How easy is it to get distracted?
I'm sure you'll agree that it is very easy to get carried away by the little attractions and distractions that pop up in daily life.
These distractions can be so counter-productive when you are trying to studying or get a task done in a limited amount of time. How can you get over the hurdle of being constantly distracted? Here are a few tips!
One great way to eliminate distractions and be more productive is by setting a timer before you work. It can be quite risky to just hope that you'll concentrate and finish your work by a certain amount of time.
Instead of making an unconvincing mental promise to focus, start a timer. A timer won't extend itself every 20 minutes, like you might do if you get distracted and feel the urge to procrastinate. Setting a timer will help you realise that every second counts and you've got to get cracking.
Yes. If you struggle with getting distracted, the best thing you can do for yourself is turn off your phone. Getting your work done is so much easier when you don't have noisy notifications going off, or a green light flashing every 2 minutes from your phone.
It's quite a simple thing to do, but will protect you from so many distractions, many of which come from social media or the internet. Even if you find yourself gravitating towards your phone, when you pick it up and see that it's off, that will send you back to work, rather than motivate you to turn it on. It's so crazy but effective.
Another way to eliminate distractions to increase productivity is by preparing a reward to keep you motivated. For instance, you can tell yourself that if you get your work done on time and to a good standard you'll allow yourself one hour of watching your favourite TV show.
All of a sudden, you start visualising completing the work and having the opportunity to relax and watch that TV show. The truth is, avoiding distractions will save you time, time that you can use to do what you love.
Is the area around you contributing to you getting distracted? One great way to eliminate distractions and increase your productivity is by making your work area clean and tidy before you start work. A clean desk really does a lot to make you feel like you're starting a new slate and helps to inject a mentality of freshness and innovation into your work.
Clearing your space also means that you'll get rid of documents and flyers on your desk that could catch your eye as you work. With no distractions in your peripheral vision, you'll be able to focus on the task at hand, and get it done well.
What are you dreading the most? Get it done first. If you manage to complete the task you're least looking forward to first, it will increase your confidence in your ability and give you the motivation to do all the other things on your to-do list.
Think about it: the most unpleasant task is the one you're most likely going to distract yourself from. However, if you target it first you're likely to have more willpower to complete it, and you'll feel a tremendous burst of relief when you finally finish it. It's unlikely you'll get so distracted after you successfully complete the most daunting task!
There are so many sounds that could distract you when you're trying to work. It could be the sound of laughter from someone next to you, or noise from the TV in the background. It's so easy to get drawn in and distracted when you hear some form of conversation around you. Within a matter of minutes you could be off your seat and standing up to hear what the news channel has to say.
The point is, when you're working, you're supposed to be working. And to work well, you need to be able to have a quiet environment where you can hear your own thoughts. You can increase your productivity greatly by going into a quiet room and shutting the door so you can concentrate. It's the same principle as turning your phone off.
What are the consequences if you get distracted and do not complete that essay that's due in class tomorrow, or that report that your boss expects? Although you may not think of it in the moment of procrastination, there could be many negative consequences of getting distracted. At the very least, you're wasting your time and energy as well as developing a bad habit whenever you get distracted.
Contrast the benefits of getting your work done early with succumbing to distractions and having to pull an all-nighter, or perhaps running out of time completely. Use that forethought to make the best use of your time, now.
Finally, eliminate distractions by telling a friend how important it is for you to get your work done. Tell them the deadline you have to complete it by and the exact thing you hope to complete. Have that friend call you about an hour after you are scheduled to have completed the work.
This can be a great way to motivate yourself to avoid distractions, so that when your friend checks back, you can confidently tell them that you got the work done!
The Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, explains how mastering the ability of eliminating distractions helps you achieve extraordinary results. Having this ability is like having a super power in an era that is so full of distractions and those getting distracted! Deep Work is available on Amazon, here.
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