Magazine article Psychology Today

Distraction 101

Magazine article Psychology Today

Distraction 101

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THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL of the Internet and the call of the nearest party can make it insidiously difficult to get things done. Helpfully, researchers are studying the behaviors of people who manage these obstacles successfully on the way to the bottom of the checklist. -Matt Huston

1 Find your happy place. People with high levels of selfcontrol steer clear of tempting diversions rather than risk a last-minute slipup, research suggests. "You can nip a bad impulse in the bud by intervening earlier rather than later," says Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies goal achievement.

TIP Relocate to a café, the quiet corner of a library, the front of class-places that limit temptation and encourage focus.

2 Shield yourself. You can't always choose your surroundings, and if you're working on a computer, a world of distraction is just a click away. But you can still make strategic moves. A study led by doctoral student Michael Ent at Florida State University found that people who scored high on a self-control survey were more likely than others to choose a visually plain online test over one with appealing (but distracting) visuals. …

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