7 Practical Ways to Control for Common Distractions
To help account for many of the common and unwanted distractions caused by my external environment, like interruptions, noise, and notifications, I’ve come to rely on a number of strategies.
Below, are 7 practical ways to control for common distractions that are predominantly brought on by external triggers in our environment.
7 ways to control for common distractions:
- Invest in a pair of noise cancelling headphones (they often double as a great ‘do-not-disturb’ sign)
- Display your own ‘do not disturb’ sign if you get frequently interrupted
- Notify family members when you plan to work and ask that you are not to be disturbed
- Work in a low distraction environment such as a library
- Avoid studying in high traffic areas such as the kitchen table
- If working from home, leave a note on your front door for deliveries, requesting packages be left at the door (e.g., “Please leave deliveries at the door. I am currently in a meeting. Thank you!”)
- Put your phone on do not disturb, flight mode, or silent and place it out of sight
I strongly encourage you to implement all seven where possible, for the best results and to regain a sense of control over your work sessions, regardless of whether you are in the office, a public place such as a café or library, or working from home.
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