This week’s tip gets you to consider the question “What digital distractions are impacting you?”. From pings to things flashing across the screen, interruptions in the digital space can quickly take us off focus. While Gloria Marks research has shown that it can take upwards of 22 minutes to regain focus, sometimes we don’t have that long.
What are the things we can do to create more focus in the virtual/digital space?
- Go on airplane mode or non-wifi for parts of the day when you need deep concentration
- Work on different devices – i.e. a smaller laptop for writing projects
- Schedule "deeper thinking" work at different parts of the day
- Make a point of spending part of a work day outside of the office. For example, I spend 2-3 hours working out of a public library once a week. In addition to being a great research resource, it also is an place where I know I will be able to work without the usual distractions. I usually target to take action on the one project that has been left hanging for that week. It gives me a keen sense of satisfaction as I do to leave after my time spent.
As another resource you may want to check out, I continue to enjoy the writing of Cam Newport in his books – Deep Work and Digital Minimalism. If today’s topic is of interest to you, you may find these books interesting.
Questions to consider:
- What are the digital distractions you are most aware of?
- When do they happen?
- What are 3-5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to create more focus and minimize distractions. DO IT NOW! (Before you get up or click on or reply to the next email). Thank you!
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