How do I stay focused when the world is so dang noisy?

Life just keeps getting noisier, doesn’t it?! These days, it feels like it’s impossible to go more than five minutes in our work days without some kind of distraction or interruption. Unfortunately, if we don’t learn how to focus, we’re never going to get around to doing the deep work that actually moves the needle in our businesses!

I think it’s crucial to learn how to resist the siren song of social media in any way we can. These apps are money-making machines, and our attention is the commodity that they are selling. We know this, and yet we can’t seem to help ourselves from going down the rabbit hole that is Instagram, or YouTube, or Twitter.

So how do we reclaim our attention and focus? With intention, of course! There are so many ways that we can learn to resist the temptations of these apps and get back to the work that really matters.

In this Ask Steph video, I’m sharing my five favourite unconventional strategies for building the muscle of focus and discipline in my work life. They’re a little bit outside of the box, but that’s why they work so well for me!

How do you focus on your work?

We’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to staying focused. All the smartest minds in Silicon Valley are conspiring to keep us distracted and scrolling, all the live-long day! But it’s up to us to resist these pressures and find ways to set our own boundaries when it comes to technology and productivity. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I am saying that we always have a choice. Next time you sit down to work, remember that your focus is actually up to you, and choose accordingly.

Which of these strategies are you most excited to implement? What helps you stay focused on your work throughout the day? If you have any unconventional focus strategies of your own, I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram @stephpellett.