Struggling to eliminate distractions? Are you where you want to be in life? If you answered, no, are you taking the necessary steps that will get you there? Or, do you find yourself constantly distracted and working on other things? Having goals for yourself is great, but they don’t mean anything if you can’t focus enough to do the work and do what you must to achieve them. So, what’s distracting you? Whatever it is, here are five ways to eliminate distractions from your life so that you can focus on what’s important and be more productive.
The Truth About Distractions
Distractions can be defined as anything that prevents you from giving your full, undivided attention to something else. Distractions happen when you’re not crystal clear on what is important. In fact, being distracted is really a mindset thing, if nothing else. (I am not referring to things that are unavoidable like children, who are obviously dependent on adults.) I know most people would say that distractions are attributed to social media, television, etc. But it all starts with our minds. Yes, some distractions can be good, especially in times of hardship or heartbreak. But others can be bad, and these distractions can have negative consequences in our lives or productivity. For the sake of this post, I’ll be focusing on bad distractions.
Why You Need to Eliminate Distractions
I get it, we live in a society of connectivity now. Everything is literally at our fingertips at any time. We’re constantly faced with the temptation to fall down the rabbit hole of unlimited information, or things to do that’s present to us. The thing is, we’re only hurting ourselves. Being distracted can lead to unnecessary confusion and stress. Why would you want that?
How to Eliminate Distractions & Improve Your Focus
So, are you ready to take control of your life and improve your focus, concentration and productivity once and for all? Here are 5 easy ways to eliminate distractions.
1. Get Your Priorities in Order
Life is never going to stop coming at you, and distractions will always be present. In order to stay focused, you need to get clear on what your goals are and what’s important to you. In my post “How to Get Your Priorities in Order with Steps” I discuss the importance of getting clear on the things you want for yourself. Doing so gives you a purpose, your “why”. When you achieve clarity, it’s much easier to roll up your sleeves and get focused on meeting your goals, and falling victim to distractions won’t happen as often.
2. Identify Your Triggers
What are the things that make your mind wander or make lose your focus? When you know what is distracting you, you can start to change your environment or behaviors to avoid them. Take time to identify them so that you can either minimize or eliminate them completely. Triggers can be both internal or external.
3. Focus on One Thing at a Time
I know many of you may pride yourself on your ability to multitask. Honestly, I used to do the same thing. Then I realized I felt like I was always running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Multitasking actually can serve as a distraction. (Think – productive versus busy). Multitasking isn’t some special skill that you were blessed with or something to brag about. In fact, research shows that multitasking has a negative impact on your performance and it’s actually pretty harmful to your brain and IQ. Instead, focus on one task at a time. This can easily be achieved through time-blocking. Time blocking is a time management strategy that requires you to block out certain stretches of time. During each block of time, your only working on one task.
4. Establish a Daily Routine
Has it ever occurred to you that you’re so distracted because you don’t have a plan or routine in place. Subconsciously you allow your attention to be pulled in so many different directions because you don’t really know what to focus on. Having good habits and a routine in place will serve to improve your focus and bring some structure to your day.
5. Take Breaks
Believe it or not, taking short breaks can help to improve your focus. During this time, find ways to relax your mind and body. Being productive doesn’t mean that you have to exhaust yourself.
Are you ready to ditch those distractions and take your life into your hands? You have the power to do so!
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