Friday, April 1, 2016

Tips For Staying Focused & Avoid Distractions

We all know how hard it can be to concentrate on the task with all the distractions around you. If you find yourself checking your phone all the time and switching from one task to another, I think you'll benefit from reading this post. I'd say that it's a work in progress and I'm still learning to stay focused while I work on something and sometimes fail at that. But those are 5 tips that have really helped me to step up my game.

1. Put your phone away! Seriously, do it! There's nothing as distracting as having your phone buzzing with notifications every other second. Even if you're good at not checking your instagram or facebook every 15 minutes, while you should be doing the work, you still get distracted by the notifications on your screen. Just do yourself a favor and put your phone in airplane mode or simply away.

2. Focus on one task at a time. This is a big one and something I should definitely work on. If you don't know yet, multitasking is killing your brain! I'm not talking about the kind of multitasking where you listen to a podcast and folding your laundry. I'm talking about 2 things that you're doing at the same time (switching from one to another counts too!) that both require your thinking. Putting it short, it'd take forever to do both tasks and you'd probably suck at them too...

3. Schedule the time. I'm a huge believer in to-do lists and scheduling things beforehand. And when you have your strictly dedicated time, you'd more likely be able to concentrate on that one task you need to do. So, out it on your to-do list and stick with the plan.

4. Get in the zone. Meaning, don't think about anything else for that 1 hour or whatever time you have. That text or email you forgot to respond to or a pile of dishes in your sink. It may need to be done, but not NOW! forget about it, get it out of your head and try your best to concentrate on one project, whatever that is.

5. Get your headphones on. If you work from a coffee shop or have people around the house, it's especially helpful to have sound blocking headphones. You can simply do the work in silence or use sites like RainMood and Coffity for some nice background noises. Also, if you have any particular songs you listen to while working, do share!
How to avoid distractions

Thanks for reading! 

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