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How can you create a distraction-free environment?

In a world dominated by constant stimulation, escape from distractions may seem impossible, but taking steps to control sources of overstimulation can help restore your ability to focus.

SCIENCE SAYS:

The brain rewards you with dopamine, a "feel-good" hormone, just for seeking out distraction. But reducing the stimulations in your environment will expand the brain's attention span. Blocking out other stimuli, and focusing on a single task, helps generate true insights.

BEGIN BY:

  • Maintaining a workspace free of clutter and devices
  • Thinking strategically about how environment motivates you
  • Giving yourself regular brain breaks, clearing your mind of intentional thought
  • Exploring how different senses cause distractions, and looking for solutions (like trying earbuds to minimize distracting sounds, or changing the way you light your workspace)

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