Distractions come in many shapes and sizes.Regardless, all distractions ruin your focus.For me, I could be sitting at my desk, immersed in my work, and then have my phone go off and completely ruin my focus.There are three main types of distractions:Phones, People, Our mindsI will give you some tips to help avoid distraction from each of these.PHONESOur phones are one of the biggest distractions.The are everywhere we go and designed to make us want to keep checking them.I read an article recently that said people check their phones, on average, 76 times a day! Talk about being distracted.Here are some tips to beat distraction by phone.1. Do Not DisturbPut your phone on silent and “Do Not Disturb” mode.This will stop your phone from making noise and vibrating when someone messages or calls you.Now, when people call you it will go straight to voicemail. This allows you to be able to call them back on your own time instead of letting the call distract you.Set your iPhone to Do Not Disturb by clicking the little half moon when you swipe up from the home screen. You’ll see the moon in the top right of your screen if you did it right.My phone is on Do Not Disturb mode all the time.But what if you want certain people to be able to call you?You can do that too!Just go on your iPhone to settings, then Do Not Disturb, then change “Allow calls from” to say favorites.Now, only a handful of people will be able to get calls through to you!2. Place your phone away from youNow you won’t have calls and texts distracting you, but you still may have the urge to check your phone.To combat this, place your phone away from you when you are doing work.This will make the phone harder to get to instead of somewhere easy to access, like on your desk, and will help you stay focused.If I’m working at home at my desk, I’ll throw my phone on the far side of the bed.If I’m at work, I’ll put the phone on the other side of my desk or in a drawer.In order to limit phone distractions, I did a 2-week social media experiment and saw some amazing results.PEOPLEPhones are a huge distraction, but so are people.Having someone interrupt you while working is just as bad though.When someone interrupts your work, it can take as much as 25 minutes to get your focus back.The tough part about people is that we don’t want to be mean. So here are my best tips.3. Tell them!Give people who may be distractions a warning that you’re about to be doing work.It really is that simple.Just tell the people around you that you are about to do some difficult work and would appreciate it if they gave you a little undisturbed time.Tell them about how long you will be working for and that you can talk to them right after.For example, you could go to your wife, “Hey baby, I’m about to go do some challenging work that requires a lot of focus. Do you need anything right now before I start? I’ll be working for about an hour and need to be able to focus so I’ll come talk to you right after. Does that work?”This way you are polite and get any potential distractions out the way early.4. Find a quiet placeSometimes there are people around you that you that don’t directly interrupt your work but may still be distracting.Try to find a place that is quiet or secluded so that you won’t have these distractions.Some people can work in a coffee shop, but I honestly find the other people to be too distracting.I prefer to work in an small office, a library, or just in my room!YOUR MINDThe other type of distraction comes from inside you…your mind.Think about the last time you were reading.Were you in the zone, taking in every word the author said? Or did you have to re-read several sentences, or even full pages?Sometimes our minds are going so fast that we have trouble focusing.Use these tips to help!5. Distraction listEven if our phones are away and people aren’t disturbing us, our minds can wander.It’s so easy to just open a new tab on the computer and look something up but this a huge distraction.In order to beat our minds, I started using something I call a “distraction list.”Basically, a distraction list is an ongoing list of all the things that I felt an urge to look up while working.As I’m sitting at my desk working, I’ll have a thought and want to open a new tab to go research it.However, instead of allowing myself to do that, I’ll just write down what it was I wanted to look up on this list.After a couple hours, I will have a decently long list of things that tried to distract me.Once I take a break from work, I can now look at the list to see which items are actually important things that I can go look up and which were not important at all.6. Pomodoro techniqueThe Pomodoro technique is widely talked about but perfect for beating distraction.This technique is basically giving yourself short mental burst of focus followed by a small rest.In order to do it, set a timer for 25 minutes. Then, decide the main task you are going to focus on for the whole length of the timer. Once you are ready, start the timer and begin working. Don’t let yourself stop doing what you’re doing for the whole time, regardless of any possible distractions.The goal is to completely focused on your task for the whole time. This allows you to get far more work done then if you just gave yourself all day to do it.If you did the other steps right, you shouldn’t have any other distractions that get in the way.Once the timer goes off, stop your work, give yourself a 5 minutes break. Then do another session.Do about 4 Pomodoro sessions before taking a longer 30 minute break.There you go.These are 6 strategies you can use that will help limit your distractions so that you can take on the world!!