challenges or suggestions in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!