The Productive Entrepreneur How to Overcome Distractions

Here are the most common distractions that can keep you from being productive. Along with each distraction is a suggested set of solutions to help you overcome the distractions and be more productive.

Distraction: Social Media


● Use an app like “Rescue Time” to physically limit how much you can be on social media.

● Delete social media apps from your phone.

● Turn off all social media notifications.

● Set a social media schedule and only allow yourself to use social media during the allotted times.

Distraction: Email


● Avoid responding to email first thing in the morning.

● Only open your inbox at specified times of the day.

● Turn off all email notifications on your phone and computer.

● Create an auto-response that tells others you’re only able to respond to email on particular days of the week and then stick to that schedule.

Distraction: Messenger, Skype, Facebook, Instagram


● Turn off all notifications on your phone.

● Close apps and only respond to messages at pre-specified times.

● Snooze notifications on desktop versions of the chat app.

Distraction: Text messages


● Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

● Disable text notifications on your phone.

● Disable text notifications on your smartwatch and laptop.

● Only respond to text messages during specific times of the day.

Distraction: Phone calls


● Put your phone in a drawer and only take it out at specified times.

● Respond to voicemails at the end of the day after you’ve done your most productive work.

● Put your phone on silent mode during your focused periods.

● Disable notifications on your smartwatch and computer.

Distraction: People interrupting you


● Close your office door.

● Put on headphones.

● When someone asks for a minute of your time, ask if you can catch them at a later, specified time.

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