How to do deep work and be less distracted?

Our brains have become accustomed to craving for distraction in the modern world. After all, people are glued to their screens wherever we look, playing sports, texting or checking their Facebook pages constantly. The issue is that our brains are wired to be disturbed quickly. That is because these distractions could pose threats or opportunities, evolutionarily speaking. As a consequence, it’s difficult for us to concentrate deeply on one assignment.

But don’t worry, your brain can be rewired by constructive meditation and help you concentrate. Here’s how things work. To consider a dilemma that you need to take care of without making your mind change topics, use moments that might otherwise be unproductive, such as walking your dog, taking a shower or commuting to work.

To get started, ask yourself questions that define numerous problems to solve a given issue. “Then once you’ve reached a particular target, ask yourself action questions such as What do I need to achieve my goal? ” Think of it as a hardcore workout routine for your brain that will help build your focus!

When using social media and the internet, it is also important to be aware of your intentions. If you use Facebook, for example, to stay in contact with friends, then use it to connect with them but still make an effort to spend more time with them in person, if possible.

And if you can’t do that, try cold turkey: leave social media for 30 days and ask yourself afterwards. Could the past month have been so much easier in my life with social media? Did anybody care that I had started using it? If both of you answer no, give it up for good. But if you answer yes, it’s probably the best thing to do to get back to it.

Sometimes all you want to do is, well nothing, when you get home from work or running errands all day long. And that means having no set time slots for many of us where we have to complete tasks. Ironically enough, however every night we end up trapped in the same routine: watching TV, scrolling through our screens, or staring at our computers. Then when it’s actually time to go to bed, we feel more exhausted than we did when we got home, leaving us for the next day, drained of energy.

How can the condition be avoided? You’ll free up time to be aware of how you spend it by arranging everything you do. Establish a schedule at the beginning of the workday that is broken into blocks of at least 30 minutes. You should set all work and personal activities on this timetable, such as time to rest, eat or catch up on email.

It is likely that during the day your timetable will change, so if this happens, just rearrange your blocks. The principle is not to pursue your itinerary exclusively, but to cultivate knowledge of how you spend your time.

That implies that it is also important to schedule your evenings and weekends ahead so that you can take action against specific objectives. So, try, for example, to leave your job at the workplace by enforcing limits and not checking your email after a certain time. You’ll give your mind the space it needs to shut down by doing so.

Finally, it will help you revitalize your mind and body by organizing your evenings and weekends around things other than those involving the internet. Maybe with loved ones, it’s reading, workout or just some quality time.

In the modern world, distractions are everywhere, where multitasking has become our natural condition and destroys our productivity. The good news is that by removing distractions and making our minds concentrate on one assignment at a time, we can take back control of our time.

Consider taking a “internet sabbath” the next time you feel absolutely drained at the end of an unproductive day Just take a notepad to work on which you write clear time slots when you are allowed to use the internet and stop using it outside certain time blocks. This will improve your productivity as you will want to take more advantage of the time you have given yourself to use the internet unintentionally. Just by being present while surfing the web instead of in a half-conscious state where time slips by, you’ll be shocked at how your concentration skyrockets.

Check out my related post: How to wake up your brain?


Interesting reads:

https://www.amazon.sg/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692

https://www.calnewport.com/books/deep-work/

2 comments

  1. Completely agree! I’ve deleted almost all of my social media accounts and it has really given me so much more time for other priorities. I really don’t care for it, and let me tell you that I have actually been real happy without it too. My mental, emotional, mind, spirit = higher vibes. all that other extra drama has vanished. And, I mind my own business too.
    And besides, those that are really your friends will get in touch with you one way or another.

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    • I think that’s a good practice. For those who can’t just mute the notifications and try to check them only once a day. It’s tough but even tougher to focus when you’ve go on a couple times a day. Look at your watch and time flies.

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