Be honest. How many times a day do you go on Facebook or Instagram only seeing the same thing that you were looking at 5 minutes ago? How many times a day do you reach for your phone?
We often tell ourselves and other people that "there isn't enough time in the day", and I know I've used that excuse several times in the past myself. But the truth is: there is more time, and it's up to us to get rid of those distractions and create time for ourselves. Because the reality is that we do have the time to go for that walk or have one more hour or sleep or to work on the goals we've set for ourselves.
Also, I'm sure you've heard this before, but being busy does not mean being productive. As a society, we've managed to glorify being busy, but being busy often leads to being a state of overwhelm and stress which isn't good for our physical or mental health.
4 Ways To Reduce Distractions And Be More Productive
1. Do a brain dump and get all your thoughts down.
Do you ever find yourself jumping from task to task? Working on your own things can be hard, especially when you don’t prioritize and plan ahead of time. It’s easy to get distracted when you think all ten things are important, but are they all really things that need to be done right now? Are there items on your list that are actually top priority?
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed and don’t know which thing I should focus on next, I write down everything that I want to do, need to do, think I should do, etc. so I can actually see things from an eagle eye’s view. Y’know, the big picture.
2. Have a daily planner.
A lot of people seem to have a love/hate relationship with their to do list. All I can say is …me too, but I've started (again) on doing my 3 most important tasks of the day (1 money making activity, 1 marketing activity, and 1 soulful / spiritual activity).
And give yourself a break. If you’re all work, work, work all the time - you’re not going to want to do it because that’s all you do. A very, very easy way to burn yourself out. Oh and try to do something besides scrolling through your phone - because you’re developing a tendency for yourself to constantly scroll through your phone and you disrupt your workflow every time you reach for your phone or look at your notifications. Plus, phone / tech addiction is a real thing.
3. Commit to working on one thing at a time.
Some people say they can multitask … I say maybe like .00001% of people can multitask well. Or even kinda well. In my opinion, the average person can’t multitask and give all their attention to multiple things at once. And to be completely honest with you, I'm not even sure I give something all my energy sometimes even if I'm solely just focusing on one thing so I'm not too sure when people try to tell me that they multitask.
Because when you try to focus on too many things at once, you end up focusing on nothing. It’s like when you’re trying to speak to everyone on your platform, and you’re speaking to no one. Or when you’re trying to be on all the platforms (when you’re the only one on your team), where are you really? You're probably spreading yourself too thin.
The reality is that our time, energy, and attention span is limited. And that’s why self-care is so important.
4. Set office hours for yourself.
Calls? Schedule them. Meetings? Schedule them. Your to do list task items? Schedule them.
Do not try to “do them on the fly”. Have some kind of structure and stick to it. Because when you don’t have a structure, it provides the opportunity to get distracted. Even with a structure, I still seem to get distracted sometimes… which goes to show how important it is to have a struct and office hours.
The best part about having office hours? There’s a time when you unplug and sign off. This is something I’m still personally working on, but when you give yourself a set amount of time to work on something, you work smarter and faster because that’s the amount of time you have to do something done.
The truth is: there are so many ways for us to get distracted - and it's so easy to lose your focus. Social media, family, outside noise, emails, etc. But if you practice on being more present and setting your intentions, you'll be less distracted because you know what you want and you're laser focused on getting things done right the first time so y'know you don't have to redo them a second time around. What are some ways you reduce distractions in your own life?
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