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Wearing headphones can block out some of the ambient sounds and create a subtle barrier to being interrupted.
Regular headphones with some sounds playing will also do the trick. But researchers found listening to music with lyrics caused a decline in performance while white noise wasn't found to have the same impact.
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We often struggle with internal distractions. We get restless, bored, frustrated, or anxious about the task.
Anxiety is a cause of procrastination. You feel your upcoming work will be difficult, so you find a way to distract yourself.
Consistently picking the same space for focused work will condition your brain to enter the right state of mind.
For any focused work session, we should prevent the distractions we can control.
The sign needn't be real - signaling to people you're going to do some focused work is enough.
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