So what do you do instead?

Simple – you ensure that what you need to focus on is genuinely fascinating and engaging. To do this, you just have to find something that truly motivates you and that drives you. If you manage to find something that really matters to you then you will have intrinsic motivation without even trying. In other words, your brain will produce the reward hormone (dopamine) automatically bringing your focus strongly to what you’re doing.

Basically, when you struggle to stop looking at Facebook, it’s because your brain finds Facebook more rewarding and more salient than what you’re currently doing. The same goes for Candy Crush Saga or for YouTube videos of cats. After all – these things are all designed to be highly rewarding and almost addictive. But if your job is more fascinating and more interesting than Candy Crush then you won’t be tempted to bring it out of your pocket.

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