Share your distraction killing secrets to get the job DONE..

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Hi fellow warriors,

I recently finished reading 'Deep Work' by Cal Newport. It's a great read and I recommend it to everyone. It made me more aware of the time I waste on stupid stuff and made me think a lot more about concentration and how social media affected my attention span ( f***ed up ).

Basically 2 hours of concentrated work can be more productive than a 8 hour distracted work in which you work while you have 25 tabs open, 10 of them probably being a combination of social media and video entertaining content

What I began doing to kill distractions and has a huge impact on my work and well-being are the following:

1 ) I began to wake up earlier. Usually I got up at 7 pm but now I force myself to get up at 5:30 pm. By doing us I buy myself time for having a quick workout and doing some work when everyone else is sleeping-> less distraction, more focused work

2) Day by day I'm distancing myself from social media. I try to use it more for business purposes nowadays and try to spend maximum 10 days surfing brainlessly. I feel more calm and I seem to concentrate better when I'm not jumping to my phone after every notification

3) I try to give myself strict periods of time to spend working( I read about this in the book). Basically I work from 6-8 pm and from 6-8 am on my online business everyday, in this way forcing productivity. Since I have so little time, thoughts like 'Go on FB for 5 mins for a quick break' don't come to me at all.

I'm curious on how other warriors deal with distractions that can impact your work & business.

Let's kill distraction together
Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Master Blake
    Great piece of work but why do you distance yourself from social media?

    You're leaving money on the table. In fact, piles of them.

    There are many cases of almost overnight successes using SM,
    and even rag to riches stories. You could be one of them.

    If you're good at your craft, you're doing a disservice to yourself,
    and your audience if you don't show up.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndreiMorariu
      I'm distancing myself from social media in terms of not using it to surf brainlessly around, as I wrote in the post I use it just for business purposes nowadays / as a platform to offer value to my audience But no more surf for fun, huge time waster
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      • Profile picture of the author Master Blake
        Sure, going brainless is not the way. I was referring to youtube which is a pot of gold.



        Originally Posted by AndreiMorariu View Post

        I'm distancing myself from social media in terms of not using it to surf brainlessly around, as I wrote in the post I use it just for business purposes nowadays / as a platform to offer value to my audience But no more surf for fun, huge time waster
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  • Profile picture of the author Master Blake
    OK here goes my secret.

    I'm having fun doing it. "Work" doesn't seem as a chore.

    The pay day is just around the corner.

    Just go out and get it like a ravenous piranha.

    The ability to *focus* is also what it takes to make mountains move.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Originally Posted by AndreiMorariu View Post

    Hi fellow warriors,

    I recently finished reading 'Deep Work' by Cal Newport. It's a great read and I recommend it to everyone. It made me more aware of the time I waste on stupid stuff and made me think a lot more about concentration and how social media affected my attention span ( f***ed up ).

    Basically 2 hours of concentrated work can be more productive than a 8 hour distracted work in which you work while you have 25 tabs open, 10 of them probably being a combination of social media and video entertaining content

    What I began doing to kill distractions and has a huge impact on my work and well-being are the following:

    1 ) I began to wake up earlier. Usually I got up at 7 pm but now I force myself to get up at 5:30 pm. By doing us I buy myself time for having a quick workout and doing some work when everyone else is sleeping-> less distraction, more focused work

    2) Day by day I'm distancing myself from social media. I try to use it more for business purposes nowadays and try to spend maximum 10 days surfing brainlessly. I feel more calm and I seem to concentrate better when I'm not jumping to my phone after every notification

    3) I try to give myself strict periods of time to spend working( I read about this in the book). Basically I work from 6-8 pm and from 6-8 am on my online business everyday, in this way forcing productivity. Since I have so little time, thoughts like 'Go on FB for 5 mins for a quick break' don't come to me at all.

    I'm curious on how other warriors deal with distractions that can impact your work & business.

    Let's kill distraction together
    Cheers!
    here is the thing .. there have been a range of studies showing how much time even high performers are actually doing productive work ..

    the pro quarterback who won the game sunday .. and the one who lost the game still made hundreds of thousands of dollars for that game and where only ..performing half the game or less .. so 40 minutes on the field or less ..

    but preparation for that game started weeks ago .. many hours of practice was put in just for that game.. and watching game video and .. everything else ..

    so you are better off only expecting to get 2 real focused and highly productive hours a day.. and figure out which part of the day that you mentally perform the best ..

    now you can work more than that ..because there is a lot of preparation and side stuff .. that you can do while distracted
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    On me its negativity its something in my mind who stops me to work hard everyday ,i think its a limiting beliefs etc
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

      On me its negativity its something in my mind who stops me to work hard everyday ,i think its a limiting beliefs etc
      There's nothing easier to fix than something in your own mind. It's just a matter of finding out what works best, for you. It's important that what you choose something that simply doesn't wind-up being an additional distraction and a new waste of time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Odahh
        Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

        There's nothing easier to fix than something in your own mind. It's just a matter of finding out what works best, for you. It's important that what you choose something that simply doesn't wind-up being an additional distraction and a new waste of time.
        i know this is a bi out there .. but most of what people believe ..come from some form or system of marketing ..so the easiest way to change what in a person's own mind.. is to marketing techniques that have the most effect ..

        much of the limiting beliefs are around the idea of putting in the time ..if someone can get everything they need to get done in a day to be very productive..done in an hour .. fine.. but then there is a need to do work for show.. to prove to some force that they earned it .. by hard work ..

        i'm can be on the other side of the planet tomorrow or in the next couple days .. easy enough.. not because i evolved or worked very hard to physically be able to grow wing and fly real fast.. no i can sit here buy a plane ticket online as soon as i want and go get on the plain .. the hardest part is probably going through the security theater of the TSA ..that annoys everyone to make it look like they are doing stuff to keep people safe ..

        the more technology eliminates the hard work people used to need to do.. the more people create hard unproductive work.. if the think they need to do work like activities 12 hours a day to succeed ..they and they really only have 1 hour of productive stuff to do.. they will figure some way to do something they claim is hard work 12 hours a day ..

        while the guy who did his real work or most likely the woman who did the real work in the hour .. and then did all the paper shifting .. then got on to doing other things.. is look at as lazy and unambitious
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Working in 1-2 hour blocks works for me Andrei. Also, working in silence. Just the tick-tock of the clock in the background now.

    Meditation and yoga have been good to me too; quiet the mind, dissolve distractions.
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  • You're looking at a distraction - right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Misinformation Maniac View Post

      You're looking at a distraction - right now.
      No - right now, you are looking at enlightenment, though I would agree that everything else posted here is a distraction.
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  • Profile picture of the author G K
    Music (fast and heavy) actually, helps me concentrate.... I'm a developer, so I use music to keep a contact pace when coding. In a sense, like the guy shouting out to people rowing a boat, row, row, row, ... I found however, that delegation of time, needed to be specifically scheduled, regular, and uninterruptible, or chaos ensues. so my nugget of wisdom, figure out what type of metronome works to help you get your focused tasks complete, and keep your problem solving task/interactions time 100% quarantined from the focused task time. Let your clients/coworkers know when your focus times are scheduled for, Set a timer, do not answer your phone, do not reply to emails, nothing. Inversely, do not let your problem solving /interactions time be cut short or split up by focused tasks. if you clear all of today's problems, before problems solving time runs out... start on tomorrows problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author G K
    Sorry, forgot to add... distractions are destructive during "focused time" however, they are a positive thing if they occur during "problem solving/interactions" times. Distractions, cause an unintended fork in the mental road you have trained yourself to follow to complete tasks. Hence you are forced to learn something new, that likely, will help solve a problem or refine the method you use to complete tasks. Without Distractions, every minute of your day would eventually become focused time As you would be learning nothing new, whatever you spend you focused time working on, would eventually, become obsolete....
    Again not beneficial to focused time at all, so.... do your best to schedule your distractions : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    There is no fix for distractions. They are distractions because you are not sufficiently interested in your work.

    If you are doing work that isn't engrossing to you, a looming deadline will focus your mind.
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    mr nike says

    just do it
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