4 Steps to Doing Distraction-Free Work, Every Day

4 Steps to Doing Distraction-Free Work, Every Day

Chances are you aren’t managing your time right and get too distracted when working. Which leads to doing less work, not being satisfied with the end result, and even working on things that don’t require your attention, at least not right now.

But what you work on and how you do your work are 2 key factors to getting ahead in life and in business.

Luckily, there are easy things you can do to fix that and finally be distraction-free.

Here are some ideas:

1. Make changes in your environment.

Let’s begin with the place you work at.

What’s around you affects your mind and actions, so don’t be surprised if you get nothing done and are surrounded by clutter, your desk is messy, there are all kinds of lists on it, sticky notes with random tasks, and even icons on your laptop.

All that is overwhelming and it blocks creativity and productivity.

It’s time to clear your workspace and optimize it for maximum results.

If you’re working from home, you have full control over this and can design the ideal home office with a few easy hacks.

Do that by removing what’s distracting you from the room, going for the more minimalist look, and even adding design elements that are sure to improve your focus.

Your work environment has a huge impact on your mental clarity, so don’t underestimate the importance of an efficient office setup for doing your work distraction-free.

If your home allows it, you can even turn another part of it into your new creative sanctuary. Here’s an example of how one freelancer turned her garage into her new office space.

If you’re living the real office life though, get rid of anything that’s not related to work or doesn’t motivate you to get stuff done in any way. Think about adding plants, getting a better chair and/or desk if you can, or suggesting some specific measures to be taken during the next meeting that you believe will make all employees more productive.

As a business owner, make sure you know what your employees want in terms of office design, and focus on things like furniture, lightning and even creating spaces for individuals to work together to inspire team work.

2. Learn from the best.

David Burkus is hosting an awesome event called the Work Smarter Summit, where he gets 35+ world class experts to talk about productivity, smart leadership, and how to better collaborate with a team.

Not only are you going to discover your personal work style, and learn the science behind how you work, but these speakers are going to make sure they provide you with the how-to as well.

That means you are going to walk away from this summit truly understanding how you work, and with systems and tips you can put into place right away.

Register for free here so you don’t miss this opportunity.

3. Do one thing at a time.

If you have many windows open on your computer every time, if you work on more than one project, if you are trying to get a few tasks done at the same time, and if you’re working on improving many aspects of your business simultaneously, you’re going to waste time and energy and end up being unproductive and getting nothing done right.

As studies suggest, our minds just do their best job when focusing on one thing at a time.

That’s the best and only possible way to give an activity or task your full attention. It’s also how you work distraction-free as you eliminate any outer factor that usually has an influence on how you think and behave.

4. Put the headphones on.

Contrary to what you may have heard, sound does impact productivity in a positive way.

You may have seen people with headphones on when working at a coffice, checking out a coworking space, or anywhere else where someone was concentrated on doing some work on their laptop.

Well, they weren’t really enjoying any latest music hits. Some of them might simply have them on to trick their brain into ignoring any noise in the background, but most of the others were either making the most of white noise or using some of the best sound apps for work.

So, these 4 ideas should be enough to encourage you to do something for a more distraction-free workplace today.

What will you start with? What in your current work environment is preventing you from doing focused and better work?

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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity