It’s hard. The world is designed to distract you. Facebook is a research laboratory focussed on human distraction. They invest billions and are excellent at their work. When facebook slip up, hard on their tails come Apple, apps, youtube, caffeine, bored friends, problematic neighbours and general office bullshit.
Apps are designed to be as addictive as possible.
Assume you are dealing with crack cocaine. If you can see it, you will use it. If you can hear it, you will use it. Willpower is not going to get you through this.
How to Learn to Focus?
Use The Pomodoro Method. Here are the simplified instructions for following the Pomodoro method.
1 Countdown Timer (best is an old fashioned kitchen timer like my granny used to have.)
1. Pick a specific project you would like to work on. For example “Write a blog post on focus”.
2. Set a timer for 20 minutes
3. Work only on this project until the timer stops. Stop completely no matter where you are when you hear the timer. Mid sentence is excellent (it makes it easier to re-start this work later).
Count how many timers you can complete in a day. Read more