No matter how productive of a person you are, or how motivated you feel to get work done, distractions are always presenting themselves at prime opportunities to make us lose focus of the task at hand.

Distractions can actually be a good thing every now and then. Taking a quick and short break from work to send a text, or talk to your coworker in the cubicle next to you can actually be beneficial in order to stay refreshed so you don't get burned out, but when you take too much time away from what you need to get done is when distractions start to become detrimental. 

While it may be impossible to stop every daily distraction from happening, here are a few of my favorite tips to help prevent you from taking off too much time once distracted.

1) Wear headphones

This one might seem weird but hear me out. If you are at your cubicle, or in a Starbucks studying, put on some noise-canceling headphones, with some instrumental music, or even with no music at all. This will drown out all the chatter and background noise and help you keep focus. Additionally, you can do what I love to do which is putting in my AirPods with absolutely nothing playing. I find that when I have my headphones in people assume that I am either listening to a song/ podcast or on a phone call and purposefully do not try to get my attention. 

2) Create a daily to-do list

When you wake up every morning with a purpose, you know what you need to accomplish. You prioritize what you need to get done, and what can wait till tomorrow. I personally like to highlight or underline the 3 things that MUST get done today. This way when that distraction hits, (and it always does) and I find myself getting swept away in whatever it is that is now occupying my time, I am able to quickly bounce back into the work that I need to get done because I know what it is that must be accomplished before the days ends.

3) Put your phone out of sight

Let's be real, the number one distraction most of us face on a daily basis is our phones. Whether it is seeing that text alert pop up, needing to Google something, or just in need to satisfy that 'quick' urge to check Instagram or Tik Tok, our phone is causing so many disruptions in our workflow. If you are honest with yourself, you would realize that the need to check your phones is only there because your phone is sitting right in front of your face. Opening up your phone is typically much more exciting than what we are working on, and it is much easier to distract ourselves with what is on our phones than the task at hand. Putting your phone in a drawer or in your bag, and out of sight will reduce the urge to check it and leave you with much more time working on the things that you know you need to get done. 

I hope you can implement these small but useful tips in your life and watch your distractions be reduced and your productivity grow.