1. Switch off social media
These days, it’s really hard to switch off from the outside world, and that’s primarily thanks to social media. It’s an easy distraction to give in to, helping us satisfy our desire to keep in touch with friends and family, and stay up to date with the latest news and information.
One reason for many people’s addiction to social media may be dopamine, a chemical released in the brain that can contribute to our happiness. Studies suggest that using social media can release dopamine and this in turn can encourage repeated use of social media.
What most of us know as FOMO on social media (the fear of missing out) can also act as a huge distraction, whether you’re at work, watching the television or supposed to be paying attention to a romantic date. So, how can we combat it?
Simply turning your phone off is probably the simplest answer, but it might not be an option if you’re expecting an important call. Instead, try turning off your notifications or setting your phone to ‘do not disturb’. That way, only the most important messages will get through, and you can start to focus on deep work without your most pressing distraction. If that doesn’t work, there are plenty of apps ready to download that can help you stay off social media.