5 Ways to Concentrate When There are Distractions

From phone calls to screaming children, distractions naturally throw your concentration off course, and it’s difficult to refocus after losing concentration. The internet, your phone, and iPod/mp3 player make our life easier, yet it’s also easier to become distracted. Fight back against distraction by maintaining focus. While there are many ways to regain focus, these five will guide you toward the path of productivity.

Discover the Source of the Distraction
Answer this: what is causing you to lose concentration? Is it the task, the instructions, the environment, another person, phone calls, or burnout? These questions should guide you toward the answer. After learning the cause, stop its effects.

The problem with distractions is you treat all distractions as imperative as the task in front of us. Family emergencies, natural disasters, and eviction notices are a welcome distraction. Most distractions (social media, web searches, gaming, etc.) are non-emergency distractions, which are not welcome. Answering those distractions will cause you to respond to more non-emergency distractions. The cycle never ends until you put the project first.

Create a To-do List
Write a list of things to accomplish today on a piece of paper or type it in Microsoft Word. Add necessary tasks to the list as it comes to mind. If possible, write specifics on how to complete the task and follow those instructions. Pull out the list when you’re ready to complete the task. Scratch completed tasks off the list.

Tackle Difficult Tasks First
The morning provides the sharpest minds and the most energy. Take this energy to perform dreadful or difficult tasks first. Yes, you loathe those tasks, but if you tackle those tasks now, you can focus on tasks that are more enjoyable later.

Take Breaks
Continuous concentration for the whole day is nonexistent. You can get more work accomplished in this manner, yet you burn so much energy to the point that distractions are inevitable. Realistic people take breaks. It sounds counterproductive, but taking breaks recharge your mental and physical batteries to focus on something different so returning to the task becomes easier to accomplish. Continue to take breaks every hour or ninety minutes until the day (and task) is over.

Focus on the Deadline
Tasks with deadlines make it easier to maintain focus because the task, project, or service requires a limited amount of time to complete it. Deadlines signal a beginning (the day you receive the task), the middle (the time spent on the project), and end in sight (the due date).

It takes time to break the habit of distraction and remain committed to the task until completion. Use these suggestions to assist you. Let it be a reminder that most distractions can wait while leaving room for life-changing legitimate ones.