It is best to create a workspace that helps you to do one task at any given time. It is likely not very realistic to have numerous hours just for one task, however, if you can commit only 5 minutes to monotask, this can improve your productivity.
We will now look at a couple of changes you can do:
Get rid of temptation: You should try your best to avoid going on social media whenever you are in the middle of a task. There are many people who actually use anti-distraction software on their computers such as StayFocusd, SelfControl, Anti-Social etc. These basically block your access to social media and other distracting websites on the internet for particular time periods.
Use one screen: If you have another monitor, turn it off. Also, move your phone or turn it off as well.
Move: Whenever you’re losing focus and you find yourself repeatedly reading the same line or your mind keeps wondering, it is best to get moving. Simply get up and have a quick walk. According to Dr. Miller, this can greatly help to improve your focus, mood and even lower hunger.
Use Intervals When Working: You should have a timer that is set to go off in 10 minutes or even 5 minutes. Then, use this time to focus on your task for that period of time. Once it is over, you can take a minute to do whatever you want and then refocus again for another 5 or 10 minute period. See here an effective time tracker to hello with productivity.
Dealing With Distractions
It is quite normal and even primal to become distracted, so don’t be too hard on yourself. In our early days as primal humans, we had to react quickly to predators such as lions, tigers etc. This lead us to have a very sensitive sensory input and this was quite necessary since it was about life or death. Unfortunately, our modern brains have not adapted to modern times where this is no longer needed.
Thankfully, when you continuously work on improving your focus and only doing one task at a time while ignoring any distractions, this will help to work out your prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is more evolved and actually helps you to remain focused.