Avoid getting distracted by your phone

Technology allows us to access endless data and research opportunities. The same devices that help you to learn can also distract you from getting your work done. The best way to stop getting distracted by your phone or device is to turn it off; however, many people use devices to study.

Even with the best of intentions to stay on task, we still catch ourselves scrolling through social media when we should be working on a project. We can’t help but grab our cell phone the moment we hear a notification. And then there’s email! If we aren’t checking it every five minutes, we worry we might miss something important. Start by reducing your connectivity and planning your study session in chunks of time.

No one can stay on-task 100% of the time, but being constantly distracted can pose a serious obstacle to getting things done. Distractions eat away at your time and cause unnecessary stress.

However, if you’re mindful of how you organize your time and work environment and prepare yourself to accomplish what needs doing, you can significantly limit your distractions. 

Statistics show that distractions cause a massive loss in productivity. Learn about the habits and strategies you can develop to minimize your distractions at work, enhance your focus on the task at hand, and improve your overall ability to concentrate.

Put yourself in distraction-free mode:

Start by creating an environment in which you’re less tempted to get preoccupied with something other than what you’re working on.

Set three main objectives every day:

You can offset this by giving yourself 3 objectives to accomplish every day. 

Identify the biggest culprits:

Think about what exactly happens when you’re distracted. It’s likely that there are multiple culprits, such as a lack of sleep and a noisy environment. Once you have your list, try to eliminate the culprits. For example, try to get more sleep, eliminates your social media bookmarks, and come up with an organization system.

Wear headphones:

If you’re frequently distracted by noises, music, or conversations, try wearing noise-cancelling headphones so that you can tune them out. This is a great option for people who work in busy offices with open floor plans. If music helps you work, you can also listen to it with headphones to help tune out distractions. Just make sure that your soundtrack is motivating rather than distracting.

Monitor your mind wandering:

We are on autopilot, and our mind is wandering, in part to avoid the effort of focusing on something. The key to heightened productivity is to notice when your mind is distracted and bring your attention back on task.

Manage social interactions:

It’s great to chat with a fellow student or co-worker during a break, but if people are constantly bombarding you, it can severely limit your productivity. Be proactive about informing people when you’d like to left alone.


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