Distraction is defined as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. Let’s look at 5 common distractions.
As an adult living with ADHD I am no stranger to distractions. One of the things that I have found very helpful to help me focus on the task at hand is knowing what are some common distractions that I am up against, so I can recognize them and deal with the preventively instead of just reacting to them. Here are 5 common distractions that you should watch out for, lest they prevent you from finishing your tasks.
1 – Social media. Social media is the number one distraction, and this includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Social media is a great thing, I wholeheartedly endorse using social media, but not when you need to be doing other things that are more important or time-sensitive. If you feel that you absolutely must check your social media while you are working or attempting to finish a project, then set a timer. Pick a reasonable amount of time such as 20 minutes – and set your timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off you need to finish your last social media post and then sign out.
2 – Texting. I am the first to admit, I text with my friends and family all day when I should really be devoting my time to other things. As with the social media mentioned above, there’s definitely time in your day to text your friends and family, you just have to pre-determine when you will read and send texts. I suggest that you pick certain times in your day to read and send texts, such as 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, etc…I know that an unread text message can be a little stressful, so if you would like to use this strategy to keep yourself focused, then I suggest that you turn off your text alerts. If it’s something that can’t wait then they will just have to call you.
3 – People. If you work in an office with other people, especially friendly people, then sometimes they are going to distract you. Once in a while isn’t a problem, but if it gets to be an everyday occurrence then I suggest that you wear headphones while you are working. You don’t even have to have any music playing, just the sight of you wearing headphones will ward off any idle chatter.
4 – TV. If you’re trying to accomplish a task at home, don’t turn on the TV to keep you company. The light, sound, and movement of the TV will distract you and entice you to watch “just one show”. If you prefer to have noise while you are working or cleaning, turn on the radio.
5 – Daydreaming. I am very guilty of this distraction, and unfortunately it’s the most difficult one to stop. I have no solution to this distraction, other than trying to be more aware of your task and trying to keep focused.
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