By Lauren Denos: 6/29/2015 (Mindset)

Distractions are everywhere. Sometimes it is the kids, the dog, the work emails that never end, the constant mind chatter of what else we need to be doing. The list goes on and on. These distractions can keep us from accomplishing what we really want to accomplish. So how do we deal with this? There are tons of options that can work. We will look at a couple techniques that may help with your distractions.

Why Do You Need to do This Task?

Well, to start, remember why you want to get this thing done in the first place. If you have a goal that actually is important to you, then you have a reason to stay focused. Make sure you write this down and keep it in mind. We often have to do mundane tasks to accomplish that big shiny wonderful goal you have set for yourself. It is easier to drift during the mundane details. This is why you need to have that big exciting goal in mind. If you have that in mind during the mundane stuff, you may be able to find the excitement, or at least the reason to stay focused.

Write It Down

You need to write it down. Have you ever been focusing on a project when suddenly you get distracted by a completely off topic a brilliant idea? The best way to deal with this is to just stop what you are doing for to seconds and write down the idea, otherwise it may wind up being quite persistent and keep you distracted. Always make sure you have a way to take notes. This way when a great idea comes up, you can write it down and work on it at a later time. Usually when you write it down, your mind can then release the thought.

Change Your Scenery

If you are working out at home and keep getting pulled away by other things you need to do, then get out of the house! Some people can set aside their time and commit to their workout in their house. Others cannot separate personal time and busy house work time. It may be as simple as going to the park by your house or the gym, this may be a better idea for you to stay focused. The act of going somewhere else can separate your workout time with the familiar place where tons of things always need to be done.

Schedule or Let the Mood Take You

Do you like having a schedule for yourself or are you more free-floating? Most people work better when they have a schedule to adhere to. Set up time frames for yourself to work with. When you have a schedule planned out, you can make sure you have enough time for all you want to accomplish.

On the other hand, if you are using a strict schedule you could find that you are putting too much restriction on yourself. Some people find motivation at odd times. For example, a writer or painter will get their inspiration at different times of the day. If they stick to a schedule then they may not have the optimal inspiration to complete their work. If you are doing something that needs certain creative juices or motivation, then you might want to test out being a little more free-floating with your schedule.

When relating this all to health and fitness, if you are someone who has a hard time getting your workouts in and will procrastinate, then a schedule is the right thing for you. If you are someone who has a very flexible schedule and has no problem with motivation, but you have varying times of the day where you have the most energy for a workout, then the free-floating format may work for you. Both of these tactics can work, it simply depends on what works best for you personally and your habits.

Limit Outside Distractions

Shut down the things that can distract you. We are in the information age. Social media is something most people are playing on daily. This can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, but can also be a huge distraction. Shut it down more regularly. If you get in the habit of not having it on 24/7, then you will be able to focus better on the task at hand without worrying about what your friend’s dog did recently.

Get Your Other Necessities Done

Get necessary things done. If you know there are work emails that need to be send or dishes that have to be washed and they are keeping you from accomplishing the task at hand, then get them done so you can get back to focusing on what you are wanting to accomplish . When you have too many outstanding of unfinished things on your plate, it is easy to get distracted. This is because you brain is cluttered with what else you need to do.

If this is a regular occurrence and you always have too many other tasks that need to be accomplished, then, like we talked about above, schedule your day out. This way you know you have plenty of time to accomplish the other important tasks, and can stop stressing about them. They all have their place and time.

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