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How to Overcome Distractions: The Secrets to Getting Everything Done

mindset Apr 17, 2020

Here are the most common distractions that can keep you from being productive. Along with each distraction is a suggested set of solutions to help you overcome the distractions and be more productive.


Distraction: Social Media


● Use an app like “Rescue Time” to physically limit how much you can be on social media.

● Delete social media apps from your phone.

● Turn off all social media notifications.

● Set a social media schedule and only allow yourself to use social media during the allotted times.



Distraction: Email


● Avoid responding to email first thing in the morning.

● Only open your inbox at specified times of the day.

● Turn off all email notifications on your phone and computer.

● Create an auto-response that tells others you’re only able to respond to email on particular days of the week and then stick to that schedule.


Distraction: Slack, Skype, Messenger


● Turn off all notifications on your phone.

● Close apps and only respond to messages at pre-specified times.

● Snooze notifications on desktop versions of the chat app.


Distraction: Text Messages


● Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

● Disable text notifications on your phone.

● Disable text notifications on your smartwatch and laptop.

● Only respond to text messages during specific times of the day.


Distraction: Phone Calls


● Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

● Respond to voicemails at the end of the day after you’ve done your most productive work.

● Put your phone on silent mode during your focused periods.

● Disable notifications on your smartwatch and computer.


Distraction: People Interrupting You


● Close your office door.

● Place a sign or something to signal when you cannot be disturbed.  Teach your kids to respect the signal and reward them for their cooperation, 

● Put on headphones.

● When someone asks for a minute of your time, ask if you can catch them at a later, specified time.


Focus. No one teaches us how to focus. In fact, most of us spend our lives distracting ourselves, which is the opposite of focus.  In Nir Eyal's new book, Indistractable, you'll find a ton of ways to kick distractions butt and there's even a part entirely devoted to helping your children (something we need while this home quarantine is going on)!  I highly recommend you take a listen (I'm an Audible reader!  You can read it if you prefer the print version.) 

Nir Eyal also has a great page with some other useful tools to help you stay indistractable.  Click here to go there and find some other very useful tools to gain control over your life and your time. 


Here are links to the books and products mentioned in this article.  Please use our Affiliate Links whenever possible and help support the show.  Thank you!



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