Whatever work you do and wherever your work environment is, there’s a big chance that you have met distractions and struggled to stay focused at one point.
Distractions are everywhere: they could be external or internal distractions, and they could also be distractions that we can and cannot control.
Distractions are part of life. And this may sound contradictory, but I believe they can be a good thing in small doses. A little diversion during the day can help refresh your mind and prevent stress and burnout.
However, distractions become unhealthy when it’s starting to sabotage your productivity—when you start to take too much time dealing with less critical or even totally irrelevant activities.
Throughout a distraction-prone day, your focus is a crucial element that significantly impacts your performance and productivity. Your ability to focus can dictate whether or not you will succeed or fail in your chosen endeavor.
To help you improve your concentration and eliminate opportunities for procrastination, here are 7 smart tips to stay focused and manage distractions
1. Dedicate a Space for Working
As I have previously written in a LinkedIn article, designating an area for working or studying can immensely help you get the job done. Here’s why:
When you pick one area as your workspace, you are training your mind to associate that place to work. As soon as you walk into that space, you’ll find it easier to get into “work mode” and stay focused on the task at hand.
While you’re at it, have fun with your workspace. Add designs that motivate you and make you feel good—perhaps pictures or motivational quotes, plants, and even natural light. However, be careful not to overdo the decorations, or you might be putting in more distractions.
Remember: Keep your workspace tidy and organized. A clean workspace helps reduce anxiety, minimize opportunities for procrastination, and boost your motivation.