I came across this quote the other day:
“Starve your distraction and feed your focus.”
The author is ‘Unknown’ – perhaps they were too busy getting on with the next task than stop and credit themselves.
Distractions come in many forms, emails, phone calls, social notifications, other people, even our own minds coming up with a thought. We are constantly being distracted from what we set out to do each day. How you handle them can be the difference to either a successful or stressful day.
So how can you minimise the distractions?
Turning off notifications, and limiting your emails to 3 times a day will stop a lot of unnecessary ‘traffic’ distracting you.
Making it clear to others around you that you aren’t to be disturbed by letting them know, putting up a sign, or switching your phone to ‘do not disturb’
Having somewhere to jot down your brain interruptions will also minimise the distraction. My Mind Booster sheet is a good place to start. If you don’t make a note your mind will either still be working on it, or trying not to forget it, either of which will mean you won’t be fully focused on your task in hand.
Put these simple things into practise today, and you will soon be claiming back more of your time.
Starve those distractions and feed your focus for a more productive day.