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Get focused: How to minimize the risk of outside influences


Do you remember those moments where you’re so much focused on something that you completely forgot everything around you?
Those are great. Those are the best moments for really getting things done and be highly productive.


But there are certain situations that you have no control of. We are subconsciously drawn to events that might be dangerous for us and no matter what, those two things will always break our focus: Blinking lights and loud noises

In our daily routine those come in form of loud coworkers, traffic noise, phone calls, people passing by and so on… Once distracted it can take you up to 25 minutes to fully focus again. So the trick is to minimize the risk of outside influences as much as possible.
Here is what you can do:

1. View
Place yourself where you have the less visual distractions possible. Don’t put yourself in front of a place where a lot of people will pass by or where a lot of traffic is happening. Even moving your computer just to another angle or side of the desk can do wonders.

2. Desk/Workplace
Your workplace should make you feel comfortable so try to keep it tidy and avoid a lot of clutter that you don’t need. Your eyes will get distracted by all the things that are not relevant to the current task. If you have a note laying on your desk as a reminder of another task you will sooner or later get distracted by it.

3. Notifications
Avoid and block out all visual and sound notifications that might try to call for your attention. If you see an email notification, hear a phone message or whatever, it is obvious that you get immediately attracted by it and that you want to check it out. By not even seeing or hearing them, you won’t have to defeat your curiosity and you can focus easier on your task.

4. Noisy Spots
Try to figure out where the noise comes from and try to move or change your workplace accordingly.Take advantage of the architecture of your place or move things around to avoid the most noisy spots.

5. Headphones
Get yourself a good pair of noise cancelling headphones in order to block annoying noises and to benefit of high quality sounds. Your ears will be very thankful, believe me.

Have a great week!

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