Modern life is distracting. It is chaotic, fast paced, instant and distracting. There is noise, lights, movement, screens… the list goes on and on. At OutdoorCure HQ we try to keep distractions to a minimum but have found it is part environment and in part our minds. Maintaining focus is essential for a productive week, whether it is getting a task done, achieving a goal or revising for an exam. It may be that you are simply working from home and find that you are constantly getting distracted by things. So, what can we do about it? How can we ensure that we are being proactive and choosing to get things done rather than letting ourselves fall down the rabbit hole of distraction? Check out our handy top tip guide below:
The OutdoorCureOnline Guide to Avoiding Distraction and Getting Stuff Done
- Remove external distractions – this is the most obvious piece of advice ever but it’s also the one that you need to be strictest about. Distracted by your phone? Take it to another room. Distracted by the television? Turn it off. Take action.
- Turn down the internal distractions. If you are prone to your mind wandering or have intrusive thoughts it is more difficult – you can’t simply take these to another room. It may be that you have to prepare your mind for the task ahead – whether it be work or a chore and then focus on getting the task done. Focus on the action and your mind may start to switch to thinking about the task itself.
- If you don’t know it or haven’t got the equipment needed then skip it and move on to the next task. It’s a bit like doing an exam and going back to that question you don’t know the answer to at the end. Often if you break momentum in your task, you lose focus and can become easily distracted.
- Experiment with the best working space or environment for you and pick a space that works for you. Remember, it may not have to be distraction free – sometimes dull environments can make people sleepy! Explore and notice what works for you.
- Monitor your wandering mind and notice when you are becoming distracted by your thoughts. By paying attention you can take action – do you need a break? Do you need to hydrate or take a walk?
- Remind yourself of what you want to achieve. Why not write it down and when you notice that your mind is not focusing on the task at hand read your mission statement.
- Break down your task – if you become very easily distracted this one works wonders. Focus for short bursts – so for example, set a timer for 20 minutes – dedicate that time to your chosen task, maybe reading some emails and go all out for these 20 minutes. As you train your mind to stay focused, you can extend the time!
Let’s stay focused!
The OutdoorCureOnline Team x