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One of the most significant stressors many of us face is distractions. The things that lead us astray from our work and from the things that matter most. Once we’re distracted, we get behind, or we miss out on important moments and opportunities. It’s then that negative feeling like pressure, anxiety, sadness, and stress set in. This upheaval becomes a cycle when outside influences are leading us. The key to taking charge and lessening the nagging emotions — focus. Let’s take a look at some ways to cut distractions to promote calmness and focus.

Go Offline

One of the biggest things to distract a great number of people is digital distractions. Email, social media, and texting can be like a siren call. You immediately answer when you hear an alert. You might also feel tethered to checking in on the outside world through Facebook or Instagram. While technology can be fantastic, it can also take away from you in productivity and meaningful moments. Set some limits on the time you spend online each day to avoid distractions. Check email and social media only two or three times during the workday. Remove your phone from the room entirely if you must. 

Set Small Deadlines

Setting small deadlines for yourself imposes time limits. It also enhances your focus by challenging you to beat the clock. Seeing an end to your task makes it seem easier to get started and remain in the flow. You’ll be more productive in this manner. Setting the clock for an hour should be a good guideline, but each task might require its unique deadline.

Break it Down

Along these lines, it can help to break big tasks into smaller chunks. Doing so makes your job seem so much more manageable. You’ll gain the inspiration and motivation necessary to keep going when you feel you face an achievable goal, rather than an impossible feat. 

Move Yourself

Sometimes rather than removing distractions such as your cellphone from your presence, you’ll need to remove yourself from the source of what’s distracting you. For example, if you work from home and find yourself frequently distracted by household chores or your favorite television program, it would be a wise idea to find another location from which to work. Head to a coffee shop or library to get things done. Sometimes, this also works when you need a change of scenery to escape your mind’s distractions or mental blocks. 

These are some suggestions to get you started on the process of removing distractions from your life. Once you eliminate some of this type of clutter, you’ll feel lighter and calmer, ready to face the world. 

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