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7 Ways to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused on the Present

Adam Ainsworth
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Learn how to stay focused and avoid distractions with these 7 practical tips. Whether working from home or getting back into the grove of staying productive at the office, we hope you find peace and increase your productivity by remaining calm in the present moment.

Set realistic goals: Start by setting a limited number of achievable goals for the day, rather than a never-ending to-do list. In Chet Holmes’s best-selling book The Ultimate Sales Machine, he recommends sticking with six items on your daily to-do list.  

Prioritize tasks: Decide which tasks are most important, and do them first. Have you heard the saying “Eat that Frog“, in Brian Tracy’s book by the same name, he emphasizes the principle of tackling the most difficult tasks first thing in the morning when you are fresh and full of energy. Accomplishing the most challenging task first helps you gain massive momentum to carry you through the rest of the day.

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Use a timer: Set a timer for specific tasks. The Pomodoro technique is designed to work in manageable sprint-like blocks followed by a short break. Using a timer will help you stay focused and prevent you from getting sidetracked because you become more accountable when the clock is ticking.

Take breaks: Take short breaks throughout the day to stretch, walk around, or do something different. Frequent short breaks will refresh your mind and keep you present. Remembering to get up and move away from the computer and take a few deep breaths is essential. Classical music can help give you a natural refreshing boost.

Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is a technique that helps you focus on the present moment. Try to spend a few minutes each day practicing mindfulness, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. Remember to enjoy or appreciate the present moment. Find peace in the process of what you are doing by slowing down, breathing, and having good posture. 

Avoid distractions: Turn off your phone or disconnect from the internet while working. If you continue to check your phone, move it to another room, this will help you stay focused and break the addictive thoughts that pull you away from what is important.

Celebrate accomplishments: Finally, take a moment to celebrate your achievements at the end of the day. You could do this by reflecting and writing down what you did well today and what you should improve for tomorrow.

In conclusion, staying focused and avoiding distractions can be achieved by setting realistic goals, prioritizing tasks, using a timer, taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, disconnecting from your phone, and celebrating accomplishments. 

Enjoy this short clip to help inspire you to be more present and connected to reality.

By following these simple tips, you can increase your productivity and find peace in the present moment.

Adam Ainsworth
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