Best 51 Quotes & Tweets on Distractions

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1

Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the internet.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

2

A difficult lesson to learn: Your most persistent distractions will seem justified to you.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

What looks like a talent gap is often a focus gap. The "all star" is often an average to above average performer who spends more time working on what is important and less time on distractions. The talent is staying focused.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

Before you throw more time at the problem, throw more focused action at the problem. You don’t need more time, you need fewer distractions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Highly focused people do not leave their options open. They make choices. If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Limitations are helpful if they limit distraction. Obstacles are useful if they obstruct the unnecessary.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

The first step to accepting yourself is to simply become comfortable being with yourself. There is a benefit to sitting in silence for a few moments each day. It's difficult to work through internal baggage when you are constantly receiving external stimuli.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

The most dangerous items on your to-do list are the ones that look like opportunities, but are actually distractions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

There are all kinds of cheat codes laying around, but they usually look boring. The cheat code is often the obvious thing. It's "the fundamentals" applied consistently and without distraction. There are many things people know work, but don't actually do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Great products are built by saying no 99% of the time. Great teams are built by saying no 99% of the time. Great portfolios are built by saying no 99% of the time.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it’s a distraction. Keep looking.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

The interruptions and resulting small chunks of time are why you need to work 60 hour weeks to get 35 hours of actual work done.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

Every day spent distracted by what we can’t control is a day we don’t spend on what we can.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

14

In life, drama is glamorized and used to usurp our attention. Advantages in life, however, are not based on drama but rather are the byproduct of doing mundane things every day really well without losing focus.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

15

Writing well is 5% ideas, 5% grammar, and 90% not being distracted by the Internet.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

16

My nights are sacred. Since I started working, I’ve reserved 2-3 nights per week for reading, learning, and thinking. It’s my time without distraction — to explore the wonderful world of ideas. This habit has absolutely changed my life. The benefits keep compounding.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

17

Blogs are free. Podcasts are free. YouTube videos are free. Avoiding distraction is the hard part. The knowledge you need is right at your fingertips. And it’s free.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

18

Don't try to change "the world." Change your world. Your community's world. The worlds of your loved ones. "The world" can be a distraction.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Less sitting Less doing Less screen time Less consuming Less artificial light Less bubble Less distractions More walking More thinking More paper time More absorbing More sun light More perspectives More focus

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

20

Distract yourself from rejection with another rejection.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

Don't get distracted by the internet. Boom. That's 90% of what you need to know about how to be more productive.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

22

School didn’t teach you how to write online. Here’s how writing online is different from what you learned. in school. 1. Distractions are everywhere: 90% of writing well is not getting distracted by the Internet. Put your phone away. Turn off the Internet. Focus on the words.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

23

Lots of people get stuck waiting for permission they don’t need.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

24

90% of writing well is not being distracted by the Internet when you sit down at your computer.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

When creating and posting content, keep in mind that your audience is probably: • Distracted • Looking to be entertained • Not looking for branded content • Consuming it on their mobile device • Scrolling past your content if it doesn’t immediately grab their attention

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

26

Life is a series of distractions from existential dread.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

27

The best productivity tips are the simple ones: - Eliminate distractions - Create a routine and stick to it - Make a checklist at the start of the day - Break big tasks down into small parts - Set firm deadlines Fancy apps are a distraction. Nail the basics first.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

28

Don’t get so caught up in learning that it slows down your doing.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

29

School didn’t teach you how to write online. Here’s how writing online is different from what you learned in school. 1. Distractions are everywhere: 90% of writing well is not getting distracted by the Internet. Put your phone away. Turn off the Internet. Focus. Focus. Focus.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

Distraction is a liability. Focus is an asset. When you're distracted, someone else gets paid. When you're focused, you do.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

31

Too often we spend our day responding to what is urgent instead of pursuing what is important. Proceed with purpose.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

Distraction compounds.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

33

Tough lesson to learn: The anxiety of worry is almost always worse than the actual consequences. Stop worrying and start doing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

34

Professionals stick to the schedule. Amateurs let life get in the way.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

Being distracted by the Internet stops more writers from putting words on the page than anything else

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

Knowledge Work 101: People over-estimate what they can accomplish with ten hours of distracted work and under-estimate what they can accomplish with two hours of undistracted work. Focus is everything.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

Unpopular opinion: Video conferencing is more productive than meeting in-person. Easier to stay on topic. Harder to get distracted.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

38

In a world full of distractions, learning how to become un-distractible will be a superpower

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

Observation: The people who do valuable work often have a remarkable willingness to say no to distractions and focus on one thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

40

We’re held back by what we think is true, not what is true.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

41

The cost of distraction increases exponentially.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

42

If you don’t know what you should be working on, everything is a distraction

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

43

The simpler the plan, the harder it is to stick to.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

44

In an age of constant distraction and shiny objects, focus is a superpower. ⚡️

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

45

You want to find your voice? Shut out everyone else’s.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

46

Freedom is monetizing distraction.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

47

Busy doesn't equal important and urgent isn't the same as necessary. Filter out the fluff and focus on what matters.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

48

The internet amplifies upside and downside. Infinite potential, or infinite distraction.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

49

People will distract you, if you let them.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

50

Most people can only write for 90 minutes per day. Those minutes are sacred — hide your phone, cut the distractions, and turn off the Internet if you need to. If you want to write more, you don’t need to spend more time writing. You need to be more focused when you write.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell