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10 Tips to Kill Distractions and Increase Your Focus

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Introduction

Distractions are everywhere. Whether it is your smartphone, your computer, or your smartwatch. When you are about to start writing a report, your phone beeps, and you immediately turn to it. Thirty minutes later, you are still on your phone and that report is still lying there waiting for you.

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1. Try a Distraction-Free Phone

You don’t need to buy a flip phone. You can convert your smartphone into a distraction-free phone by deleting social media apps, games, and streaming apps like YouTube.

With a distraction-free phone, you can turn back the clock to a simpler time when it was easier to unplug and sustain at...

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2. Clear Your Home Screen

Move all icons from your home screen so it goes completely blank. It should only display your wallpaper. In this way, you are less likely to be tempted to click an app icon.

If you need to keep some icons on your home screen be sure to keep as few icons as possible.

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3. Skip the Morning Check-In

You may be tempted to check your phone to see if there is any new notification or if there is something new in the world. But the moment you turn on your screen, a war breaks out between your attention and everything on your phone, and a minute of checking could extend to an hour.

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5. Cancel the Internet

An extreme focus tactic is to cancel your internet connection.

You don’t necessarily have to kill your internet for a month, just unplug it when you want to do a task that doesn't require internet.

You can use your undistracted time to write fiction, design something or invent somet...

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6. Deal with Email at the End of the Day

A lot of email stress comes from thinking you need to constantly check and immediately respond to every new message.

Treat your email like old-fashioned letters that were used to deliver to you once a day.

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7. Be Slow to Respond

Don’t reply immediately to every email and message. Reply within hours, days, and sometimes weeks.

Not every message and email is relevant to you. Most of the time people contact you for their priorities, not yours.

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8. Make TV a “Sometimes Treat”

Watch tv occasionally. Don’t organize your living room around the TV. Don’t use TV talk as the default small talk.

Cancel your cable and Netflix subscription. Instead, rent or buy movies.

Your attention is one of the most valuable things you possess, which is why everyo...

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53. Avoid the Lure of Fancy Tools

There is no perfect tool or app for productivity. It feels like we are busy but in reality, obsessing with finding the perfect tool is also a distraction.

Don’t spend your entire day searching for one perfect app because there isn’t such an app. Just start your task.

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9. Start on Paper

We work better when we use paper and pencil instead of screens. Precious time is wasted changing the fonts or searching the web instead of working on your project. Paper is a simple way to write or draw.

Next time you’re struggling to get into focus mode, put away your computer or tablet ...

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10. Make a “Random Question” List

If you feel the need to browse anything from the internet or check any social media update, write that down on paper. You can browser that thing later when you go out of your focus mode.

I understand from my own experience that it’s natural to feel twitchy for your phone or browser. You’l...

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