Block Distractions and Stay Focused
In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day, whether you’re at school or at work. We often find ourselves distracted by our phones, other friends and family, or emails and websites that only help fuel our time wasting and have no connection to our actual work or what we should be focused on in order to feel a sense of achievement at the end of the day.
Question is, how do we stay focused at work and/or school and keep the distractions at bay? How do we stop asking ourselves, ‘What was I doing again?’ 10 times a day because we forgot while we focused on something else, less important?
We all have days where we can’t seem to focus but for some of us, those days are more common than others and whether its down to fatigue, distractions, lack of motivation, or something else entirely our inability to focus digs a hole in our productivity and therefore, jeopardizes our chances of success – at school and in the workplace.
BlockSite can help keep you focused. Use the focus timer feature to schedule your online activity. For example, in the morning while you’re catching up on work emails, block social media sites that may distract you until you’re done. Or maybe you’d rather steer clear of news sites that take too much time in the morning to read through? Schedule a block on specific websites during certain days and times to stop you from browsing news websites and you’ll instantly have made the first step into staying focused for longer.
Maybe you’re a student studying for exams and need to stay focused on revising? You could use BlockSite as a stay focused app, as it allows you to remove all distracting and harmful websites and apps from your life by blocking them for you while you need to study. Set up the Work Mode feature and set your schedule feature to keep you on track by the day and hour! What could be better than that? You could also make sure you have password protection enabled for added benefit and you will be totally covered and able to stay focused for much longer than normal.
If we all started focusing on being productive and not just busy we would all be able to get more done, in less time and feel a sense of achievement at the end of the day. So, how else, apart from digital tools, can we make sure we do this? Some ideas might include;
- Do the most difficult tasks first – Research has shown that our minds are sharpest in the morning and that is when we should tackle the tough jobs. After these are out of the way, we can relax and take care of the more routine work that doesn’t require much in the way of mental strain, ability, and energy.
- Remind yourself of your goals – Create a vision board, a mind movie, or some system that serves as a constant reminder of what you are working toward. The “why” behind the goal is crucial as it will serve as a motivator.
- Plan ahead – Getting into the habit of planning your day in advance will remove your easiest decisions from the table, making it easier to avoid getting sidetracked and wasting time and energy on small, unimportant things.
- Get Energized – Take a quick break when working on something if you feel your energy fading. Take a brisk walk, run, stretch, or do whatever you need to do to take a brief retreat from work. You will come back to your task with renewed energy and a sharper mental focus.