In our last piece, we explained why distractions occur; because of our own choices, tendencies, and behaviors, and how these problems can be fixed by many different But what are some solutions you can try? Here’s a list of the most consistent answers I’ve found online. :
1. Disconnect the Internet
. I’m willing to say that over 80% of our distractions and procastination encouragers come from the internet. By removing this one thing, we increase potential opportunities to focus. This can be as easy and closing down email updates, disabling your browser, or completely disconnecting from Wi-fi. Whatever it takes, one can simply remove that factor, and get so much more done.
2. Background noise:
Create a “sound barrier” between you, and possible distractions. This might mean you use silence, or it might mean a movie soundtrack. I can’t say. But the choice is up to each individual. Now, not every person works well with music. Music is especially helpful for me because of my auditory processing disorder. I find it hard to focus on a single source of information when there are a variety of sounds to attract my attention. That’s why I normally tap on Spotify while writing, and have a soundtrack in the background (Current pick: Basement Traxx vs Metropole Orkest is an excellent album, very strong as an orchestral albums. But the point is to create your own “Bubble”, so that you get what you need done.
3. Avoiding Switch-Tasking:
I’ve written about this topic before, but the behavior of switching from one thing to another has a consequence of affecting one’s ability to concentrate for a singular amount of time. The distractions have a tendency of weakening the sense of “Focus” that one has every day. These behaviors can include email updates, social media, and many other potential mediums. By disabling possible Tasks-that-switch, you will have more focus, and be able to work and think for longer amounts of time.
4. Control interruptions:
I know that many of us want to work in areas where others have access to us, but the answer isn’t there. This opens up doors for distractions and rabbit trails that will pull you away from your goals. So, creating a time where you do certain tasks is a good idea. This is relatable, especially to things like phone calls, email, and meetings.
If you wish for more articles, please visit Lifehacker’s Distraction feed for more tips, tools, and tricks. I’ve found many a morsel on this topic from their blog.