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Being online: Things that can go wrong because of too many options and a balance between multitasking and distraction-free mode

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“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” – Tony Robbins

Today, there is fascination towards learning that comes at ease. It can be online education/e-Learning under which one can pursue an education at the comfort of his or her home. With so much free content on the web, learners often think that acquiring knowledge will be an easy process. However, here goes a saying of no free lunch. To make learning really rewarding, one perhaps needs to ensure that he or she can stay focused on one theme for an extended period of time.

Learners are often swayed by new courses. While on the web, there is a tendency to move from one website to another. Many end up registering for numerous courses/books with little followup. There is a lack of commitment to stick with one goal at a time.

Practice at some point becomes monotonous. But single-handed devotion requires practice at a time when there is a temptation to quit and do something new. Athletes for sure know that big part of their performance rests on practice. There is perhaps no short cut to it. Despite tilt towards so-called multitasking, today’s knowledge- and information-intense products require specialized inputs which can be effectively delivered after acquiring expertise in one area of choice.

As an adult learner, we need to make sure that we do not use plea of multitasking to cover up our inability to stick with one commitment. Rehearsal of one quality script instead of ever searching for newer scripts makes many salespeople realize where they initially made an error!

Medium.com has evolved as a site for readers where they can access contents without the distracting ads. Here is what they strive to achieve through the platform: We want to eliminate distractions that get in the way of reading flow and reduce distortions that could undermine your trust in what you read on Medium…

For today’s professionals under most streams, it is not practical to set smartphone to Do Not Disturb option say for 8 hours because of being involved in say a writing project. Even while writing, a writer needs to surf from one website to another for ideas. So, there is no thin line of difference between single-handed focus or distraction-free mode and multitasking. Just like multitasking should not be a coverup for our inability to stick with one goal, similarly, distraction-free not coverup of inability to move fast in a distracting environment. For marketers, this distraction is their bread and butter. They need to handle calls over their smartphones while surfing on a desktop/laptop in the office, attending colleagues and clients simultaneously. In other words, a balance needs to be made between single-handed focus and multitasking.

According to a study by WPForms, the biggest reason why people abandon a website without filling out a form is distraction! Majority of web pages contain multiple offers which distract users and take them away from the most important part, the lead generation forms. While filling online forms in order to eliminate so-called distractions, consider newly-introduced Form Pages Addon by WPForms (released January 22, 2019).

 

An application of the above addon is done with Suggestion Form on our website:

 

One of the problems with WordPress until now was the themes took preponderance over forms since form layout controlled by the installed theme. For instance as our WordPress website www.digitalsplendid.net is using Editorial theme by MysteryThemes, until now, any form attached had elements of headers, footers, sidebars, colors defined under the theme setting. So, it was difficult to have a form landing page independent of theme. Now, with this Form Pages Addon, there is a possibility to have a landing page that is controlled by the options set under the addon bypassing theme.

 

After ‘Enable Form Page Mode’ you have:

(i) Form Page Title: Set ‘Suggestion Form’ for the example.

(ii) Message: content that will be displayed below the page title and above the form. Left blank in the example.

(iii) Permalink: A place to set url of the form (set ‘suggestion-form-2’ in the example)

(iv) Header logo

(v) Footer Text: Left blank in the Suggestion Form example as our focus is to create a distraction-free environment for filling forms. So, it makes sense to keep contents under Message and Footer Text minimal.

(vi) Color scheme: You can define any color in addition to six default colors in box.

(vii) Style:

The Suggestion Form is using Modern Design. Here is our Survey Form in Classic Design:


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