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Internal and external triggers

  • External triggers: cellphones, work colleagues etc. They take us off track when we planned to focus.
  • Internal triggers: they  come from within. They are uncomfortable emotional states you seek to escape.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How To Make The Most Out Of Your Time And Your Life

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Few things are sadder than encountering a person who knows exactly what he should do, yet cannot muster enough energy to do it.”

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Timeboxing

By selecting parts of your day for specific tasks you are more likely to use your time the way you intended.

The best time management technique is deciding what you want to do and when you want to do it.

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It happens only when:

  • You define your goals clearly 
  • You have the capacity to complete the tasks necessary to achieve them.

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  • Learn to complain better: instead of focusing on the problem, adopt a solution-oriented approach.
  • Schedule your indulgences: by setting aside time for the things likely to distract you, you ensure to control them instead of letting them control you.
  • Control your triggers: interruptions negatively affected both the quality and quantity of work produced.

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  • You’re stuck in an unhealthy rut, that teaches your brain to automatically escape hard work instead of working through it.
  • You don’t know how to focus on things you don't like. If you like doing something, you are more likely to do it Reframe the tasks you dislike, to make them come enjoyable.
  • You’re telling yourself you “Don’t have time.” This is a passive way of emphasizing that a task is not a priority for you.

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While endless scrolling on your phone is a symptom of the problem, it is not the root cause of why you find it hard to focus.

To learn how to focus, you must adopt new skills as well as understand the most common causes of distraction.

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Building habits to change behavior the right way can be a wonderful tool to improve your life. But false notions about what habits are and what they can do can backfire.

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Need Help Staying Focused? Try These 10 Tips

if you are getting distracted by something in your work please try these 10 steps to be focused and be concentrated in your work.

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How to improve your concentration| 10 TIPS FOR BOOSTING FOCUS
  1. Get rid of distractions. First things first: You need to eliminate distractions. ...
  2. Coffee in small doses. ...
  3. Practice the Pomodoro technique. ...
  4. Put a lock on social media. ...
  5. Fuel your body. ...
  6. Get enough sleep. ...
  7. Set a SMART goal. ...
  8. Be more mindful.
  9. Make a to-do list
  10. Focus on similar tasks

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