5 Easy Ways to Minimize Distractions
Simple steps anyone can take to create space.
1. Schedule it. Break open your calendar and schedule some "you" time. We call this quiet time as kids... but the need for it becomes even more necessary as an adult. Don't be afraid to take 15 minutes a day, or even once a week to tune out all the surrounding "noise" and focus on ONE task or person.
2. Close your email.
Those harmless yet enticing 75% off emails can become quite the distraction. Or even better, that email from your co-worker that will only take "5 minutes" to complete. One click and the dominos have toppled. Avoid the multiple windows and screens by simply closing your email for 5 or 10 minutes. You'll be glad you did!
3. Turn off notifications on your smart phone.*
They seem innocent at first, but every text, email or Instagram like steals a little more of your time and focus. My suggestion- try out the Do Not Disturb mode on your phone! And not to worry, if you're waiting on that important call from work or the babysitter- there's a VIP mode to ensure those important calls still come through.
4. Set the mood. How do you work best? Is it with music on? Or maybe with a candle burning or a table lamp over the fluorescent lights at work? Or with a clear desk so you can spread out your notes? Whatever the task, set your space (whether at home or at the office) up so you can concentrate.
5. Set a goal and Say no.
What do you want your life to be like? Do you want more time with your family or time to work out? Or maybe to learn another language? Well, you'll probably have to say no a few times before you get there. While not the easiest thing to do, think about whether saying yes to that volunteer opportunity or new commitment
aligns with the direction you want your life to go.
Last but not least, don't be overwhelmed! I encourage you to pick one of these tips and start there. You've got this!
To a more streamlined and less distracted life,
*Check out this article from PC World for instructions on how to set these modes.