Summary of “How to manage your biggest distractions when working from home”

The benefit for employers is that people who work from home tend to be more productive and happier, according to a new study by Porch, a website that matches homeowners with home service professionals.
According to Porch, the biggest distraction is the television; 76.1% of remote employees have worked with the TV on.
Here are a few ways to stay productive while working from home.
Flexible working arrangements can mean flexible hours, but if you’re not good about getting your work done and your performance is slacking, you’ll need to treat your home office like a regular office and set structured working hours, says Stack.
Create a contract with yourself, such as “Work begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., and I will take one hour for lunch,” she says.
Whether you work from home or in an office, the problem with distractions is that we’re conditioned to seek them out, says productivity expert Maura Thomas, author of Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.
“If other people are home when you’re working, make sure they know when you’re not to be disturbed,” she says.
Reclaim your ability to focus by closing out email and working in offline mode, suggests Thomas.

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Summary of “4 Strategies for Overcoming Distraction”

So how can you gain back control? After reading hundreds of studies, interviewing dozens of experts, and running the gambit of self-experiments, I learned that countless strategies can help us mitigate distraction.
After focusing for 45 minutes, I treat myself to a 10-minute all-you-can-eat distraction buffet.
Distractions happen 64% more often in an open office, and we’re interrupted by others more often in that environment as well.
Our work tends to expand to fill the time we have available for its completion, and any excess time remaining is usually filled with distractions.
Sometimes distractions come from internal and external factors, but other times they happen because we’re not being challenged enough by our work.
If it’s high, that’s usually a sign that you have the capacity to take on more-challenging projects, and perhaps even more work in general.
We can’t help that our minds crave distraction.
What we can do is set ourselves up for success by adopting strategies to block distractions ahead of time, work with greater intention, and reclaim our attention, once and for all.

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Summary of “To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To”

Or said another way: you must control your attention to control your life.
Attention management is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so that you can unleash your genius.
Rather than allowing distractions to derail you, you choose where you direct your attention at any given moment, based on an understanding of your priorities and goals.
So if your attention continues getting diverted, and email, meetings, and “Firefighting” consume your days, pretty soon weeks or months will have gone by and your life becomes full of the “Experiences” you never really intended to have.
Practicing attention management means fighting back against the distractions and creating opportunities throughout your day to support your priorities.
Remember, it’s there to serve you, not the other way around! Decide to take control by turning off email and “Push” notifications which are specifically designed to steal your attention.
Practicing attention management will not eliminate distractions from your day.
Instead, control your attention to control your life.

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Summary of “In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage”

“Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.” Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn shares this advice with Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, but in our hyper-distracted work world, it’s advice that we all need to hear.
In our book, Lead Yourself First, Ray Kethledge and I define solitude as a state of mind, a space in which to focus one’s own thoughts without distraction – and where the mind can work through a problem on its own.
The ability to focus is a competitive advantage in the world today.
If you don’t schedule and commit to solitude, something else will fill the space.
Acknowledge the ways that the internet lures you in, and then intervene by logging out of your social media accounts and blocking certain websites during work hours – especially the ones you use for a quick distraction “When you have 10 minutes to kill.”
Don’t let the tempo of work get in the way of good development opportunities.
Solitude gives you the space to reflect on where your time is best spent, which provides you with the clarity to decide which meetings you should stop attending, which committees you should step down from, and which invitations you should politely decline.
The volume of our communication, and our unfettered access to information and other people, have made it more difficult than ever to focus.

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Summary of “What I Care About Is Important. What You Care About Is a ‘Distraction.'”

On the left an argument continues over whether “Identity politics” – or what many of us call our basic rights – are a distraction from “Economic issues,” which are framed as more pressing.
Calling something a distraction tells us more about the person making the accusation than about the thing itself.
Everything is a distraction now, depending on your aims.
In the weirdly denatured language of the news media, August’s total solar eclipse was notable in large part as a potentially lethal distraction for drivers.
It’s a sign of the times that we can hardly agree on what constitutes a distraction and what constitutes stuff-that-matters.
It’s an even bigger, more garish sign of the times that the debate itself is being conducted in bad faith.
The way we use the word “Distraction” now seems like the mirror image of the problem it wants to name.
It’s a word we use to dismiss everything besides what we want to focus on, a habit that leaves us even more blinkered and blinded than the distracted person, who is at least open to chance.

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Summary of “It’s impossible to avoid distracting technology. Here’s how to make it work for you”

What purpose do they serve? And when we give in to distractions, how can we ensure they serve us well?
We may choose to focus on work while struggling to resist more interesting distractions.
In her book, SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully, Jane McGonigal, describes how distractions can be a powerful tool for reducing the impact of painful or negative experiences.
Research on how distractions can be used to control our urges and impulses show that certain games, like Tetris for example, can help reduce cravings for fatty foods and even addictive drugs.
Don’t distractions pull us away from our priorities? What about the many products and services, like video games and social media sites, designed to be so good we want to use them all the time? Sometimes we have trouble limiting their use and find ourselves sucked into distractions.
Whether personal technology distractions are a force for good, McGonigal explains, depends on why and how we use them.
Self-suppression is using distractions to avoid negative experiences; while self-expansion is using distractions to promote positive ones.
How can you tell if a distraction is good or bad for you? McGonigal suggests first asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If your response is to avoid a negative feeling such as “Because work is boring,” or “I don’t want to deal with anything right now,” the distraction may be self-suppressive.

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Summary of “Life Is a Video Game-Here Are the Cheat Codes”

HOW TO WIN AT LIFE. The goal of Life is simple: it is to Level Up as much as possible.
Each Level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.
Level 5 just means making sure your life mattered when you’re dead. Good luck with that champ.
This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own Life, when in fact, the purpose of Life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
A player, once they’ve found a Solution to a Level, must employ that Solution enough times to make it a Habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next Level.
Solutions move us towards the next Level, Distractions keep us on the same Level.
Since gaining Levels in Life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same Level.
Below are the five cheat codes to help you navigate your way through Life and reach the end fully satisfied and Leveled-Up. Entering these cheat codes is easy: just press Tab at the View Screen to access your Mind’s Eye.

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Summary of “The formula for winning at life is actually incredibly simple”

The goal of life is simple: it is to level up as much as possible.
Each level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.
Level 5 just means making sure your life mattered when you’re dead. Good luck with that champ.
This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own life, when in fact, the purpose of life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
A player, once they’ve found a solution to a level, must employ that solution enough times to make it a habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next level.
Solutions move us towards the next level, distractions keep us on the same level.
Since gaining levels in life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same level.
The formula for winning at the game of life is therefore actually incredibly simple: Correctly identify your solutions and distractions.

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