Dealing with Distractions in the COVID era In recent times, we’ve all been working from home or just getting back into being in-person–whether that be at school, or at work. Even at home, we all had something distracting us, and it’s even worse in person. Our attention spans have decreased, and everything around us is telling us to just go away from our work for just five minutes–and all of a sudden, it’s almost time for your lunch break or your class period is about to end. So how do we effectively deal with procrastination and distractions? Here are a couple of tips.

  • Use the Pomodoro method.
    This method is a new way of splitting your time productively. The idea is you set a timer for about 25 minutes and work for that amount of time, then take a break for five minutes. These increments can also be increased to 45/15 or 35/10 minute increments. Keep in mind that taking breaks is important to accomplishing productivity using this method, so skipping them won’t do you any good.
  • If you’re working from home, take a walk outside!
    Working somewhere in-person? Take a quick walk in the halls and get a drink of water or go to the bathroom.
  • Having a cluttered workspace won’t be helpful to your productivity.
    With a mess around you, finding things you’ll need will be harder than you need it to be. Keeping a space tidy will not only help you be more organized, you’ll also spend less time looking for things. If you’re a student, this can be applied to your backpack instead of your workspace
  • Keep a to-do list.
    To-do lists give you an overview of what you’re doing and how you’ll set up your time. This will keep you concentrated on the right track–and also give you a nice sense of accomplishment every time you cross something off of your list.
  • Put your electronics away. Fully away.
    Toss them into a drawer, give them to a younger sibling or child to play on (or maybe not)–just get them out of your sight. This will help you keep your focus on what needs to get done, instead of thinking, “I’ll take a 10-minute break on my phone” and suddenly two hours have gone by. Another tip: block any non-work-related websites using extensions like Freedom, BlockSite, and more.