When you feel like you’re constantly distracted from being productive, learn how to plan and be intentional with your time
Far too often, it seems as though distractions prevent us from staying on task. Whether it be our phone ringing or someone coming up to speak with us, sometimes it feels like there’s nothing we can do but let them take over our attention. It’s hard to go back and focus on what you were doing even after they’re gone because that little voice in your head keeps telling you how awesome the distraction was.
A study found that the average person switches tasks or gets distracted once every three minutes. These distractions are often caused by the endless stream of notifications on our phones, email inboxes being constantly flooded, and social media being just a click away. How do you stay productive when distractions are constantly cropping up?
The Issue of Being Constantly Distracted
With the rise of technology, it is becoming easier to get distracted. The average person gets distracted about every three minutes, according to a study by the University of California-Irvine. This means that they are spending more time switching between tasks than actually completing them.
Solutions to Distractions
Quit One Thing At a Time
We are all guilty of being distracted at one point or another. There are so many distractions in our day-to-day lives that it’s easy to let them slip through the cracks. The key is not to quit everything all at once, but rather to break the habit down into manageable pieces.
It’s not always easy to break a habit. The key is to take it one day at a time–breaking the habit down into manageable pieces.
Create a Schedule and Stick With It
The benefits of a schedule are endless. A schedule provides motivation and clarity. It helps you get the most out of your day and take care of things without worrying about forgetting them. A schedule is a plan for carrying out your daily activities.
Identify Distractions and Stop Them from Interfering With Your Schedule
When we make a schedule for ourselves, it’s important to understand all the possible distractions that can get in the way of achieving our goals. All of these small interruptions add up and can take up a lot of time and energy.
Stay on Task by Working on Things That Give You Small Wins
The key to staying focused on a task is to focus on getting small wins. Instead of focusing on the entire project, try tackling each part of the project one step at a time. For example, if you need to clean your desk before starting work, organize all your desk drawers before tackling the desk itself. Small wins help give you momentum and make it easier to stay on track.
Take Care of Yourself by Taking Breaks
One of the most common mistakes people make in their work is not taking breaks. But when you are in a creative profession, it can be hard to know when to take a break. When you are in the flow of your work, it may feel like there is never enough time in the day to complete everything. And yet if you keep going with no breaks, you will end up with burnout and
Create an Action Plan for Your Day
Successful approach their goals systematically, laying out a plan before taking any major step. One of the popular methods that top performers use is the SMART goal template. Top performers use some component of the SMART goal template if not the entire thing.
When setting goals, it’s important to make sure the goals you’re setting are preparing you for success. Before you start working on a goal, it’s important to take time to figure out how you’ll measure success and what your progress towards it will look like.
Your personal goals must be specific to have a high chance of success. In fact, one of the main attributing factors to unsuccessful personal goals attainment, is a lack of specificity. So, what are the advantages of having specific personal goals?
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