Phones are amazing devices; the amount of things you can do on them seems to know no bounds. But that can be flipped on its head and become a massive con, considering your phone can have the biggest distractions of all time. But by using some simple techniques to hone in on your self-control, you can stay focused on the task at hand.
Top Tips for Staying Focused
Plan out what you’re going to do
I don’t know about you, but I find that if I don’t have a to-do list, I find that I’m more likely to be distracted. The first thing you should do is write down what you want to get done for the day. It might be helpful for you to assign times and give a rough estimate of how much time you’ll be spending on each task.
Set some clear boundaries
It’s entirely up to you how much time you want to dedicate to your task, but I find that twenty-minute increments work quite well. Using that example, after the twenty minutes, you can set five minutes to go on your phone. Once your five minutes are up, rinse and repeat. If you’re having a bit of trouble keeping track of everything, a timer on your phone can do just the trick. Just make sure that, when you’re working, you don’t have it in reach.
Rearrange your home screen
A small detail but an effective one. When you open your phone, are you bombarded with social media apps or other sorts of distractions? If that’s the case, it’s best to move those apps away from the first page, and move all of your tools or any apps that you know you won’t get distracted by to the front. This is also a good chance to clean up your phone if you have some unnecessary apps you want to uninstall. That way, when you open up your phone, it acts as a little reminder that you should be working instead of spending time on your phone.
Turn off notifications and put it on ‘do not disturb’ mode
Every ping and call can lead to hours of wasted time. The best way to ignore your phone is to get rid of any noises that might lead you to do something mindless. It’s as simple as going into your settings and onto the ‘notifications’ tab. The ‘do not disturb’ mode, on the other hand, is to silence incoming calls, which can also be found in your settings. Once that’s all done, you shouldn’t be getting any sorts of reminders to check that phone of yours.
Turn off your wi-fi
If you find that you’re still going on your phone even after using all these methods, it’s probably time for you to bring out the big guns. Obviously, by turning off any internet access, you won’t be able to go on any of your social media apps or any other unproductive websites. A simple way of doing this is putting your phone on aeroplane mode. That way, if you do ending up getting distracted and go on the internet, you’ll be faced with nothing of interest.
Be mindful of what you’re doing
This may sound a bit vague, but hear me out. When you get distracted, more often than not, you’re don’t purposefully decide to go ahead with the distraction. You don’t really think to yourself, “I’m going to go look through my social media now”, it’s more like a reflex, in that, you don’t really think about what you’re doing. So, instead of being pulled in, stop and take a breath. Ask yourself what you want to do. Do you want to be productive and finish your work? Or do you want to push that back for something that won’t even matter in a year’s time? Every time you feel this urge, have this discussion with yourself, to pull yourself away from the cycle.
At the end of the day, if you’re still finding it difficult to maintain that willpower, try not to beat yourself up over it. Breaking bad habits such as these is going to take time and effort; it’s not going to happen overnight. And even once you break those habits, you’re not going to be perfect. Even the most productive of people have their off days. That doesn’t mean you can slack off, however, you have to be consistent if you want to see any change after all. So, it’s time to stop the excuses, put your phone away, and get working.
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