How to minimize distractions to stay productive

Reacting to every interruption or distraction from your environment is the biggest productivity killer. That’s because it takes 5, 10, 30 or even more minutes to fall back into a working flow every time you’re interrupted (one big study showed it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds on average). And there are so many interruptions and distractions out there today. It’s insane. In this blog post you will learn how to minimize distractions to stay productive.

How technology affects your productivity

Technology is one of the important leverages that can dramatically increase your productivity. But the problem is, it can also kill it. Technology is nothing but a tool. Like a hammer, for example. With a hammer, you can hammer a nail or nastily hit your fingers. It depends on how good you are at managing the hammer. It’s same with all contemporary technology, apps and devices. If you manage the tech, your productivity level increases. If the tech manages you, your productivity decreases.

How to easily achieve flow in the workplace

The flow is a psychological state , which you reach when you work on a task that is a little bit out of your comfort zone, and when you work in complete focus, without any distractions and interruptions. When you work on a task that really matters, you soon forget about the time, your worries, about everything else. You just create and deliver. It’s something we have all experienced, usually during play or during creative or artistic activities. The flow is a wonderful state to be in, a godlike state. Learn how to get yourself in the flow as many times as possible.

To maximize your productivity, focus on the hard tasks

The bad news is that being productive is hard. Focusing on the hard tasks it's also hard. It’s pretty damn hard. It took me a decade to train myself to be really productive and eliminate all the distractions and low‑value activities. Imagine improving your productivity like exercising. Beginnings are hard, but at some point, you just can’t stop exercising, especially after seeing all the benefits and improvements. It’s the same with productivity. You need to build yourself a proper system, push yourself out of the comfort zone a few times, and soon you will see the first improvements and results.

The abundance of time: There’s actually always enough time

Never complain about the lack of time. There’s plenty of time in a day, enough time to do meaningful work, spend time with the people you love, rest, and seize the beauty of the day. And besides that, time was created in order not for everything to happen at once. Don’t overestimate what you can achieve in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can achieve in five years’ time. If you keep the long-term perspective, there’s enough time for everything.

From reactive to proactive time management

The switch in your mindset that will bring the fastest results in your productivity levels is called going from reactive to proactive time management. What do I mean by that? Being reactive means that you react to every stimulus from the environment, immediately as it happens. Going from a reactive to proactive approach to time management is pretty simple. You just have to decide when, where and how you’ll react to external impulses and communicate your productivity rules with others.

How to say no to people to keep focus on your own goals

If you want to be highly productive in life and keep focus on your own goals, you have to learn how to say no. It might sound harsh to say no to people almost all the time, especially because feelings of guilt can kick in, but it’s really an easy thing to do. The trick is to make “no” your default answer to everything. Your decision making shouldn’t start with the question – “should I do that or not”. Your decision making should start with “absolutely no”. Then you can start convincing yourself otherwise. You can ask yourself a few