The Problem: When you’re finally getting things done, the last thing you need is to be interrupted.
The Trick: Create a list of the ways you typically get interrupted. Examples might be a phone ringing or someone sending you an instant message. When you’re trying to focus, go through the list turning off anything that could distract you.
The Secret: Avoiding distractions is easier than ignoring them when they happen.
How it works: When the phone rings it’s hard not to look at who’s calling. That often changes your focus to who’s calling, why they might be calling and whether or not you should answer the phone.
If the phone can’t ring, it can’t distract you. Later when you’re finished working, turn on the ringer and check for messages.