Last Updated on 6 months Distractions are everywhere. Avoiding distractions is a key practice to becoming productive than others, and also it increases awareness about the surroundings. In simple words, by avoiding or eliminating the distractions, you will become more productive and invincible. Distractions are out there where you look up.
In this fast pace and on tune notification world, we get distracted so easily, and in common sense realm, it is hard to eliminate distractions, we just can avoid for the short-term period. Every single person who works for a living is getting interrupted 50 to 60 times per day, and about 80% of these interruptions are unimportant. There are some normal and some are the uncanny tactics that we will cover in just a while, but first, you should understand what is distractions and what types are there.
So, let’s nail down it;
- What is the meaning of distractions ??
- What psychology says about the distractions ??
- What types of distractions out there ??
- How to avoid distractions ??
Distraction is something that turns your attention away from something you want to concentrate on and makes you a wanderer.
In other words, distractions are the noise of a peaceful mind. Distraction is within you, known as an internal distraction, and the distractions that distract you externally called external distractions. We will roast it in just a while.
According to psychology-Wikia, distraction is the diverting of the attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction.
Distraction is caused by one of the following: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the subject of attention; greater interest in something rather than the subject of attention. Distractions hijacked your mind and stair you one single point to another point; and so, distraction renamed hijacked by psychology today.
Distraction has two types: Internal distractions and External distractions. Both have their own problems and own solutions. Internal distractions (Opposite of Internal L.O.C) are not easy to avoid because it connects with our sub-conscious mind. Distractions are everywhere as we all know, and it’s hard to eliminate from roots but you can easily avoid them. Let’s drill down both distractions.
1. Internal Distractions
Causes that occurred by the internal factors of the human body like emotions, sub-conscious garbage, and malicious thoughts called internal distractions. It is easy to understand but it’s hard to eliminate from its roots. As a Chinese proverb, cut up grass by the root, and it will sprout no more.
Here is the list of Internal Distractions;
- Boredom/Dislike of the subject
- Anxiety caused by the subject
- Personal Problems and worriers
- The complexity of the subject
- Negative reactions to Noise or Environment
We will learn how to avoid all these in the next section but first, you need to accept, what comes out because what comes in through your hands. Internal distractions are nothing but a by-product of our thoughts that we reciting every single day.
2. External Distractions
Causes that occurred by the surrounding that covers you like the walls, lighting, companions, and your desk. These all are primary factors that distract you from your most important work, called External distractions. We can easily avoid or conquer them
- Work Area
- Auditory distractions
- Visual distractions
- Lack of Skills
- Intrusive Co-worker
External distractions are easy to eliminate. External distractions are not much more dangerous than internal distractions, but sometimes, external distractions are more dangerous; when we are crossing the road, and suddenly, notification bumps up. It is about life and death. When we are doing our most prioritize task and suddenly one worst thought pops up, and you lost in the delusion. I am not saying that don’t wander with your mind, you should wander but remember you invest time more than you wandering.
Distractions are easy to avoid as becoming a millionaire through practicing millionaires habits. You just need to understand your mind and your environment and put these all tactics in the real world. You just need to tell your monkey mind what is most important to you at that time. So, here 12 Tactics that help you a lot.
1. What distract you !!
As we all know there are two types of distraction: Internal distractions and External distractions. First thing first, you should understand what distract you. Is it your mobile? Is it your thought about your ex-girlfriend? Is it lighting of the workplace? Is it anxiety? You should tell yourself what distracts you.
There are lots of causes of distractions from internal to external, boredom to the temperature of the room. Let’s drill down the most common internal and external causes with its solutions.
- Boredom – Find reasons which satisfy you for taking your work and wither boredom.
- Personal problems and Worries – Talk with your friends or companions.
- Complexity of task – Break the task into small pieces [Kaizen Way]
- Temperature – Dress appropriately and layer up it.
Remember, all problems come up with their solutions.
Most productive leaders or great planners always come up with ideas, plans of action about the idea, and how to perform this idea. In short, you should come up at your workplace with proper preparations including a to-do list, comfortable clothes and etc…
Write down various steps to accomplish your tasks and, of course, use the 80/20 principle to achieve more with investing little time. It’s important to set your to-dos with deadlines.
There are various benefits of the setting to-do list;
- A to-do list helps you set priorities
- A to-do list tracks your progress
- A to-do list doesn’t forget
A setting to-do list helps you to keep concentrating on what most important to you. It also analyzes what you did and what you need to do.
3. Always stay Offline
Shut off your wi-fi connection, turn on airplane mode, and mute all notifications. In short, make it difficult to waste your time online. Stay focused, Anti-social, Leech block, and Cold turkey are all blockers that you can install if you must use the Internet to complete your work. These will block specific websites or your whole connection for certain periods of time.
Tend to leave your charger at home, turning off/disabling your airport, or working in a public setting (where others can see your screen).
4. Sleep Enough
From Millionaires to College students, you should sleep enough to catch your goals. Distractions come to those who don’t sleep enough. It’s recommended to get at least 7-8 hours each night. In addition to helping you focus; sleep helps protect and strengthen your memory. Research shows that sleeping after learning can help with memory retention.
It’s important to get seven to eight hours of sleep so that you can experience all the sleep stages, and also well sleep contributes various things including creative thinking, long-term memory, and memory processing.
5. Be a Better Thinker
Better thinker those who think deeply about a particular thought, and comes up with a plan of action. External distraction is all about the lack of preparation that we already covered. Better thinkers always think about what is most important to them right now. Becoming a better thinker is so easy just follow these steps.
6. Give break to Yourself
By doing physical activities including walking outside for a while, read books, meditate, playing physical games like sudoku, and more, helps you to become a less distracted person.
7. Working with a deadline.
Setting a deadline for your work, helps you to become speedy. Research shows that it takes an average of 90 minutes to accomplish anything worthwhile. Distractions begin with just one single thought but it ends up with lots of thoughts. If you are dedicated to your work and working with deadline then you can easily get out of the distractions.
8. Become early.
This is a very simple thing. Come up at your workplace before anyone else and start managing your to-do list. Start your work before anyone else helps you to achieve high productivity, and also, eliminate distractions. Because you start doing work early, and already managed your to-dos; you will achieve your target before anyone else.
9. Breathing Techniques
When you feel overwhelmed, you can bring back yourself to the present moment by focusing on your breath, also known as meditation. The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds.
10. Work in the same place every day.
If you always go to the same coffee shop or always sit at the same place on the couch to do your work, you’ll be more productive, more able to focus, and will be less distracted by the new environment you’re experiencing every time you have to do something.
11. Pinpoint Your Emotional Distractions
Remember, all distractions are not YouTube related or Facebook-related. Sometimes, you’re focused entirely on reading novels, and all of a sudden, your ex pops into your head. Game over.
If you find yourself distracted by a wandering mind [monkey mind], don’t try to tell yourself to stop, give yourself a break. Let yourself think about it for a minute, let yourself be distracted, and get it out of your system. Then put it away.
12. Celebrate each accomplishment.
When you get something done from your list, celebrate that thing for a minute. Take a minute before you do something else to relax. You earned it. Use small celebrations for everyday things. When you finish your project for the workday, cross it off the list and pour a glass of wine. you’re done!
These all are the 12 tactics that help you a lot when you are distracted. You can avoid distractions by just doing small activities that makes you feel good. First, you should understand what is a real problem, is it internal or external? Without understanding your environment, you can’t overcome distractions.
Tell me what type of distractions you ever feel? Is it internal or external? Tell me in the comment section.