One of the basic tenets of trying to get control of your time and increase your productivity is to figure out how to eliminate those things that grab your attention away from the task at hand and to spot those things that take your time. Merlin Mann of 43 Folders, someone I respect greatly and have corresponded with for years, recently gave a presentation at MacWorld about this very subject. His presentation is one of the best I have seen on this topic and in Merlin’s typical entertaining style and I highly recommend you let him steal an hour of your time and watch it. I was happy to see him agree with me about the "Ding!" affect and how much that can steal you away from the real task at hand. You’ll have to watch it to see what that is but if you’ve followed my stuff you have heard me say the same thing for years. Well done Merlin!