With a ton of external media available at our fingertips, it’s hard not to get distracted. Even with the best intentions of getting a task done on time, we can’t help but take a peek at social media to indulge in distractions. And then there’s email! Does this feel familiar?
We may think that some distractions are impossible to avoid. With so much going on, staying focused seems like a hard task to achieve but let us tell you this, it’s not impossible. Here are 5 strategies that can help you avoid distractions, especially in a remote working situation where they’re all around us.
Make a Schedule or To-Do List
Juggling multiple tasks in a day can not just feel chaotic but also be stressfully forgetting. While working on one assignment, you can easily end up forgetting about another. Scheduling your tasks can help efficiently organise them and help you remember deadlines. Keeping a planner or digital calendar that keeps track of your activity can help with your concentration, knowing what task you have at hand.
Break Down Your Work Into Smaller Tasks
Break a larger project into smaller tasks to overcome procrastination. Motivation comes easy when the task is smaller to achieve and giving yourself rewarded breaks in between can help increase productivity. Especially when distractions are higher, smaller tasks can help give you a sense of accomplishment and progress.
Attain a Distraction-Free Zone
Believe it or not, there are habits that can help you avoid distraction in the most productive way possible. Just by creating an environment where your distractions are limited or nil can help you be more focused on the task at hand rather than being preoccupied. Obtain physical barriers such as closed doors, separate rooms, noise-cancelling headphones, etc, to signal those around you that you’re in a distraction-free zone.
Sometimes it’s not just the distractions distracting you, it could also be the fact that your work isn’t challenging enough. If this is the case, challenge yourself with complex tasks that require time, energy and memory. This allows us decreased mental capacity to wander around and indulge in distractions as well as pushes are limits and intellectual skills.
Keep it Clean
A chaotic desk or workspace can translate into a chaotic mind prone to several distractions. Invest some time to clean up your workspace to not only bring focus onto your desk but also into your brain. Discard unnecessary articles and keep only the essentials. And no, we don’t think your phone is essential.