Have you ever sat down to accomplish something at work, but found you couldn’t stop checking social media, the news, the weather, your email, your texts, and everything else on the world wide web? You’re not alone. In the age of social media, cell phones, and laptops, there is no shortage of distractions that will hinder your productivity and stop you from effectively accomplishing your tasks. In this post, we’ll look at ways to maximize productivity and reduce distractions.
Firstly, you have to take a mental stand. It all starts here – you won’t succeed at staying focused if you aren’t really determined to. Evaluate yourself. Ask yourself what you struggle with, what are your biggest weaknesses when it comes to getting distracted. Make a list and go from there.
Secondly, take your “distraction list” and make some goals for yourself. For instance, you can limit yourself to checking your phone once an hour, or only checking your email once every two hours. Make sure to set realistic goals. Start small if you have to, you can always increase them later!
A third way is to use an app or software to help you. There are a variety of apps available that can help you stay productive. These apps can accomplish a variety of things for you, like helping you to set goals, block distracting websites and apps, and keep to schedules. There are several options, including StayFocused, RescueTime, Focus, and others.
As someone once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Staying focused may seem impossible, but if you start small and work up to your goals, you’re sure to succeed.