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  • Writer's pictureCassandra Martin-Himmons

3 Reasons Why You Should Work In Short Bursts If You’re Easily Distracted

Are the things that distract you the most big or small?

Ultimately, I guess it doesn’t matter; just the fact that you get distracted is what really matters. But what can you do? One thing that you can try is working in short bursts of productivity instead of trying to complete your project all at once.

Take it from me, as someone who can be easily distracted at times, the short burst work method is a huge benefit to making progress when you really need to get things done. It helps you to manage the inevitable stress that comes from not getting things accomplished.

Read on for 3 reasons why you should put the short burst method into your productivity toolbox.

Short Periods = Easier To Resist Distractions

When you’re working on something and you’re trying to get in the zone, it gets harder and harder to resist distractions, the longer that time progresses. When you only need to resist distractions for 10-20 minutes, you won't feel the pressure from the distraction as strongly as you would when trying to resist it for a longer period.

Think about it this way, when your phone lights up with a text, which one is easier, waiting 10 minutes to answer it, or waiting three hours? Sitting and wondering who is texting and what the text is about is much, much easier for ten minutes.

Breaks Help You Focus

Now this tip might seem odd, but bear with me. If you’re easily distracted, consider taking more breaks. But studies have shown that our brains need frequent breaks to maintain creativity and keep the mind focused!

Using the short burst method of working is quite similar to the Pomodoro method. You take a break every 20 or so minutes for a few minutes at a time. This helps clear your mind of distractions and gives you the space to address things that may pull your mind away from you’re working on. Once your break is up, you'll be able to go back to your task with a renewed sense of focus.

Dance Break Anyone?

As humans, we’re meant to move. Being active is a great way to keep yourself away from the distractions. With the short burst method of working, you have to take breaks so you have the time to get up and move your body frequently while you work.

So if you’re gonna move, make it really count! Put on your favorite tune and dance, dance, dance! Moving around during your breaks will help you to be able to sit still more effectively when you go back to work and keep your brain on task even when distractions present themselves.

Learning to resist the temptation of frequent distractions can be difficult. But with the short burst work method, you’ll find yourself staying on task even if you are easily distracted. The short burst work method makes it much easier to resist annoying distractions and helps you keep your focus. It's all about Making Time.

Let’s talk, what are the things that distract you the most when you’re trying to work? Let me know in the comments section.


Cassandra Martin-Himmons is a facilitator, stress management coach and author of “Yes I’m Grateful,” a gratitude journal. She believes in empowering her clients to help them manage their stress and increase self-care. In her spare time, she enjoys papercrafting, volunteering and travel. Connect with her on Instagram or LinkedIn

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