10 Smart Tips to Prevent Distractions and Sharpen Your Focus - Deepstash
1. Check up on yourself.

Distractions can be internal as well as external, so start by looking within. If you're all over the place, ask yourself

  • What's really going on?
  • What's the source of your flighti...

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2. Pinpoint the cause.

Once you have your internal priorities sorted out, look at more external causes.

  • Is it your office setup?
  • An intrusive co-worker?
  • A lack of skill, ideas, or time for some...

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3. Be prepared

All successful leaders are great planners; they make lists for every major and minor objective.

When a task comes your way

  1. Spend some time thinking about how you w...

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4. Go offline.

Some of the biggest sources of distraction come from email, social media, and cell phones. If you want real focus, take yourself offline until you've accomplished what you need to do.

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5. Give yourself a break

One of the keys to doing great work is to know when to take a break. When you start to feel distracted, take a break, and then reassess and refocus yourself. It doesn't just act as...

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6. Tune it out.

One of the best ways to tune everything out is to tune in to music. When everything around you is distracting, put on your headphones--find something that can serve as background m...

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7. Break it down

Especially when distractions are high, make tasks smaller and break down your large projects into smaller tasks to help you concentrate and give you a sense of accomplishme...

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8. Clean it up.

If your office or workspace is dirty, disorganized, or cluttered, invest some time in clearing it out so you can focus.

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9. Set a deadline.

If you're working on a complex task, it takes an average of 90 minutes to accomplish anything worthwhile--and about 30 minutes just to get your mind on the task.

Once you are in the flow,

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10. Become an early bird.

This is a simple thing, but the rewards are great if you can pull it off:

  1. Start your workday an hour before everyone else.
  2. Use that hour to organize your...

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