The ability to ignore distractions and focus is a skill which improves with practice over time. You might not be able to completely remove distractions but you can lessen them. And you shouldn’t want to completely remove them because sometimes a distraction can lead to a great discovery.
A simple way to deal with distractions is to create a list of wholesome activities you love to do and spend your time on them. If you know how you want to spend your time it is harder to get distracted.
Start by picking one activity from the list and commit to doing it for a certain amount of time each day. After you’ve completed the activity for that day don’t worry if you get distracted afterwards. Focus on making that activity a habit. After you’ve achieved flow with this activity add another. Flow is a state where you’re completely focused on what you’re doing and everything else disappears. You become one with the activity. When you achieve flow with an activity it becomes a type of mediation.
- Chose one activity from the list.
- Time yourself (you may set an alarm)
- While doing the activity turn off your phone, computer, TV and anything else that might distract you
Don’t try to add too many activities at once, start with one and gain some momentum then add another. Keep doing this and after a while distractions will not consume all your time and energy.
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