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How to Stay Focused In A Distracting World

You reach for your phone. You open your favorite app. Nothing has changed since you last did this 10 minutes ago, but you kind of forgot that you'd just done this. So, you open a different app… but you were just there, too. Does this busy brain activity sound familiar?


Sometimes, we convince ourselves we're being super productive by staying up to date with the latest news and happenings on social media and responding to emails immediately. The reality of the matter, though, is you are distracting yourself from the bigger things you should be focusing on.


When you're at work your focus should be on work. When you're at home your focus should be on your home life. It’s time to take back control.


  • No More Notifications

Open your phone settings right now and go in and turn off notifications. You don't need an update about who sent what Tweet yesterday just to be able to see it now. You don't need a constant stream of distressing news updates breaking your focus. Check your social media at set times, do the same for email, and ignore them the rest of the time.


  • A Healthy Routine

You can improve your focus by establishing a healthy daily routine. When you set your routine and you get used to it you don't have to waste time thinking about what comes next. It's the exact reason why people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg would wear the same outfit daily. Just one less decision to have to make that day.


  • Prioritize

What does your day look like? What is on your to-do list? The best way to avoid distractions is to rank your tasks in order of priority. It can be overwhelming when you think about all of the things you need to do by putting them in order you remove the stress and overwhelm. You know what is most important and you get it done first.


  • Say No To Multitasking

Are you a multitasker? If yes, are you good at it? If yes, you're wrong. Sorry. Your attempt at multitasking is slowing you down, reducing your productivity, and you're not doing each task as well as you could be. By multitasking, you contribute to your distractions.



  • Renew

When your schedule is getting a bit out of control and when the world is throwing distractions in your face, it's difficult to take a moment for yourself. However, renewal is vital. As your energy dips, memory is fading, and you can feel the stress creeping in, it is important that you withdraw from that and take time to regenerate. May I suggest a quick meditation to refresh the mind.


Be Well My Friend!


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