3 Tips to Escape Digital Distractions

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Have you ever picked up your phone just to complete one simple task, and found yourself cycling through all your familiar apps 20 minutes later? You are far from alone. Digital distractions are real, and it takes a strong level of awareness and a present mind to try to battle against them.

There are plenty of studies that document it, but we don’t need a university-backed study to tell us that attention spans have been in a nosedive for the past twenty years since smartphone technology emerged and became an attachment of ourselves. We are constantly bombarded with phone notifications from emails, texts, social media updates, phone calls and the list goes on.

Maintaining focus and avoiding errors has become a legitimate difficult task. Productivity levels are taking a hit due to multi-tasking, which can lead to certain details falling through the cracks. It can feel overwhelming, but the good news is that there are ways that we can fight back against these distractions and become more efficient in the workplace.

According to INC.com, here are 3 tips to escape digital distractions:

  1. Put your phone down. Chances are you’ve already developed a strong habit of picking up your phone when it’s is in plain view. Try leaving your cell in another room, out of sight, so you’ll be less tempted to pick it up. If you have to walk into another room and away from your workstation to get your phone, you’ll be less likely to get distracted by it. Keeping it on silent if your job allows it can also help from getting distracted by every ping and notification.
  2. Focus on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking used to be a badge of honor, but these days it’s proving that seeing each task from start to completion is the most efficient way to get your duties completed in an efficient manner.
  3. Find some ways to destress and refocus. Practices that boost mindfulness such as breathwork and meditation are proven to lower stress levels and encourage a more present mind, which will lead to better focus.

For more details and to read the full article from INC.com, click the link below!