How To Avoid Distraction When Trying to Get Things Done

How To Avoid Distraction When Trying to Get Things Done

As far as productive and focused work is concerned, I am not perfect, and often I get distracted by new e-mail and then I also open Instagram… one-hour passed and my work is not done yet! 🙂
 
Yes, happen (probably) to everyone. To avoid this as much as possible, I have created a routine with which I always work with 100% focus and, of course, the work is done in shortest possible time. Then I still have time for other stuff…
 

 

1 | To-do list

First I create a list of all task. In the morning I choose the top 3 task and then all others. For every task, I try to write down how much time I will need to complete it and award when I finished it (like coffee, longer break…).
 
The work is much more focused if my desk is organized, clean, without unnecessary stuff… 🙂 Only a glass of water and coffee are always welcome. Then the action starts.
 
To create a to-do list you can use:
– Applications: Wunderlist, Swipes, Asana, MeisterTask
Free printable to-do list
 

2 | Notifications

First I close all unnecessary tabs in my browser, Airmail, turn off notifications and set iPhone to airplane mode. So I avoid all unnecessary distractions. If possible (which is almost impossible due to my nature of work), it is ideal to work offline.
 

3 | Headphones

Even if I am alone at home (in my office) I use headphones, when I really want to be focused. This allows me to focus and external sounds don’t disturb me.
 

4 | Music

I recently discovered the brain.fm website – Music for the Brain, which is ideal for listening to music while working. Also, it has to be right volume, of course.
 
Before that, I used YouTube:
3 Hour Relaxing Guitar Music: Meditation Music, Instrumental Music, Calming Music, Soft Music, ☯2432
– Guitar del Mar – (Balearic Cafe Chillout Island Lounge)
Roberto Sol – So Awesome
Upbeat Instrumental Work Music | Background Happy Energetic Relaxing Music for Working Fast & Focus
 

5 | Pomodoro Technique

I still use the Pomodoro technique on a regular basis, because it really works and I do my work in the shortest possible time. In short, with this technique you work for 25 minutes, then take a break for five minutes to do something not work-related (eg make coffee, check Twitter, Instagram…).
 
More about Pomodoro Technique you can find:
– Pomodoro Technique will boost your productivity
Free Pomodoro Printable To Do list
 
I know that if I do these five things, that I’m setting myself up for success and more likely to stay focused while I’m working! And after work is completed I feel amazing, because my work is done and then I have time to work on some other stuff. 🙂
 
Do you have any special focus techniques?
 

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14 Comments
  • Cheryl Laidlaw
    Posted at 11:39h, 02 October Reply

    I’m going to try brain.fm today! and see how I find it! Thank you for the tips!

    • Maja
      Posted at 11:46h, 02 October Reply

      Great! Let me know how you like it.

  • Leah Sullivan
    Posted at 11:42h, 02 October Reply

    Hey! Thanks for the tips – I’ve just started using Evernote for my lists but I’m not loving it so will try some of the ones you’ve suggested. Thanks!

    • Maja
      Posted at 11:47h, 02 October Reply

      Hi, Leah. Hope you like some of them. Happy to help!

  • Johanne
    Posted at 13:09h, 02 October Reply

    Love the tips! I’m usually a mess when it comes to having to concentrate. The only time I actually get things done is when I’m under a lot of pressure. And that’s not a good thing haha. I will definitely try out some of the tips, I already made my to do list for today! 🙂

    • Maja
      Posted at 14:16h, 02 October Reply

      “that’s not a good thing” it is really not 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 13:32h, 02 October Reply

    I like to keep my to-do list else I never get things done. I might try the Pomodoro technique and see it if works.

    Michelle
    http://twenty7bymichelle.com/4-reasons-i-love-autumn/

    • Maja
      Posted at 14:17h, 02 October Reply

      I highly advise you to try Pomodoro technique, for me, it really works.

  • Anna
    Posted at 13:45h, 02 October Reply

    What a great article! I’m so glad I found it! I’ve never heard of the pomodoro technique and I love it 😀 I’m going to introduce it into my daily routine cause I’m a sucker for deadlines… :/ Hope it helps.

    • Maja
      Posted at 14:18h, 02 October Reply

      Yeees, you definitely should try it! 🙂 Hope it helps you.

  • Vladimir
    Posted at 17:22h, 02 October Reply

    I’ve kinda grown cold on Pomodoro. Used to love it, but now I find that working 25 minutes is too short for me. It interrupts you too quickly and you then don’t have enough time to get back in the thought process in just five minutes, so you effectively lose a chunk of the next session and so on. I’m used to working 45 minutes to 1 hour, even if I tend to wander off for a minute or two here and there during them.

    • Maja
      Posted at 20:17h, 02 October Reply

      It is important to adjust it to what suits you best – definitely! Thank you for your experience.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 18:12h, 02 October Reply

    I love the part about putting phone on airplane mode and the pomodoro. Will definitely try them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maja
      Posted at 20:18h, 02 October Reply

      Phone notification can be quite disturbing… 🙂 Thank you.

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