How to 10X Your Productivity

By Audrey

Focus, Self Management

Eliminate Distractions to 10 X Your Productivity - The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

The average person is distracted every eleven minutes during the workday. Let that sink in for a minute. Eleven minutes go by in the blink of an eye when you’re working on a project. Heck, it takes you longer than that time trying to figure out where you left off. And this is an average, which means some of us to get distracted and disrupted a lot more frequently than that.

It’s a wonder we get anything done. If only you could figure out a way to eliminate some of these distractions. Your productivity would shoot up 10X and you could finally start making progress on what you actually wanted to accomplish That’s what this report is all about.

Here is the Nutshell List – If You’re in a Hurry.

10 Steps To Eliminate Distractions In Your Life

  1. Declutter– Too much stuff and mess can be very distracting. Less is more and what you need is easier to find. Don’t let unnecessary stuff distract you.
  2. Simplify– Simplify your life. Think of it as decluttering of non-material “stuff”.
  3. Schedule– Keeping track of appointments and things you have to do can be quite distracting. Scheduling tasks help you focus on one thing at a time and increases productivity.
  4. Delegate– Cut back on the things you need to take care of personally and the distractions they bring with them by delegating what you can.
  5. Automate –Stop worrying about paying those bills on time, and letting that thoughts distract you. Auto-bill is your friend. Automate what you can.
  6. Resolve– Resolve problems, conflicts, and issues that weigh on your mind or keep popping up at the most inopportune moments.
  7. Set Boundaries – You don’t have to be available to anyone at all times. You also don’t have to know everything that’s going on at all times. Limit distractions by setting and enforcing boundaries on others and yourself.
  8. Make Technology Work For You – Technology can be a great time-saver, but it can also be quite distracting if you aren’t careful. This is particularly true for your smartphone. Use with caution and don’t be afraid to turn it off.
  9. Turn It Off – Speaking of which… sometimes the best thing you can do is turn it off. Turn off your phone, close your email program, leave all social media sites for the day, and buckle down to get things done.
  10. Relax– Don’t forget to unplug and recharge. Not only will this cut down on a lot of internal distractions, you’ll also be able to better handle the distractions that do pop up


What You Will Learn and Be Able to Do After Reading This.

We’re going to tackle the topic of eliminating distractions, not only at work but throughout your life. Yes, the increased productivity at work, and even at home when you’re working on projects around the house is important, but it goes far beyond that. 

Eliminating various types of distractions will help you have more meaningful conversations and build stronger relationships with the people around you. It gives you time to unwind and relax so you’re ready with a fresh mind for the next day.

Eliminating distractions can even reduce stress and help you live a healthier life. You’ll notice a lot of unexpected benefits when you start cutting out disruptions and distractions.

Throughout the guide, we’ll take a look at how distractions are hurting your productivity. It goes a lot deeper than you realize and has an a much more powerful effect than you may think.

Then we’ll go over various different types of distractions from those pesky alerts on your phone to unexpected visitors during crunch time.

More importantly, I’ll show you what you can do to eliminate many of these distractions and take back control of your time and your life.

Finally, we'll wrap it up with ten simple things you can start doing as soon as you close this report.

There’s a lot of great information packed into a few pages. But here’s the thing… it won’t do you any good unless you read it and then – most importantly – start taking action.

Nothing is going to change unless you’re willing to make some of the changes I’m suggesting throughout the report. Promise yourself right here, right now, that you will give each of the suggestions a fair try and put them to work right away. Ready?

 Let’s get started by taking a closer look at why distractions are the enemy of productivity.

Distraction – The Enemy Of Productivity

Let’s get serious here. We're under a lot of pressure to get things done both at work and at home. Our jobs require us to be more productive than ever, and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done around the house.

At the same time, we’re also faced with more and more distractions throughout the day. Thanks to our laptops, tablets, and smartphones we’re reachable 24/7 via phone calls, messages, and email. Then there’s social media, constant news updates and entertainment options, etc. And we haven’t even touched on getting interrupted by people in person…

To sum it up, we’re under pressure to be more productive, yet we’re also constantly interrupted. And that’s not a good combination.

As the title of this chapter indicates, distractions are quite detrimental to how productive we can be. They interrupt our thought processes and make us stop what we’re doing. Obviously, we lose however long this person or thing manages to distract us, but it goes deeper than that.

Anytime we are distracted we lose our train of thought. Once the distraction goes away, we have to get back to what we’re working on and figure out what we were doing. This takes time. It may not take a lot of time, but multiplied over several interruptions per hour, it quickly adds up.

It gets even worse when you are in the flow, working super productive and get disrupted. This is when these little beeps, email alerts, phone calls, or friends dropping by really hurt. When you’re in the flow you’re much more productive than at other times. Sadly it takes some time to reach this particular mental state and the smallest distraction takes you right out of it. Then you need even more time to get back into the flow after each distraction. Just think how much productive work time each little interruption and distraction is costing you

We all wish we had more time. We want more hours in the day, and we need to get things done more quickly. While we can’t barter or buy more time, we can improve our productivity by eliminating some of these daily distractions. That, in turn, will give you more time for the things that are important to you like that pet project that’s always pushed to the back of the burner, your favorite hobby and of course time with family and friends.

Often the hardest part of any work task or chore around the house is getting started. Getting into the right frame of mind and figuring out where you left off takes time and effort. Once you get going, it becomes much easier to keep working away. You get into the flow we talked about earlier and before you know it, you’ve made some serious progress. Unless you get distracted, in which case you have to get started again all over. That’s why a day filled with distractions and disruptions is a lot more exhausting than a day without.

It’s hard or even impossible to focus with too many distractions. If you get interrupted too often, you may give up on working on that project that takes a lot of thought. Instead, you turn to busy work to fill the time in between distractions. It makes you feel like you’re doing something, but since it isn’t meaningful work, you’re not really making progress. You can’t do your best work and deep thinking when you're frequently distracted.

Then what happens? You start to fall behind on important work project. You aren’t able to fulfill your potential and grow your business or rise within the company as quickly as you’d hoped. Important repairs and upkeep tasks around the house don’t get done in a timely manner. But it doesn’t stop there…

The constant distractions give you less time to rest both mentally and physically. When you feel the need to respond to every little beep your smartphone makes and keep up with work email around the clock, you don’t get the rest you need.

Not making as much progress as you'd expected and not fulfilling your potential can lead to lower self-esteem and depression.

The stress of not getting stuff done and the lack of true rest can bring with them all sorts of health problems from obesity to heart disease. These health and mental issues, in turn, can create even more distractions, creating a vicious cycle. Thankfully there’s a way out.

Start By Eliminating Distractions

You get out by starting to eliminate distractions and that’s exactly what we’ll talk about throughout the rest of this report.

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Eliminate Distractions to increase productivity

Eliminating Distractions

Let's Get Started

Ready to start eliminating some of these pesky distractions and increase your productivity? Throughout the remainder of this eBook, we’re going to look at various ways to eliminate distractions at home, at work, from technology, family and friends, and even the ones you create in your head.

I suggest you read through them all and start implementing what applies to you. Start with a few little changes here and there, and then as those become habits, add to the list. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how quickly these small little changes and minor efforts to cut out distractions will add up. As you start to see progress, you’ll be motivated to keep going and work on eliminating more and more distractions.

Keep the Big Picture in Mind

Along the way, don’t forget to keep the big picture in mind. Remember why you’re doing this. It really isn’t about cramming more work into your already busy day. It’s about freeing up the time to spend on what’s important to you. It’s about having time to relax, rediscover a favorite hobby and of course its also about spending that time with loved ones.

Eliminating Distractions At Home

Let’s start with the distractions you may be facing at home. Since this is an area where you spend a lot of time and also something that’s mainly under your own control, it’s a good place to start eliminating distractions. Making sure your home is a calm place where you can both relax and get things done, helps set you up for a more successful workday as well.

Set yourself up for success by decluttering your home. You may not realize it but having a messy and unorganized home is very distracting. Not only are you wasting precious time looking for things, but your mind also unconsciously tries to keep tabs on everything that isn’t in place. You may not notice it, but all that clutter is constantly distracting you. You get ready to fix dinner but are distracted from your task by the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, including the pot you were planning on using. You get the idea.

Thinking about the mess at home may even pop into your head while you’re at work, disrupting your thought processes. Start decluttering and organizing. As an added benefit you won’t get distracted by stepping on a toy or getting caught in the pile of laundry on the floor.

Pick one room or one category of items, and go through it. Sort your items into things to keep, things to donate, and things to throw away. As soon as you’re done sorting for the day, take the throw away pile out to the trash. Put the donation pile into your car to drop off on your way to work. Even better, go do it now. It will be one less thing to worry about. Keep working through your belongings until you’ve pared it down to the things you actually use and love. Having less stuff means less clutter, and fewer things to worry about. As an added bonus, tidying up and cleaning the house becomes a lot easier and faster without all that extra stuff distracting you.

To help you deal with all sorts of your mental clutter, give meditation a try. It’s a millennial old technique that helps you clear your mind and calm you down. Daily practice of meditation can help you avoid or at least greatly reduce those random thoughts about anything and everything from popping in your head while you’re working on something productive. You don’t want to be wondering if the milk in the fridge is expired to disrupt your flow when you’re making good progress on a project at work. Meditation can help you get there.

Grab a book, watch a video, download an app, or listen to a guided meditation MP3 on your phone. While it takes years to truly master deep meditation, you can benefit from doing it just a few minutes several days a week. The results are almost immediate.

Meditation is also a great tool for helping you relax and sleep better. You need to be able to unplug and relax from time to time. And I mean the unplugging quite literally. Turn off your phone, close your computer, unplug the phone and enjoy a few precious hours of undistracted time at home. Use them to relax, connect with loved ones, work on a project in the house, or rekindle your interest in an old hobby. All of this will go a long way towards getting your head in the right space when crunch time comes.

There’s also a lot you can do in your personal life to simplify things. We already talked about decluttering but it doesn’t stop there. Keeping mental tabs on everything going on at home that you need to remember can be quite distracting. Instead of trying to remember all those birthdays and appointments, get in the habit of using a daily planner or calendar. Once you write it down, you know it’s there and you no longer need to keep mental tabs on it.

If making sure all bills are paid on time is distracting for you, consider setting everything you can up to auto-pay. It’s such a freeing feeling to know that all your bills are paid on time and you avoid having the random thought of “did I remember to pay this” running through your head. You also will no longer be distracted by the random “to be paid” bill on your desk when you’ resettling in to get work done or go rummaging for an important file. Setting bills to auto-pay is another great way to start eliminating distractions at home.

What are you going to try first? Pick something and start cutting down the distractions you face when you’re in your house. Your home should be a sanctuary where you can relax and recharge after a productive and tiring day at work. Start taking the first few steps towards making that happen.

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Eliminating Distractions At Work

Let’s move on to the area of your life where you tend to notice distractions the most – at work. There is nothing worse than finally digging into that complicated report you’ve been avoiding for two days, and just when you start to make progress a colleague stops by your office for a chat. Or you’re working on a new budget proposal and you have to stop to find a file or call your assistant for the most up to date numbers.

Our work days are riddled with distractions and disruptions. Quite a few of them are unavoidable. You can’t suddenly stop taking customer calls or refuse to go see the boss when he calls a meeting at the last minute.

There are however a lot of other things you can change. Improve what’s within your control and accept the rest. You’ll be better off in the long run and the tips below will help you greatly reduce distractions and increase productivity.

As with your home, one of the best things you can do to start eliminating distractions is declutter your office. The first thing you should work on is your desk. This is where you sit and do your most focused work. This is where you hope to get into the flow and get very productive. It has to be a clear and clutter-free workspace. Who wants to stop what they are doing to search for a pen multiple times a day. Or think about how distracting it is to see that big pile of “to be filed” item seated the corner of your desk.

It gets even worse when it starts to fall off your desk while you’re working on something important. Clear off your desk and keep the bare minimum of things on it that you need. Find a place for everything so it’s easy to find when needed. Declutter the rest of your office and get into the habit of putting things back right away. If you can’t make yourself do it, outsource it to an assistant.

Your next order of business should be to create a schedule for yourself and your team. If possible share the bare bones of this schedule with your peers and superiors as well. Your schedule will include blocks of time when you’re open for phone calls and meetings, while also setting aside time for focused work. If getting others onboard with your schedule, come up with a way that works for you and your office environment. An option may be to come in early. It’s amazing what you can get done in an hour of quiet time before everyone else arrives at the office. Asking to spend one morning or afternoon of the workweek working from home and using that time for your most critical and focused tasks is another option. Think outside the box and make it work. The main thing is to figure out a way to schedule some uninterrupted time where you cut out any and all distractions short of a fire.

Setting clear boundaries with your colleagues and team can be extremely helpful if you often find yourself disrupted or distracted by people marching into your office or stopping by your desk. Having an open door policy is good, but it doesn’t have to be “in effect” eight hours a day.

Set aside an hour or two a day when you welcome others to stop by, and then don’t feel bad when you close the door the rest of the day. There is no need to be available for anyone and everyone all the time. Work on tasks that you can easily stop and start again, like filing, responding to quick emails, making appointments, etc. for the times when your office door is open. Not only will be able to better manage office distractions with this approach, you’ll also find that there will be fewer of them overall.

Along the same lines, don’t be afraid to take the phone off the hook and silence your smartphone during the time of highly productive work. Your clients and customers survive when you’re not answering the phone because you are in a meeting. They can do the same when you sit down to get some work done for short stretches of time during the day. Check your messages when you take a break or are done with your task.

Provided you get back to them in a timely manner, no one will mind. If your boss gives you a hard time about it, show him how much more productive this new approach makes you.

Speaking of phone calls and other tasks like email for example. It’s best to schedule them once or twice during the work day. While there will always be situations where you have to wait for a reply and respond right away, the majority of your calls and emails can wait for a while. There is nothing more distracting that the constant ding of your email program, or the flashing alert on your phone letting you know you have a new message. Make a habit of closing your email program, silencing your phone and then sticking it in a desk drawer. Focus on your work uninterrupted and then deal with those messages and emails on your time and your schedule.

For example, you may quickly scan through emails and voice messages first thing in the morning to see if there’s anything urgent. If not, get to work on your most important tasks while the mind is fresh and if you’re at the office early, while there are little to no interruptions. Set aside a few minutes before lunch to deal with emails and then again at the end of your workday. The same goes with messages and alerts on your phone. I’ll have more tips for dealing with technology and the distractions it brings in the next chapter.

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Eliminating Technology Distractions

When it comes to distractions, technology has become a serious problem. With the advent of smartphones, instant communication 24/7, and social media, the way we function and how our days play out has changed significantly. We’re constantly bombarded and distracted by information and entertainment. All of it is presented in nice little bite-sized chunks that have been rewiring our brains. As a population, we’re having a hard time concentrating for any length of time or even finding the stamina to read a whole book. And a big reason for that is the constant distractions technology provides.

Technology and the gadgets we carry around with us distract us both at work and during our time at home, or out and about. As with anything else, the best solution is setting boundaries and eliminating at least some of the distractions that these devices, platforms, and software bring with them. Is it realistic to expect you to give up your smartphone or cancel your Facebook account? Of course not. Instead, you can gain a lot by taking back control and making a conscious decision about when you allow those distractions and when you don’t.

Let’s start with social media. It’s a wonderful invention and a great way to connect and stay informed. You may even use it for business. It can also be a major distraction, particularly when you find yourself checking Facebook30 times a day to see what everyone is up to, or keep getting alerts on your phone that someone repinned your recipe or posted in one of the groups you’re a member of. Having access to your favorite social media platforms from your computer and phone at all times is amazing, but it can also be quite distractive. It’s time to take back control and rule social media instead of letting it rule you.

Be honest with yourself. Do you check social media too often? Do you let yourself get distracted by it? Most of us do and it takes some time and discipline to break the habit. A great place to start is to simply make it a little harder to do so. Turn off the alerts for posts and updates on your phone and tablets. Delete the bookmarks to your favorite social media sites from your computers.

Schedule social media free time. Trust me, you can make it for an hour or two before checking in. If you’re struggling to keep to your schedule, consider installing a program

Self Control or Focus Booster. Both allow you to block certain websites and platforms for a given amount of time. Lock your phone or hide it away in your bag or a drawer if you need to.

Work for a set amount of time and then reward yourself with a little social media distraction.

Set a timer to make sure that little “break” doesn’t expand to half the afternoon.

Let’s talk about your smartphone a little more. It’s an amazing piece of technology, but the constant alerts and access to all sorts of apps, websites, and of course your email can prove to be quite the temptation. Your first order of business when it comes to reducing and eliminating distraction is to disable any and all alerts, at the very least during working hours and family time.

Chances are that you’re in the habit of constantly checking your phone. It’s important to break that habit if you want to eliminate these distractions. Put your phone aside. Silence it and either stick it in a drawer, or lay it upside down so you’re not distracted by blinking notifications or a lit up screen when alerts, phone calls, or texts come in. If you can be disciplined about this, it won’t take you long to break the habit of constantly looking at your phone. If you’re having a hard time with it, consider locking your phone in a drawer. As a last resort, you can get a lockbox with a timer that will help you break the habit. Remember, this isn’t permanent. Before long you will no longer be distracted by your phone and can simply keep it in your pocket, your purse, or on your desk without the constant temptation to check it.

Most of us rely heavily on one mail and text messages to communicate both at work and with family and friends. They are a great tool and one of the biggest benefits is that you don’t have to respond real time. Let me repeat that… unlike a phone call where the idea is to talk to the other person right then and there, these forms of communication were designed to buy you time. You don’t have to reply to each email and text message immediately. Yet, we’ve all gotten in the habit of constantly checking for messages, haven’t we? We allow email and texts to constantly interrupt our day and distract us from what we were doing. We act as if those messages would self-destruct if we don’t read them right away. We may not respond right then and there, but we’ll read it. And that alone is plenty distracting. Time to work on eliminating yet another source of constant distraction.

Come up with a schedule that works for you, to deal with email and texts. I suggested a schedule for work earlier, but don’t forget to deal with personal emails and texts in a similar manner. Set certain times to check and respond to messages and then let it go. The world won’t end if you don’t see an email right away.

In addition, you should be ruthless about emails and texts that waste your time. Unsubscribe from email lists, set up filters to send promotional emails and the likes to a particular folder so you can read them on your own time, and only when you’re looking for this type of email. Get smart about managing email and using filters, folders, and labels. It’s some of the best time you’ll spend and it will greatly cutdown on how much you’ll be distracted by email from what’s really important.

Let’s wrap this technology section up with one more suggestion. Don’t let your devices distract you in the bedroom. This should be an area of rest and relaxation. Leave the phone, the tablet, and other devices in the living room. You’ll sleep much better and if there’s one area where you really can’t use distractions it’s when you’re trying to get a good night sleep.

Eliminating Social Distractions

We are social creatures and we deal with other people throughout our day-to-day life. While I’ve mentioned how to deal with people and the distractions they bring with them here and there as it relates to work and home, I think it’s a topic worth discussing in its own section. We’re always going to have other people in our lives and there are always going to be distractions. All we can do is try to reduce them for a few hours here and there so we can focus on the things we need to accomplish. Reducing technology distractions will help when it comes to interacting with others via email, text, phone, or various messaging apps. In this section, I want to focus on “real life” or face to face interaction and the distractions that can cause.

Hanging out with family and friends, and even having them stop by unexpected can be a great thing. We need social interaction, but at the same time, we also need time to focus and get things done.

Most people with a regular 9 to 5 job have don’t have to worry about family and friends distracting them during the workday. For those of us who are self-employed or who are working non-traditional hours, it can be a little more of a challenge to keep friends calling during work hours to see if we want to head out to see a movie for example. In those cases, communication is key. Be nice about it and be patient. Explain that these are your work hours and that you can’t drop everything you’re doing to head out right now. Hopefully, ,you’re blessed with understanding friends who stop distracting you during those hours. If it continues, don’t be afraid to be a little bit more upfront and ask them not to call or text you during those hours unless it’s an emergency.

Communication is also key when it comes to distractions from co-workers. Don’t be afraid to ask for some uninterrupted work time. If that’s not an option or not something you’re comfortable with, try closing your office door or putting on headphones. Often little signals like this are enough to let your colleagues know you shouldn’t be disturbed.

Setting clear boundaries of when you are open to chatting, discuss projects and the likes and when you need to buckle down and get some work done is key. Establishing those boundaries isn’t always easy. It will take time and patience, and possibly some unpleasant conversations. But it is well worth it in the long run when you can work undistractedly and enjoy your social time.

Speaking of social time, the way you will keep it from disrupting your workday while getting the most out of it is to schedule it. Make a lunch or dinner date with friends. Go on a date with your partner. Get a group of friends together for a movie night once a month. Put it on the schedule. This way everyone knows what’s going on and you don’t have to get distracted all week by group text messages or phone calls to figure out if you want to hang out or what you want to do.

 Last but not least, it’s going to get a little unpleasant. There are some people who will not respect your time or the boundaries you try to set. They continue to distract you and disrupt your focus no matter what you do or say. In those rare cases, you have to make a judgment call. Is the relationship with this person worth the distractions? If not, it may be time to sever ties for the sake of your sanity. The call is yours.

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Eliminating Inner Distractions

So far everything we’ve talked about has dealt with external distractions. It’s been the clutter, our phones, or the people around us who have been distracting us. In this section, we’re going to deal with inner distractions. Those are the random thoughts and doubts that creep in or the pain we’re experiencing that’s distracting us from what we’re doing. These internal distractions can be just as bad as, or even worse than the external ones.

Self-doubt can be a huge distraction. It can keep you from second guessing yourself every step of the way. Self-doubt even has the power to make you quit what you’re doing and never even attempt to reach your goal. Talk about a major distraction. The best antidote to self-doubt is confidence. Do everything you can to boost your belief in yourself and your self-confidence. Review your past successes, break challenging tasks into baby steps so you can see progress, find your very own cheerleader… do everything you can to start boosting your confidence and those self-doubt distractions will start to go away.

Having too much on your mind at any given time is another big source of distraction. As you get decluttered and get organized with the things around you and put calendars, schedules and the likes to good use, that mental clutter will start to diminish. Another great solution is to do a “brain dump”. Get out a notebook and pen, get comfortable, and jot down every single thing that’s on your mind. Don’t sort it, don’t judge it, just let it all out. You can go back to edit and organize this list of things later and figure out what you actually need to deal with. Writing it all down is incredibly freeing and will keep those random thoughts from disrupting you in the future. Make the time to do these brain dumps regularly for best results.

Instead of having a constant running mental list of everything you need to or should be doing, you have a physical one in your notebook that can function as a workable task list once you’re sorted through it.

Being distracted by new ideas, tools, and products is another big problem. Just like the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence, these “bright shiny objects” seem more fun and want to grab more of your attention than what you’re working on right now. The potential future project seems much more interesting than the one you’re working on right now. If this is a problem you’re dealing with, a disciplined approach works best. It isn’t easy, but getting in the habit of finishing what you’ve started before you move on to the next task or project is the best way to resolve this. You may tell yourself that you can multitask, or that the current work can wait, but the truth is that you’re better off and much more productive when you focus on one thing at the time and see it through to the end.

Last but not least, let’s talk about pain and illness. I don’t have to tell you how distracting a headache, back pain, or a cold can be. Start by treating the symptoms, but more importantly, get yourself healthy. Eat better, get some exercise, go get a physical, and get those underlying issues taken care off. While you may not be able to escape the occasional cold or stomach flu, there’s a lot you can do to reduce or even eliminate chronic pain and various other health issues. It’s amazing how much more you’ll get done when you’re healthy and well. We often don’t realize how much our poor health is distracting us until we take the time to to fix it.

What You Can Do Right Now

We’ve gone over quite a bit of information throughout the course of this report. You learned about the danger of distractions and the need to eliminate as many of them as possible. Don’t forget that these distractions are what keep you from being as productive as you’d like to be. Productivity really means taking control of your time and spending it on the things that are most important to you. It’s not just about work, it’s about spending time wisely and finding more hours for what you want to do and the people you love.

Throughout this guide, you’ve learned quite a few different tips and techniques to start taking back control of your time in all areas of your life. There’s a lot you can do and right now you may be wondering where you should start. The biggest thing is to simply start. Try something, anything I mentioned. Every step in the right direction is an improvement.

Here's The !0 Step List Again

To make it easy for you to take those first few steps, here’s a short list that you can start with.

10 Steps To Eliminate Distractions In Your Life

Declutter– Too much stuff and mess can be very distracting. Less is more and what you need is easier to find. Don’t let unnecessary stuff distract you.

Simplify– Simplify your life. Think of it as decluttering of non-material “stuff”.

Schedule– Keeping track of appointments and things you have to do can be quite distracting. Scheduling tasks help you focus on one thing at a time and increases productivity.

Delegate– Cut back on the things you need to take care of personally and the distractions they bring with them by delegating what you can.

Automate –Stop worrying about paying those bills on time, and letting that thoughts distract you. Auto-bill is your friend. Automate what you can.

Resolve– Resolve problems, conflicts, and issues that weigh on your mind or keep popping up at the most inopportune moments.

Set Boundaries – You don’t have to be available to anyone at all times. You also don’t have to know everything that’s going on at all times. Limit distractions by setting and enforcing boundaries on others and yourself.

Make Technology Work For You – Technology can be a great time-saver, but it can also be quite distracting if you aren’t careful. This is particularly true for your smartphone. Use with caution and don’t be afraid to turn it off.

Turn It Off – Speaking of which… sometimes the best thing you can do is turn it off. Turn off your phone, close your email program, leave all social media sites for the day, and buckle down to get things done.

Relax– Don’t forget to unplug and recharge. Not only will this cut down on a lot of internal distractions, you’ll also be able to better handle the distractions that do pop up.

What is your biggest distraction?  Leave a comment below if you want to share or if you want more on this topic.

About the author

Serial entrepreneur, teacher, and speaker sharing what I've learned through my experience, education, and practice in the hopes of making the journey of others, smoother than mine.

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