How to Cut Distractions for Better Focus in Life
By Genevieve Cunningham
Distractions are a common part of life. We deal with distractions from the time we're very little. When we're small, we may be distracted from a game or a particular toy. As we age, we start to become distracted from school, work, and even relationships. Because distracted living is so common, many don't even realize it's a problem. But it is! Distracted living can lead to health problems, diminishing opportunities, and a lower quality of life. So what do we do? If you need a little help breaking from the distractions, take a look at these tips to help you out.
Start Single Tasking
We live in a busy world. And because we're constantly busy, we're also constantly multitasking. While it may feel as though you're getting more done this way, research suggests the exact opposite. Multitasking leads to a reduction in productivity. If you want to feel less distracted, start focusing on just one issue at a time. If you're working, work. If you're taking a break, take it. Focus on just one task at a time, and the distractions will naturally fall in number.
Learn to Live in the Present
It's hard to live in the present. We get so focused on what happened yesterday or what's going to happen tomorrow. But yesterday and tomorrow are nothing but distractions. Those moments are either completely gone or not guaranteed -- so why worry? Try to live and be in the present moment. Soak in your current situation, current feelings, and the current flow of your life. As you get better at living in the present, you'll also get better at letting the distractions go.
Set Small Goals
It can be incredibly distracting to focus on multiple goals at one time. You're trying to make money with a side hustle, get a promotion, and improve your family life all at once. That's a lot of work and stress -- and even more distractions! Instead, set some small, attainable goals, and do one at a time. Set a goal to camp with your kids on Friday night, and don't worry about anything else until after. Set a goal to nail your presentation at the next meeting, and don't worry about anything else. Small goals keep us moving forward without raising the stress or the level of distractions in your life.
Distractions happen, and that's OK. It's a normal part of life and not anything to be afraid of. But it's entirely possible to limit the distractions for an improvement in quality of life. Use these tips to reduce distractions, and enjoy the way a more focused mind can change your life for the better.
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