You have assigned a task to do and boom you end somewhere in distractions. You are unaware of how you shift from your work to these distractions. But if you want to succeed then you need to stop getting distracted. This article will help you to stop being distracted. Make sure to read full.
That is the same in the case of life goals, you have set goals in life and obviously want to achieve success. But some distractions in life stop you to achieve goals.
Sometimes, you start working on the table and a notification appears, you check your phone and you spend more than hours on social media before noticing what are you doing. On average, it could take 25 minutes to get back to work if once you have been distracted.
These distractions are modes of fun when you have nothing to achieve but when you focused on goals this fun seems a distraction now. Distraction could be a social media distraction, an inner distraction, a distraction from society, or many more.
If you want to achieve goals, Do not allow distractions to oppose your goals in life. Don’t let your mood ruin your life goal. We need to avoid them to achieve what we want in life. These 18 pro-tips help you not get distracted while working on your goals.
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Type of distractions
We get distracted when we go with the flow, we mostly distracted because of fun related to distractions. When we started to work on the project, we think of fun. We need to understand how much fun we need in our lives, enjoyment is essential but should be within limits that it doesn’t affect our life and life goals.
Distraction is mostly of two types, one which we can control and others that doesn’t have our control. Some of them are just because of our impulsive behavior while others are due to the impact of others.
We could avoid self-distraction through self-control and we need to make a distance from outside distraction. Outside distraction, sometimes is irritated while we want to something, sometimes it becomes a mode of fun. We need to avoid these types of distractions. Here are some tips that will help to avoid distractions from your goals.
18 tips to stop getting distracted
Take a look on the pro-tips to stop being distracted here is the list.
- 1. Make a list of distractions
- 2. Set a clear goal in life
- 3. Surround yourself with the things that remind you of goals
- 4. Make a to-do list
- 5. Make a not-to-do list
- 6. Find a corner to work
- 7. Manage your desk properly
- 8. Complete your most important task first
- 9. Set a time limit
- 10. Test your Self-control
- 11. Live in the present
- 12. Avoid Social Media
- 13. Improve your inner focus
- 14. Make sure to take breaks frequently but don’t go for a long break
- 15. Preserve harder work for peak hours
- 16. Take care of your momentum
- 17. Do Meditation
- 18. Write Diary
Start from the one
1. Make a list of distractions
Before engaging in any goal or task you need to make a list of things that oppose you to do the work. Take a pen and paper, and make a list of distractions that may act as a distraction to your goal.
Start with your room, take a close look at your room to make the distraction count. Make a suitable distance from those things and cut distractions day by day.
You could make those things out of reach, suppose your goal is to lose your weight and those pasties are grabbing your attention, don’t take cash with you or take just enough cash for the important task only.
Sometimes you need to stick on your desk for a long time but the mobile phone is opposed you to do, you could keep your mobile out of the room.
2. Set a clear goal in life
You need to make sure what you really want in your life. it is more obvious that you could control things better when you sure of what you want in life.
You make it clear what you want to achieve in life and why you want to achieve it. Keep your goal in mind and how badly you need to achieve a goal. Make the motive of the goal is strong enough that it could stop you while you wasting time.
Write down your goals. Do the small things that take you toward the goal and motivated you to work on your goal.
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3. Surround yourself with the things that remind you of goals
To stop being distracted from goals you should keep the things that remind your goals. If your phone distracts you, you could apply a wallpaper that reminds you of your goals.
You could paste some posters on the walls of your room which will remind you about your goals. You could buy a key chain that reminds you of your goals.
Surround yourself with the things that remind you of your goals. Make sure that you always remember what to do.
Till you have to know what to do, you could avoid getting distracted.
4. Make a to-do list
Plan your day according to you. Make a list of work you want to do for today. Assign 3-5 tasks for a day and you just need to make sure you completed all tasks at the end of the day.
Keep the daily target in mind helps you to focus more on goals and stops you from being distracted from goals.
Break your task into the actionable part, if your task is too hard or too easy, then you may get distracted soon. Make sure that you break you task in small actionable step(somewhere close to your capacity)
5. Make a not-to-do list
You may think this point is unappropriated and it barely helps you to not get distracted. In fact, thinking too much about not doing something may force you to do something.
But here you could check your self-control, if you say yourself that you will not be doing a certain work till a certain time then your success rate will increase. I apply it to my life, I set a daily goal to not using any social media handle till 5 PM and it helps me to not get distracted from mobile. and I could focus on work without getting distracted.
Make a list of work this time a not-to-do list, a list of work that you don’t want to do. Sit on your desk, glued to it, and don’t do the things that you never wanted to do.
6. Find a corner to work
Find a corner or place of room where you can work freely. A place where no one can distract you. A corner near a window where you can see nature freely, you can rest freely when you needed. A Place that reminds you about your goals, a place where you can express yourself freely. A Place where you can work with confidence.
A corner with positivity, where sunlight comes, a less noisy place with a view of nature.
Find a place at least with less outer distraction and more inner peace.
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7. Manage your desk properly
Sometimes you distracted because of a disorganized workspace. Don’t be messy, wash your face, make the sleeve plating, and let’s manage the desk.
Remove the dust around your desk if any, manage all important things according to priority. Take a water bottle with you and start to work. Take all needy stuff to your desk and don’t let any unimportant thing stop you.
Make sure that your desk has all the required things for your work and it is perfectly comfortable to work.
8. Complete your most important task first
The first step is difficult always, you need to make sure that you will engage the most important task of the day at first. Choose the task that has no option to avoiding it.
You should make a list of tasks you need to complete today and set them according to priority. You should complete the most important task first.
Engaging in the most important task will help you to start your day positively and give you the confidence to achieve all other’s tasks of the day.
This will give you a sense of satisfaction that you achieved the most important task of the day. This will motivate you to do the remaining task of the day.
9. Set a time limit
I will achieve a certain task or I will need to achieve it before 8 PM. Which is more promising? obviously, the task with the deadline. We have a tendency to work more efficiently with the time limit on the head.
Setting a time limit for a task help you to achieve the necessary focus that requires you to complete the task. Moreover, if we have a deadline on our heads, we engage in work with more discipline and achieve it with a deadline.
This pressure helps you to not be distracted. Peoples love challenges, challenge yourself with a proper time for a certain task.
10. Test your Self-control
Your success and failure depend on the way how you deal with distractions, and self-control plays a major role to avoid distractions.
It is obvious that all we have distractions in life, but the ultimate winner is those who have control over their distraction.
We need to control our inner instinct, first of all, detach from physical’s distraction by making a distance from them at then we need to train our mind about the importance of a goal. Self-control is must needed to be more focused on the goal.
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11. Live in the present
The most common inner-distraction that we are regretting our past and get anxious to think about the future.
One of the best, ways of simplifying your lives is to allow yourself to begin living your lives in the present moment. You should don’t regret what you can’t achieve in the past and don’t think much about future fairy tales. You should focus on what your life needs now and what you want to do now.
By the way, regret can’t change the past and worry can’t make your future good. it is only your action of the present that makes the change.
Living in the present means you should not be worried about what happened in the past and what can happen in the future just enjoy what happens now.
12. Avoid Social Media
A simple notification can ruin your hours. Don’t let mobile phones handle your life, stop getting distracted from phones.
According to a study, 80% of all notifications that pop up on your mobile phone did not require your attention at this moment. If you have an addiction to social media and you check the notification on your phone again and again. You need to stop.
We did not say to uninstall the app, you just need to make an appropriate distance from social media. You could move social media handles to a folder, you could set a password to open them that reminds you about the goal.
You could make the reach of these apps as difficult as you can. It will be better to use it after a certain time when you finished the work.
13. Improve your inner focus
If you want to stop being distracted from goals you should work on your inner focus. Sometimes, I usually see people in the gym use music to avoid unusual activity but if the music stops they stopped, why? Because they have a lack of inner focus.
You should practice inner focus. You should try to build your inner focus in that way you don’t need any other thing to focus on to achieve goals in life.
Stop getting distracted and improve your focus. There are many ways to improve focus and concentration which discussed in another article.
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14. Make sure to take breaks frequently but don’t go for a long break
Yes, it is true we need a break after some time. It is human nature, that most of us are not able to focus for more than an hour, we need a relaxation period, so for that, we arrange a break but sometimes we lost in distractions and result break is stretched.
The break could act as a booster of performance. The break is essential, but keep in mind we just require a 5-10 minutes break, not more than.
Prefer a positive person or environment, music or peace instead of gossip or mobile usage.
15. Preserve harder work for peak hours
We all have peak hours, the hours when our performance is above par and we feel most confident, try to use your peak hours in your favor.
Most possibilities of distraction comes when you stuck in a difficult task. You are closest to distractions when you try to solve the hardest puzzle.
You need to prepare harder for a harder task. so best will be to use your peak hour to deal with the hardest thing and stop being distracted from goals.
16. Take care of your momentum
Momentum plays a vital role to make a distance from your distraction. When you able to achieve a day of work on goals without getting distracted, try to keep this momentum on.
Don’t break your momentum of working without any invalid reason. Don’t force yourself to take a break, when you are working better in life.
Your distance from your distraction will increase as your momentum going. When you have the momentum of distraction, try to slow the phase of your life and try to get back to you from the next morning.
17. Do Meditation
The best medicine to improve focus and memory is meditation. You should meditate on a regular basis.
You need meditation to grow the power of your mind, with meditation you will able to perform the hardest task smoothly, and more important Meditation will improve your memory and focus.
Meditation will improve your concentration, make you more productive, and help you to achieve goals with less effort.
18. Write Diary
As you make a list of tasks you want to do for today now you need to know the status.
You should write what task you completed today. if you are unable to meet the target you should write the reason for not achieving it.
You should write how you feel after working, write thoughts for improvement, and write about the day. This will give a sense of satisfaction and engage you in working on goals.
The bottom line: How to stop getting distracted
Distraction takes you nowhere and if you surrounded by it then you ended your life by just scrolling the newsfeed of your social media handles and watching Netflix use your free time(which is really not free, time is the most precious).
Distraction words never sound good to your life but we distracted daily and become the master in being distracted. Nothing is difficult in life, we get rid of life by distraction if we practice self-control in life. We are glad that these tips help you to stop being distracted from your goals.
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