How to Eliminate Distractions While Reading

Have you ever struggled to focus on reading (even if it’s your favorite author!) because you’re too distracted?

Unfortunately for us, having so much technology around has its downsides. When we’re always able to reach for our phone, we’re less likely to reach for a book.

Although zoning out while watching Netflix can be fun, it definitely isn’t as fulfilling as actually reading. Below are a few steps that you can follow to eliminate distractions while reading and thus better focus on the books that you love.

1) Get your phone out of sight and out of mind

Smartphones are probably the biggest distraction when it comes to reading. The best way for me to focus on reading is to leave my phone out of reach.

If I’m sitting on the sofa, I’ll leave my phone at my desk where I can’t reach it. If you have to get up to check your phone, then you can’t just reach for it on impulse.

I also find that putting my phone in Do Not Disturb mode helps because then I know that I won’t be interrupted by any notifications.

2) Put in headphones even if you’re not listening to music

Okay, this is a bit of a weird one.

But have you ever sat down to read only to get interrupted by people around you?

People starting a conversation, or worse, wanting you to get up and help them with something, can be a huge barrier to reading better.

If you put in your headphones without any music playing, it signals to others that you are focusing on something. Whether you’re at home with your family or in a public space, it is one additional barrier for people who are considering if they are going to interrupt you.

And if they do try to interrupt you, then you can always pretend that you had music playing the whole time.

3) Take a moment to sit in silence

Before you start reading, it helps to take a moment to reflect on what you are hoping to gain from the experience.

Even when we want to read, our brains tend to convince us that we want something else. Whether that something is Instagram, a snack, that pile of unopened emails – you name it.

Clearing your head for a minute is a psychological game changer because it helps remind your brain that you want to read. If you reflect on why you’re grateful for reading and the book that’s in front of you, it helps reprogram your brain out of distraction mode.


Which of these tips is your favorite? I would love to hear in the comments section about other ways that you have eliminated distractions and better focused on reading!

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