How can you reduce the noise and get some work done?

By The Stoic Strength Coach 

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Cutting out the noise, but how? It is all around us from the minute we pick up the blue light in the early morning to the billboards on the bus as we travel. How can you reduce it if you are trying to get some work done and wanting to be productive?

We now live in a world where everyone and everything wants our attention

We now live in a world where everyone and everything wants our attention or focus, and here is a little post on how to combat that and help you get away from it all. But before we get to that, it is crucial to identify what is essential. In his book Essentialism, Greg McKeown discussed this in detail, with the key message being to cut out what is unnecessary and make time for the essential.

Now back to my top tips on reducing the noise if you are trying to get productive!

  1. Turning on Focus Mode – Yes, it’s simple, but just putting your devices on focus mode while you work is a significant win. I find it very useful as it steers me away from looking at the blue screen on my phone during my ‘deep work’ time (a term coined by Cal Newport in his excellent book). 
  2. Pomodoro technique – The Pomodoro technique is pretty simple; you work for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break and repeat. That is considered a block, and after you have completed 4 blocks, you take a more extended break of 15-30 minutes. You do not have to stick to these times as for me. I find a 30 working set more beneficial as I feel 25 minutes is too short. You need to play around with the timings to find out what suits you, but it is a great little tool to have in the locker. 
  3. Study Music – By googling music and study, you get so much information about its benefits, so I will not go into it that much, but what I can say is make sure you are choosing the same type of music when you do study and not music you would listen to if you were relaxing. Listening to a specific kind of music when I study helps me switch on quicker. My preference is 80’s synthwave, but many options exist.

So there you have it, 3 simple tips that can help you reduce some noise so you can crack on and get decent work done!

Let me know in the comments if you have other tips and tricks!

Stay Stoic, Michael


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