Managing Distractions

managing distractions


When you or your child are finally ready to get some work done, you may find it impossible to focus on what you need to do. “Let me spend a few minutes on Facebook or listen to my favorite song on YouTube then get some psyche to do the work,” you tell yourself. Before you know it, 2 hours are gone and you haven’t even started doing the work. It happens to the best of us.

Good thing is, it doesn’t have to always be this way. There’s a lot that you can do to maintain focus, avoid distractions and finish what you had set out to do. Here’s how you can avoid distractions and get more done with little time.

Focus on the end goal

Knowing why you need to stay focused and achieve the work you set out to do every day is important. It gives you the strength to push through even when distracted. Do you want to learn a new computer program? Do you want to get the job done and make extra income? Are you contemplating quitting your job in order to work from home? Think about your vision/goals and it will help you to remain focused.

Breakdown tasks in order of importance

When you have more than ten tasks that you need to do in a day, there are definitely a few that are not as important as others. Only handle a few important tasks instead of taking on too much and giving up along the way. You’d rather accomplish less work than none at all because you set too high expectations.

Do tasks early

Don’t wait too long to start working on something. Do it as early in the day as you can. This will help to avoid the distractions that usually come in the middle of the day. It’s going to be harder to accomplish your goals when you don’t do the tasks as early as possible.

Maintain momentum

Sometimes taking breaks when working on something makes you lose momentum and you waste a lot of time before you get back on track. Work on smaller tasks that you can handle and finish before taking a break. This way, you will leave no room for distractions.

Focus on what you can do and skip what you don’t know

This usually helps you to finish up the work as fast as possible. You may realize that you spend so much time trying to figure out the difficult parts such that you end up losing focus entirely. Choose to work on the difficult area later and focus your attention on the areas that you can handle.

Stay away from distractions

Escape or get rid of external things that often distract you. If you’ll distracted by the TV, work in a different room. If there are kids or coworkers who often distract you, wake up early and do the work before everyone else comes. If you are often distracted by the internet, turn off the connection. This is possibly the simplest form of advice for getting your work done in less time. But many people overlook it.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified

Developmental and Behavioral Specialist

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