1. blinders A pair of leather flaps attached to a horse’s bridle to curtail side vision. Also called blinkers.
And what do these have to do with you? I believe they are a good illustration of an idea to decrease distraction in the work life. There’s so many of them, from the internet, to other jobs, and of course family and personal life. Obviously, it’s good to step away from your work sometimes, or to change the task you are working on to achieve some perspective. However, finding a way to achieve focus is equally important.
For me, the best way I’ve found to do this is to put on the aforementioned ‘blinders’. I create a space that has nothing in it but my work. My phone is in another room, I have no browser open, (Sometimes, on a particularly distraction-filled day, I have unplugged my internet cable as well!) and there’s no TV or other distractions. Then, I set a timer for the task I want to work on.
The timer helps address another problem I run into-I think too far ahead. While I’m working on one task, I will think about the 5 other things I want to do that day, and it’ll impair my efficiency on the current task. When I set a timer, I can turn any skip in my focus into how much time I’m working. I find that I focus better that way.
So if you need some help getting your focus lazer sharp, try putting some blinders on!