I've read a lot about focus in the last months and I'm trying not to let myself get distracted as much anymore.
Distractions kill concentration.
If I'm in the middle of a coding problem and stop to read a browser notification, I'm sucked into that distraction and have to build up my concentration almost from scratch when I go back to the coding problem.
“Willpower is not enough to protect your focus.”
- from "Make Time"
Here are some things I learned that help to stay focused:
- I close my browser tabs (or the whole browser) to avoid the temptation to quickly check the email tab ... it's already open, after all
- I hide my mobile phone in a drawer so I don't see its notification light blinking in your peripheral vision
- I set a pomodoro timer to 30 minutes to have a deadline after which I'm allowed to distract yourself for a bit
- I'm intentional with my time, i.e. I intentionally choose what to work on for the next hour or so
- I leave some unfinished work so I'll WANT to finish it the next day
- I close my chat
- I disable email notifications
If you want to go deep into the topic of focus, I recommend reading the book "Make Time". It's a quick and easy read and really inspirational.