Every Workday Needs a Game Plan (thanks to Lifehacker)
A compulsion to surf the Internet and check e-mail stirs up a “desire to be in the know, to not be left out, that ends up taking up a lot of our time”—at the expense of getting things done, Mr. Ellwood said. If he had his way, he would cut off Internet access—but not e-mail—for a vast majority of employees, and set up dedicated workstations for people to use when they really needed the Web for their work.
A short NY Times article tackles productivity problems in the modern workplace. To sum up, they are: multitasking, email, and long, paralyzing to-do lists. One productivity expert actually recommends that companies restrict internet access for their employees: