As someone who gets distracted easily, I know how hard it can be to avoid distractions. You can be doing one thing this minute and the next minute, you are on to something else without completing the original one. I really can’t give a particular cause for why people get distracted easily. It could be as a result of lack of energy, a need for a change or something new, mental disability or anything else. Either way, a lot of people get distracted and there is a need to share tips on how to avoid distractions because distractions not only affect people’s productivity but also their rest.
With so much going on in this world and everyone’s personal lives, it is very easy to get distracted. As easy as it is to get distracted, you would think it would also be very easy to get (un) distracted. But it is even very hard, it almost seems impossible for most but it’s not quite impossible. So I decided to curate a list of 7 tips on how to avoid distractions. So without wasting too much time, let’s get right into it.
1. Create a weekly to do list or schedule
I know you might be thinking, “what does a weekly schedule or to do list have to do with not getting distracted?” A weekly to do list helps and guides you through what you have to do for the week. So you know when and how much time you have to get things done. This helps a lot in your personal and professional life. Because when you set goals or targets that you must reach by the end of the week and also allocate time to these targets, you are more likely to get them done.
2. Set small goals daily
When you are creating your weekly to do list or schedule, learn to divide your goals for the week into smaller daily goals so you won’t feel overwhelmed. You will know that by the end of each day, you have completed a particular small goal or some small goals, which will gradually lead you to completing your weekly goals.
There are some people who prefer to have all of their work done in one or two days of the week, but most times and for most people, it’s best to share the work over the course of 7 days so you will be able to reach your weekly target.
3. Break larger projects into smaller bits
This tip complements the above tip. This is to emphasize the need to take things one step at a time. No need to overload or overwork yourself. A good example of how to break larger projects into smaller bits is this example for students where it’s best to start preparing for their exams over the course of several weeks before the exams. As opposed to preparing for their exams few days before the exams, then they start forcing their brains to take more than it can. I believe my fellow Nigerians students call their “La cram, La pour.”
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4. Take breaks regularly
Whenever you are doing anything, whether it’s for a small goal or a large goal, take breaks. This is very important. Our bodies are not really wired to work constantly everyday over a long period of time. If we do this to our bodies, with time, it will start to show on our bodies. Learning to take regular breaks is very important so you won’t feel overwhelmed or stressed.
For example, if you are working, you can work for 50 minutes and take a 10 minute break. You can use this small break to walk around, use the restroom, get some water or respond to important messages. Don’t just keep doing the same thing for hours on end. It might not show now but it will tell on your body in future.
5. Reward yourself
When you achieve something, be it small or big, learn to reward yourself. Your rewards don’t have to be something big, just something that makes you content and happy. That way, you will train your brain to focus on one activity and finish it before moving on to the next. This way, you are teaching your brain to avoid distractions and be more productive. Like I said, your rewards don’t have to be big, expensive or something that costs you money, just find something you like or enjoy.
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A good way to learn to focus in the present and not constantly daydream is by meditation. Meditating helps to bring you peace and a sense of self control. When you meditate regularly, you feel assured and in control of yourself. And you are more likely to avoid distractions when you are in control of yourself and have trained yourself to focus on your goals.
You can do all the above tips but if you don’t learn to prioritise rest and sleep, I promise you won’t be able to avoid distractions.
Because the body needs rest, it needs a period when it’s not working, just recharging. When you get adequate rest, you are more energised and in control of yourself. But when you lack adequate rest, you are more likely to be restless and anxious, more likely to be clumsy and over the place so it’s very important to prioritise rest and sleep.
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