Are you often distracted by social media, emails, phone calls or by multitasking efforts? Are you willing to stop letting distractions that keep holding you back? If yes, then this article should be helpful in eliminating distractions and growing up your productivity level.
Lately, multitasking is loosing its fame due to high risk of unfinished tasks as a result. It is still good to group similar tasks, but definitely not the best idea to jump from one unrelated task to another. As a result, we get distracted, we lose time, and have all tasks as unfinished at the end of the day.
Among the variety of advises and verified techniques used by high achievers here is the list of top 7, that will definitely help you stop letting distractions while you need to focus and get the things DONE:
To Do list.
A well known to-do list is a best friend of anti-distraction work style. At the end of each work day plan what needs to be done tomorrow by creating a to do list. Then, stick with it. To Do lists are magical not only because they help you to decide on tasks, prioritize, list and move according to your plan. They are as well great progress trackers of how much time exactly each task required and how much actually is accomplished during the day.
2. Do ONE thing at a time
Trying to juggle several not related things at the same time is a path to a constant distraction and time leak.
3. Turn OFF the Social Media
If we will mark every time that we check our social media profiles we will not believe the numbers at the end of the day. This is a biggest distraction in our days that is really hard to deal with. Therefore, different applications are available to block Social Media for a defined time frame.
Jeremy Goldman shared a great article on this topic “6 Apps to Stop Your Smartphone Addiction”
Another great selection is provided by The Guardian in their article called “The internet restriction apps that help improve productivity”
Choose application that suits you better and stop letting distractions from your Social Media.
4. Work effectively for a defined period, then take a break.
Breaking your tasks into defined periods help to increase your productivity level, to be more concentrated on specific project and to keep distractions away. Set your timer and start your progress. Then take a break and continue.
5. Change Location.
Location change helps. It can be another spot in the office, coffee shop, park or different room in your apartment/house.
6. Start your work day straight from the task.
Noticed that if the work day is started straight from the task it increases the productivity outcome. I prefer starting from the heaviest or urgent tasks, as they usually are reflected on my internal state. If postponed or abandoned they become like heavy stones I have to carry until the task is finally done. So, I prefer to work through those first and always place them first in my list.
7. Establish time frames for email verification, otherwise you constantly will be distracted.
Email is another great distraction that can result zero tasks done at the end of the day if constantly verified. Decide on time frames that work best for you, stick with them and verify your email only during established time (of course an important email expected can be an exclusion from your regular email verification time frames). You may even inform your colleagues and partners that these are your email verification time blocks and if anything extremely urgent requires your attention there is a phone number available.
It is a way harder to stay focused in our days, but you can find and work out a routine that works best for your specific situation. Technique that will help you to overcome distraction weaknesses and eventually STOP LETTING DISTRACTIONS THAT HOLD YOU BACK.
Stay focused, move forward!