How to Not Get Distracted!
You have some idea of what needs to be done, but what happens next?
You write a few words down but just can’t stay focused!
Well it doesn’t have to be this way, all you need to do is focus on finishing this article to find out how to not get distracted easily.
Here’re some important notes you need to know:
1. Keep Your Vision and Goals in Mind.
First things first, why do you even need to focus? Do you want to become a skilled guitar player? Do you want to write a novel? Do you want to start working from home?
Think about it.
Knowing why we need to stay focused can help us push through the tough and tedious parts of accomplishing our goals. That’s when our ability to focus is really tested and when it’s most needed.
2.Do Those Tasks as Soon as Possible!
In order to make sure you get those 2 to 3 tasks done, you need to do them early. This means as soon as you wake up, you’re already plotting how to do them.
So get up, use the bathroom, eat breakfast, and do it (Yes, BEFORE work is the best time to do it).
3.Remove External Distractions.
This tip is straightforward, just get away from things that distract you.
Is the television a distraction? Work in another room. Are the kids distracting you? Get up earlier and work before they wake up. Is the Internet distracting? Turn off the modem.
It’s usually obvious what you should do, but you still shouldn’t overlook this piece of advice.
4.Control Your Internal Distractions.
Internal distractions are one of those problems you can’t really run away from. You need to find ways to prepare your mind for work, and find simple ways to keep it from straying to non-essential thoughts as well.
A good way to prime your mind for work is to have a dedicated work station. If you always work in a specific area, then your mind will associate that area with work related thoughts.
Simple enough, right? When you take breaks make sure to leave your work station, that way you’ll know when you’re “allowed” to let your thoughts roam free as well.
5. Reduce the Chaos of Your Day by Focusing on 2 to 3 Important Tasks.
If you have 20 tasks you need done everyday how effective do you think your focus ability will be? Terrible, right?
You can’t expect to do those things with sophistication if you’re too scatterbrained to focus. You need to break it down to the essentials.
Focus on only doing 2-3 important tasks a day (even one is okay), but no more than that. It’s all you need to take steps towards accomplishing your goals. Slower is much better than giving up early because you took on too much, too early.
6.Skip What You Don’t Know!
This is a tip I don’t see often enough, if you hit a snag in your work then come back to it later. Focus your attention on what you CAN do, keep working “mindlessly” at all costs. All this means is that you should focus on the easy parts first.
7.Improve Your Discipline With Focus Practice.
here’s a few focus exercises you can do to improve your overall discipline.
The first one is meditation, which is basically the definition of focus in practice. Think about it, you’re literally just sitting there doing nothing. It’s a great method for building focus ability, de-stressing, and giving you greater control over your emotions.
The second exercise is the Pomodoro method. These are basically “focus sprints,” and each one is followed by a solid break. Like real sprints, you’ll get better and better at doing them over time. Each interval
8.Manage Your Momentum
Momentum is like a discipline lubricant‒it helps ease the process of sticking with goals. That’s why I think it’s important that we never take true breaks from our goals; we end up losing momentum and relying on discipline to get back on track (not an easy thing to do).
This means each and every day we need to do something significant to further our goals (yes, even weekends and holidays). And when I say “significant,” I don’t necessarily mean a big task‒but rather, any task that brings us closer to our goals.
9.Visualize Yourself Working
There is a proper way of using visualization, and it’s by visualizing yourself actually WORKING (not as if you’ve succeeded already).
Champion runners use this technique to great effect, usually by working backward. They imagine themselves winning at first, then they act out the whole process in reverse, feeling, and visualizing each step all the way to the beginning.