The New York Times recently ran an article called 5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help Get Rid of Distractions. Their list was mainly of things that help you stay off your phone, and thus avoid falling down the rabbit hole of online distractions. Some items on the list were expected, like noise-cancelling headphones. Some were a bit surprising but make sense, like an alarm clock so your phone isn’t the first thing you reach for in the morning.
Of course I was pleased to see that paper planners are on their list of things to help you get off your phone and avoid distraction. Planning in your paper planner, and taking notes in a notebook, are great ways to detach from your phone and live life offline and away from screens. Every time you look at your phone to check your schedule, to-do list, or notes, you run the risk of being sucked into distractions, getting sidetracked, and losing valuable time. Paper planners and notebooks allow you to focus and stay on track.
Here’s another tip to help avoid distractions: do time blocking and assign specific times to work on projects and tasks. This will allow you to focus on the task at hand and avoid the temptation to flit to something else. You’ll know this is your time to work on what you’re doing, and you’ll have time to do the other things later.
What are some ways you avoid distractions and/ or stay off your phone?