How do you decrease distraction when we live with technology all around us; phones in our pockets or purses, tablets on the nightstand, and computers at home and at work. This technology has created a sense of urgency with every beep, ding, and buzz. It’s no wonder we can’t focus and complete our daily tasks.
MULTI-TASKING IS A MYTH
We’ve all heard of multi-tasking, the idea that we can do more than one thing at the same time. The reality is that our brains can’t actually multi-task, they can only toggle, which is switching between tasks rapidly.
It’s hard to focus when you’re constantly asking your brain to switch gears. Imagine if that happened to you at work; two people bombarding you with questions and documents, and you’re trying to help both of them as quickly as possible. That’s what you’re asking your brain to do on an hourly basis with the windows on the computer, or the apps on your phone, the constant checking is pulling your brain from one task and forcing it onto another.
Hands down, one of the best tips I can give you to decrease distraction, is to start every day with an organized, focused mindset. What does this mean? Every morning, the very first thing I do, is grab my planner and I write out my tasks and organize my day. This allows me to start my day already focused on what exactly I need to get done. I also take this time to delegate tasks to other days, which mental removes them from my plate so that I can be more focused on the things I really need to get done.
I use the Smart Life Push Journal as my daily planner. I love it because it has dramatically improved my ability to stay on task! It might be the right journal for you too! Check it out here >> SMARTLIFE Push Journal.
YOU ARE ON SENSORY OVERLOAD
- Whether you notice it or not, the constant dinging of devices, background noises, sirens, or chatter of co-workers create sensory overload.
- Your brain has to process and filter all this stimuli to figure out which ones to pay attention to and which ones are really in the background.
At the end of the day do you often feel stressed or burned out, on top of out of focus?
That’s because of the daily multi-tasking and sensory overload. Our brains can only handle so much, and the more we throw at it, the more our stress hormones, cortisol, increase.
It’s gotten so bad that it’s hard for anyone to do just one task. When we try to focus on one thing, like just walking down the hall, our brain struggles looking for that adrenaline we get every time we check our phones.
WE ARE ADDICTED TO MULTIPLE STIMULI
- We’ve become addicted to multiple stimuli at one time, making it impossible to focus on just one thing.
- The only way to get away from this cycle is to remember that you have a choice.
TIP >> You don’t have to answer every email or phone call as soon as it comes in. By prioritizing your tasks and taking frequent breaks you will avoid losing focus and feeling stressed.
The most successful people know how to balance all this input and remember that not everything is as urgent as it may seem.
The links below are to some top episodes from the Chalene Show that address focus! Just click listen now, and don’t forget to leave a review!
How to organize your brain >> LISTEN NOW
How to focus like a laser >> LISTEN NOW
Identify your power hour >> LISTEN NOW