In theory, technology is supposed to make business more efficient, but in practice it often has the opposite effect. For example, how many times have you logged onto your work computer with every intention of doing online business research -- only to look up an hour later to realize that the dancing cats video sucked you into Internet limbo -- again? Maybe it's time to learn to prevent the overuse of your office technology.
Turn the computer off. If the tasks you need to do can be done just as well offline, turn the computer off so you won't be tempted to check your emails, watch the cute video or get sucked into your favorite online game.
Keep a time log for a week to see how you're spending most of your online time. This will give you an idea of how efficiently you're using your technology now, and where you need to improve.
Prioritize your goals for the day, from most important to least important. Write them down and post them on your computer before you turn the computer on. Check them off as you complete them to track your progress.
Limit activities that could easily derail your work. For example, set a timer and give yourself 15 minutes to check and answer your emails. When the alarm goes off, move on to the main work of the day. Switch off the setting on your computer that notifies you when you have new mail, to avoid getting sidetracked.
Budget small breaks into your day you so can get up from the computer and take a walk outside. Try to schedule them for the same time every day so that it becomes a habit. This will help you get back on track if you've gotten sidetracked--the small rest may also help your brain process new information you've learned during the day.