How do you reduce distractions so you can focus on yourself?

Malthe Z.
This is exactly why I downloaded the app. To carve out the time for the activities I’d like to do. For me it all comes down to will power the rest I find are mostly excuses. The app can help me to overcome laziness and trigger the first impulse to act

Florian S.
I find I have to schedule time for myself to make sure it happens. If I turn on the radio or TV, I can get distracted and easily lose track of my ‘me’ time.

Aloisia U.
Remove electronics and find a quiet place in the house or go for a walk to a peaceful place and just breathe. Maybe do some yoga or creative writing or meditation to discover more about myself and focus on the moment I'm in.

Kornelia J.
I focus on all my things in the morning 15-60 minutes of walking or whatever you need to energize yourself, during that time give thanks, breathe, and focus on your daily and long term goals

Terrence F.
I can choose to leave my phone behind or off when interacting with others so I’m not as concerned about the outside world as opposed to giving myself, or whoever I’m with, the attention they deserve. Instead of picking up the phone I can read or write or reflect and think for myself.

Antonin Y.
One main distraction for me is my cell. I used to check social media and that is very distracting during work time and also after work. Now, I have only half an hour everyday that I check the social media. This helped me to increase my focus and consequently my productivity during a day.

Regina F.
Out of sight out of mind. If i can identify the distraction then i can take measures to remove it . Which is more difficult when the distraction is mental so listening to something that it is inspiring to the goal task at hand or reading or watching such content. If the distraction is within my environment such as clutter or phone stuff i can tidy and go on airplane mode or at least silent so that i can again focus on the goal task at hand . Procrastination is a crazy beast sometimes though so that doesn’t always work still learning . 😊

Bernice Z.
I try to just think about the moment in front of me. I have taught young children for many years and find I can block out distractions and just focus on what is in front of me. It’s not that I am horribly oblivious I can just focus on the person or problem that I need to focus on at the time.

Damaris S.
I start with a to-do list. If I write down everything I need to do it unjumbles my mind. Then I think about what I need to do in which order. Then I can see what is most important and take on one thing at a time. But I guess that is how I take care of all of the things I need to do, not necessarily how I reduce distractions to take care of myself. This app is helping a lot because it makes me take time to do things for myself. I guess if I get everything I need done it is kind of like taking care of myself because then I’m less stressed and can relax. Today I left my house so I wouldn’t be around distractions. I went to Cold Stone and sat and read for about 20 minutes. It was really relaxing and I indulged in a milkshake, which I’ve been craving for a while now. That was my me time for the weekend. Really it was the most me time I’ve had in a month. It was nice. I could have stayed longer, but I was getting antsy after just 20 minutes. I guess it takes practice so maybe next weekend I’ll spend a little longer. Or I could go to Starbucks or something on the way home and read once a week.

Mitchell B.
Set your goals in increments. At first I added every suggested habit I wanted to accomplish in my routine. I wasn’t getting them all. First add the stuff that’s most important stuff you know you will get done daily, then when your checking them all off 5 days in a row add the next habit you want to work on. This is about permanent positive changes and habits form over time don’t over do it all at once. Checking all the boxes is a really positive feeling. Also if you push the rocket there’s all kinds of motivational meditations as well as ones for just about anything you can think of, really has helped when I feel stuck. Lastly there’s a de clutter challenge when your up for it I highly recommend (I also recommend watching the Marie kondo method on Netflix highly motivating)

Alberte Z.
Well that has definitely become harder as I’ve gotten older and now have many more priorities but for sure having overarching life goals help me to remain focused. These goals by nature force me to pursue what makes me happy. My goals include professional success, family and spirituality so that I get just the kinda balance I need.

Kyle Z.
Writing and scheduling the day is what gets that focus started. Throughout the day, I constantly take notes on what I'm doing and how I'm doing. This helps me reflect at the end of the day and I make necessary changes in my schedule for the next day. It is also of paramount importance that you keep reminding yourself that jodi tor daak shune keu naa ashe tobe ekla cholo re!

Alfred C.
It depends on what I need to focus on. Different things work in different contexts. I've been diagnosed with ADHD, and I have to figure out the answer to this question over and over again every day. Timers, deadlines, rewards, a buddy system, make it fun, work alone, work with others. I have to experiment to figure out what works for me. Bottom line, no matter what, be kind to yourself, forgive yourself, learn and persist.

Ronnie T.
I think a lot of times my distractions were actually “shoulds”. Like I really should be doing this or that. What you should be doing is focusing on your self so that you can determine what you truly should be doing.

Ruby R.
Through meditation, it's the best way to focus on yourself as you try to off anything close to you, seat qiutely to focus on yourself.

Mathilde O.
I try to eliminate distractions. If the television or phone is interfering with productivity, off and away they go. I work better solo most of the time as people can be quite distracting.

Damien T.
Do it first thing in the morning or last thing at night. I play music that I'll enjoy. I go to a designated space that's mine and I try to keep it clutter free.

Edgar O.
Unplug from any gadgets, including tv. Go inside a room and lock it, best if it’s soundproof. Or choose the most quiet part of the day for me, either very late at night when all are already asleep or late in the morning when all have already left the house.

Marie C.
I have two young kids so distractions are part of my everyday life. What works for me is someone or something that reminds me of things to be done and the need to focus on the task at hand. I make to-do lists and set up reminders to help me accomplish things for myself. Sometimes locking myself up in the room and telling the kids I just need a bit of alone time works as well.

Alice Q.
Reducing distractions was a big milestone for me because it made it easier to focus on my own goals, and overcome my limitations. I think that finding which strategies work to reduce distractions for your personal lifestyle is very important; a strategy that complements my lifestyle may not work with yours. I found that meditation, yoga and music really helped me to filter out distractions, and focus entirely on me. Experiment with different strategies to find out which one works best for you.

Renee S.
When it comes to reducing digital distractions, I use the Forest app to keep me from looking at my phone for set periods of time. When it comes to more analog distractions, I find that scheduling a time every day when you know you don’t have anywhere you need to be and your family knows you are unavailable. (A room with a thick door helps maintain that if you have kids.)

Holly C.
I live alone and so I have plenty of opportunities. Turn phone off. Make sure I have a plan for the day. Don't add too much to plan whereby I could put too much pressure on myself and fail. Mark off every thing I achieve.

Wendy E.
It’s hard. I wish I would avoid distractions more often to focus on myself. I hate waste, including wasting time. I feel that I waste a lot of time, time that could be better spent becoming better. I am trying to put a limit on my social media use, I want to listen to more informative podcasts etc instead of mindlessly scrolling, I’ve done better with this. Distractions can also act as a way to avoid responsibilities or reality.

Romarigo C.
I turn off media (e.g., TV, phone , etc.) and sit in a quiet place. I also do belly breathing, following the breath in and out to calm and focus my mind.

Fabiele Q.
I reduce distractions by making the distraction a little less distracting. For example, my smartphone was a huge distraction so I removed its games, and turned off all notifications sounds for instant messaging (if it's an emergency they would phone and not message). If your TV is a distraction, move it to a different room making it a little less distracting. This theory can be applied to "almost" anything.

Silvio M.
Remove them one at a time. For example, television, cellphone are a huge distraction you could start off by removing the TV remote from the room making it difficult to use and removing the apps which are distracting from you cellphone as some things can't be completly removed from your life though you can make it less distracting. Eg. Turning of whatsapp sound notifications (if it's an emergency, they will phone and not text), cellphone games, and any app that has that makes your phone fun. The point is to make any distraction as boring as possible as the more boring it is, the higher the chance of leaving it alone.

Renee O.
I try to be by myself (husband and child out of the house if I’m trying to do this at home). I designate a time, space, and length of time. This gives me an expectation for how long to focus. Phone on airplane mode helps. Music in the background helps to keep the mind occupied vs tv being more of a distraction. Making things related to my larger goals or personal values.

Stella O.
It is very hard to reduce distractions, but i'm trying to change my life at home so i can have a bit more time. and it's always ok to ask for help

Emilie W.
Well… you just have to do it manually. For an example, just turn that TV off, or even that Youtube video you might be watching on your tablet or phone.

Darryl U.
I set up routines for myself and my family. I figure out a plan of attack for what I'm doing so that I can started or work on whatever it is that I think has to get done so that I can focus on myself too.

Caren Z.
When I'm aware that I'm starting to be distracted, I just remind myself that this is not the way I want to be in the future. If life get in the way, I just try to find a moment for myself, no matter the time.

Chloe J.
I go to another room away from the chaos of teenagers dogs spouse tv running game systems going and just focus on me. I want to improve my life for the ones I love most and I can’t improve myself without giving myself time to do what I need.

Todd S.
A mindfulness practice to develop the skill of deep focus.

The Pomodoro practice to be able to work in short/deep sprints.

Scheduling blocks of time on my calendar for work that requires focus.

Scheduling meeting free days (Monday’s at the moment) to be able to work without distraction.

Turning off all notifications everywhere. This has been huge.

Getting off social media and news apps (which reward distracted behaviors) and opting instead for reading books and talking 1:1 with people (which reward focus and distraction free behaviors).

Catherine S.
There are no excuses for distractions, I know that my work is my priority and it has to be done. I tell myself that and it motivates me