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Limiting Distractions and Staying Focused

Updated: Apr 13

With kids home during the day, planned vacations, and family visits, we may have more distractions that keep us from completing necessary to-do’s this summer.

young Asian girl sitting at the dinner table with family members busy on their smartphones

We tend to focus on things that are interesting, making the routine tasks, work assignments, or longer projects more difficult to zone in on. Creating a list of distractors can be helpful to identify what might get in your way and make it difficult to complete your to-do list. Some distractions may include checking social media, taking personal calls during the workday, checking emails as they arrive, etc. Being aware of your distractors will make it a little easier to avoid them in the moment.

For example, we all have our phone close by and may check it as much as every 5-10 minutes throughout the day. This can be distracting while we are trying to complete a presentation or review a report. Using sleep mode, placing your phone on the other side of the room for designated amount of time, or creating a schedule to check your emails and/or phone on an hourly basis, can allow for an uninterrupted amount of time to focus on your work.

Throughout the day, new ideas come into our thoughts. Create a habit of asking yourself “is this something I need to do now, or can it wait?” If it can wait, write it down and set aside time in the evening to review your list of ideas and schedule a time to complete them during the week.

When you complete a tedious task, make sure to reward yourself with something more fun or interesting. Whether it’s spending a moment checking your social media or taking time to go for a walk or a swim, reducing stress and rewarding yourself is a great way to stay motivated on the more boring tasks.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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