5 Ways To Focus In A Distracting World

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Countless distractions derail our focus each day. Research suggests that with computer work, we get distracted or interrupted an average of every 40 seconds. Combine that with the internal stress of running a company, social media, and a never-ending news cycle, and it’s enough to make you throw your hands up in frustration. Luckily, these distractions are infinitely easier to deal with ahead of time. Here are five creative things you can do right now to tame a few of those everyday distractions.

1 CREATE A PERSONALIZED DISTRACTION-FREE RITUAL.

Writing requires I enter a state of deep focus — that’s why I’ve created a distraction-free ritual I follow before each session. I launch a distractions-blocking application on my computer (I recommend Freedom, Cold Turkey, and Self Control), switch my phone into airplane mode, grab a coffee, and put on noise-cancelling headphones. Your distraction-free ritual will likely look different, but it will serve the same purpose: It helps you hunker down and focus on your most important work.

2 KEEP A DISTRACTIONS LIST.

Distractions inevitably arise no matter what we do; we recall emails demanding a follow up and errands to get done. Random ideas pop into our mind and derail our focus. A distractions list will help you remain focused on the task at hand. Whenever an external (or internal) distraction pops up, put it on your list so you can deal with it later and refocus on the task at hand.

3 PUT YOUR PHONE IN GRAYSCALE MODE.

Have you ever enabled your phone’s grayscale mode? This is probably the quickest hack on this list, and one that will cut the amount of time you spend on your phone without changing its functionality. Usually found under a device’s accessibility settings, grayscale mode makes your phone screen black and white, which makes paying attention to it significantly less fun and distracting.

4 READ MORE PHYSICAL NEWS.

One of the best focus decisions I’ve made in recent years has been to opt out of online news and subscribe to a physical newspaper. Research suggests that while we read physical books, newspapers, and magazines deeply, we typically only scan digital content. This makes a physical newspaper worth it; you’ll process stories and ideas deeper, and reflect more on what you read. Plus distracting websites and apps won’t be a click or tap away.

5 SCHEDULE TIME TO NOT FOCUS.

Focusing all day is one of the worst things you can do for your productivity. You need to recharge. Three things are accomplished when you take proper breaks and let your mind wander.

First, a wandering mind lets you rest, because you aren’t exerting mental energy by forcing yourself to focus. Second, your best ideas come when you’re unfocused, like during your morning shower. Third, a wandering mind lets you plan. In fact, you think about your goals 14 times more when mind-wandering.

To unfocus, do something habitual that doesn’t consume your full attention, like going for a walk without your phone, exercising, or simply letting your mind wander as you walk from one meeting to the next.

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