Ways To Avoid Distractions

If you spend hours mind-wandering or thinking about random things then you could need focus or ways to avoid distractions

There are so many tips online which says you have to disconnect or avoid the internet while working.

Many of the things we think we should be doing to help us concentrate actually work against the way that our brain naturally operates.

So what can we learn from the science of focus to get more done, and do any of the common tips actually work?

Here’s how to focus more and debug distractions:

  1. Daydream for a bit.
  2. It might seem counter-intuitive, but allowing your mind to wander off or zoning out may be one of the best approaches if you are struggling to focus.
  3. There is a growing realisation among psychologists that we spend an awful lot of time daydreaming – almost 50% of the time by some measures.
  4. This has led some psychologists to suggest that mind wandering is not so much of a glitch, but rather a key part of the system itself that can help our brains function.
  5. Looking at the brain itself can help to reveal that our focus wanes for a good reason.
  6. Concentration requires a network of brain regions including the frontal cortex, which is responsible for resisting distractions and controlling our natural impulse to do something more fun.
  7. Keeping this network functioning requires more energy than the group of brain regions that are active when we are thinking about nothing in particular.
  8. Inevitably, at some point during the day, we run out of steam and that’s when mind wandering kicks in.
  9. This actually exercises our mental functions or brain which is surprisingly beneficial – once you learn to schedule distractions.
  10. Laugh more. Laughter is said to be the best medicine – it can be true even for those who lack focus.
  11. Funny animal videos or pranks online are often seen as the ultimate distraction for procrastinators, but some psychologists think that they might actually help put us in the right mental state to get on with work.
  12. According to a recent study, a good way to boost your reserves of willpower is to have a good laugh.
  13. This is because, no matter how much you love your job, staying focused on something difficult requires willpower.
  14. According to a recent study, a good way to boost your reserves of willpower is to have a good laugh.
  15. In experiments, people who had watched a funny video tried longer and harder to complete an impossible puzzle than a control group of people who watched a video that was relaxing but not funny.
  16. The study concluded that humour replenishes our reserves so effectively that workplaces should encourage a more “playful” culture.
  17. Take a break. Stopping for some time or a few minutes each day would help you focus better than forcing your brain to focus when it’s actually dead-tired.
  18. Taking a pause whenever necessary will help you regain focus on the task at hand.
  19. You can do exercises or meditate on your break time.
  20. Also, taking that much-needed break is better with a caffeine boost.

When you need to focus for long periods, less is more.

According to studies by Joe DeGutis and Mike Esterman at the Boston Attention and Learning Lab in Massachusetts.

In brain imaging experiments, they found that the most successful strategy for staying on course was to focus for a while, and then to take a short break before going back to concentrating.

People who tried to be on hypermode all the time made more mistakes overall.

Until Next Time

Ian Leishman


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