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Are distractions blurring your focus and affecting your productivity?  You’re not the only one!

Distractions stop us from achieving our goals in a timely manner. Below are simple ways to eliminate distractions and tackle your to-do list with focus. After all, there is no better feeling than satisfaction at crossing off items on your list!

Here are my top tips for eliminating distractions:

 1) Identify habits that undermine your productivity

  • Write down a list of the items that distract you.
  • Being consciously aware of the distractions will enable you to create solutions to eliminate them.
  • Simple habits such as listening to the TV in the background affect your ability to focus and be productive.
  • If these distractions occur daily or even hourly, completely eliminating them is not realistic. To effectively reduce these distractions, these habits can be ‘pocketed’ into a specific time in your schedule.


2) Declutter the mind

  • Instead of spending a break aimlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, go for a short walk! Walking outside clears the mind, increases blood flow to the brain and leaves you refreshed, energised and focused.
  • Concentration music can help increase focus and productivity. Spotify have hundreds of playlists specifically for focus and concentration.
  • Plan your week! By setting specific targets for each day, productivity is increased and important tasks are effectively tackled!

3) Declutter the computer

  • Check emails once in the morning and evening. The most effective way to do this is creating a calm box. The signature at the end of the email notifies the receiver: This is a Calm Inbox: email is checked once in the AM and once in the PM.
  • Clean your desktop by sorting files into neat folders and changing the screensaver to a calm and refreshing image.

The most effective way to tackle these distractions is to recognise them! Once these hindering habits are identified, they can be reduced or even eliminated, enabling you to focus and be productive.

What things do you find distract you? Please SHARE below.

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  • My distractions used to be the children – meant that to finish my deadline I’d often be up till 2am lucky to get some shuteye before starting again at 6am. This can’t be maintained for too long.

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  • These are great points to think about.

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  • I have deleted all games off my phone and I try to get rid of as many distractions as I can – it has been working

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  • Music on actually helps me get more done cause i think of the songs and less about the job yet it still gets done.

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  • TV is a definite distraction! Always have it in but I notice how much calmer I am and how much easier it is to get things done when it’s off!!

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  • no distractions

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  • Anything will distract me :/ I find if I’m bored, I will get distracted easier, so I try make everything I do semi enjoyable and do it as quick as possible

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  • Declutter the mind……works perfectly for me

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  • de-clutter is essential to organising your life

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  • Distractions start with our four kids, followed by the gardening, housework, and getting another cuppa. My worst habit is having three, four or five jobs on the go at once, then finding another before the first is even finished. Would be perfect if multi-tasking meant being happy with what I’ve achieved. The perfectionist in me thanks you for your article, I need a good reminder or three.

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  • I really need to do number 3.

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  • My mind does wander off ,but as you said move about & re start task .

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  • These are great ideas that only takes short time to adjust.

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  • My twins distract me so much! Ahh


    • True… those are definitely welcome distractions… :-)

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  • took note as I am afraid distracted I can sometimes be,even stopping to make a cup of tea!, then see something to put away while waiting for kettle to boil.oh! just put washing on before to my desk I go..working at home not simple ..I KNOW, do make lists but away I go so thanks for reminding me…before outside to hose I go …..

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