Beat interruptions and distractions with a Focus Defense Sheet
- Get a pen and two pieces of paper.
- Label the first paper as the “Focus Defense Sheet for Eliminating Interruptions.”
Then, label the second paper as the “Focus Defense Sheet for Managing Distractions.”
- On the first paper, write down one activation trigger that you think could help you eliminate interruptions.
This trigger is simply a prompt to help you take positive action. An example of this is hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on your door.
- On the second paper, list the obstacles you think could interrupt you while working.
An example of this is receiving a phone call from someone while you’re in deep work.
- Write down what will be your planned response for each possible obstacle.
Turning off your notifications is a good example to avoid being interrupted by messages, emails, or phone calls.
- Post the sheets somewhere visible in your workplace.
This will serve as your actionable strategy when faced with interruptions and distractions.
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