Do you find it hard to concentrate?
If you do, you’re not alone. And it’s little wonder. Your devices bug you all day. Emails, tweets, texts, Facebook updates, junk calls, snaps. It’s a constant flow of interruptions. And each interruption breaks your focus to a lesser or greater degree.
One way to retain your focus, is to take control of the interruptions. To stop your devices from distracting you. At least during those periods where you need to focus.
A few years ago, I changed how I use my phone, tablet and notebooks. The results were immediate and measurable.
Instead of having everything set to receive notifications in real-time, I switched them off. So, I no longer have a constant stream of interruptions. Instead, I check my notifications when I’m not focusing on something that requires my full attention.
Today, I not only manage to get more done, but the quality of my work has improved. I also find it easier to enter and remain in that state of flow, which often accompanies our best work.
If you’re finding it hard to concentrate, take control of your focus. Reduce or eliminate the notifications. Give yourself a steady stream of distraction-free, uninterrupted flow.