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70 Distraction Quotes That Remind You the Importance of Focus

Written by Leon Ho
Founder & CEO of Lifehack

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Ever been in the middle of an important task, a deep conversation, or a captivating book, when the ping of your phone pulls you out of the moment? It’s a common experience for many of us in this digital age – our focus, no matter how deep, is constantly interrupted by the influx of emails, texts, and notifications. If you’ve found yourself struggling to concentrate or losing track of your thoughts because of distractions, you’re certainly not alone.

But have you ever wondered about the cost of these constant interruptions?

In 2005, Dr Glenn Wilson from London’s Institute of Psychiatry conducted a study that reveals the alarming effect distractions can have on our cognitive function.[1]

Dr. Wilson found that persistent interruptions and distractions at work resulted in a 10-point drop in IQ, an effect that’s twice as profound as those found in studies on the impact of smoking marijuana. You might think it’s just a minor distraction, a fleeting diversion, but the numbers speak for themselves.

Even more startling is the compulsion we feel to address these distractions immediately. Over half of the 1,100 participants in the study confessed that they always responded to an email immediately or as soon as possible. 21% even admitted they would interrupt a meeting to address an email. It seems that our desire for constant connection and instant response has the same effect as the loss of a night’s sleep.

Distractions aren’t just an annoyance; they’re a significant drain on our mental resources. I’ve gathered a selection of distraction quotes to help you combat this pervasive issue.

70 Distraction Quotes That Are Full of Wisdom

The following distraction quotes serve as poignant reminders of the importance of maintaining focus and their insights can help you reclaim your focus.

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  1. “The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time.” – Mozart

  2. “Most of what we say and do is not essential…Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?'” – Marcus Aurelius

  3. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

  4. “In the age of distraction, single-tasking is a superpower.” – Greg McKeown

  5. “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” – Bill Russell

  6. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy

  7. “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James

  8. “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power.” – Tony Robbins

  9. “The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business – or almost anywhere else for that matter.” – Lee Iacocca

  10. “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas

  11. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

  12. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

  13. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

  14. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

  15. “Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.” – Robin Sharma

  16. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta

  17. “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” – Winston Churchill

  18. “Your life is controlled by what you focus on.” – Tony Robbins

  19. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

  20. “To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publilius Syrus

  21. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” – Steve Jobs

  22. “Energy flows where attention goes.” – Tony Robbins

  23. “Where your attention goes, your time goes.” – Idowu Koyenikan

  24. “My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now.” – Byron Katie

  25. “Do whatever you do intensely.” – Robert Henri

  26. “Distractions destroy action. If it’s not moving towards your purpose, leave it alone.” – Jermaine Riley

  27. “Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster.” – Joel Osteen

  28. “Just focus on one thing at a time.” – Matthew McConaughey

  29. “I learned to focus and work hard and not give up. I learned that every obstacle is really an opportunity.” – Jenna Ushkowitz

  30. “The direction of your focus is the direction your life will move. Let yourself move towards what is good, valuable, strong and true.” – Ralph Marston

  31. “What you focus on expands. Focus on the positive.” – Lily Tomlin

  32. “There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” – Wayne Dyer

  33. “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” – Zig Ziglar

  34. “Focusing on one thing and doing it really, really well can get you very far.” – Kevin Systrom

  35. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T. Bennett

  36. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

  37. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next.” – Denis Waitley

  38. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda

  39. “Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” – Daniel Goleman

  40. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

  41. “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” – H. L. Hunt

  42. “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” – Zen Proverb

  43. “The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.” – Robert J. Shiller

  44. “Concentration is the secret of strength.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha

  46. “In the digital age, distraction has become a way of life – we’re always multitasking, constantly checking our phones, and juggling a million balls in the air. But this is no way to live. If we’re always looking for the next thing, we’ll never enjoy what we have now.” – Dan Sullivan

  47. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

  48. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” – Leonardo da Vinci

  49. “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Robert Kiyosaki

  50. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

  51. “Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real.” – Sara Paddison

  52. “When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.” – Norman Vincent Peale

  53. “Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” – Tony Robbins

  54. “What you choose today will determine who you are tomorrow.” – Tim Fargo

  55. “Maintain your focus. Drive. Don’t lose sight of the things you love.” – Ventus B. Carudo

  56. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

  57. “The ability to resist distraction or withstand urges to perform actions that offer immediate rewards and instead persist with behavior aimed at long-term goals…is the key to success in life.” – Martin E.P. Seligman

  58. “Distraction is a killer of dreams, goals and the ultimate life one desires.” – E’yen A. Gardner

  59. “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee

  60. “Juggling is an illusion. … In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. … It is actually task switching.” – Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary

  61. “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” – John Maeda

  62. “It’s about less distraction and more connection.” – Dave Bruno

  63. “There is only one timeline. There is only one you.” – Dave Crenshaw, The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done

  64. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

  65. “Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself.” – Marilyn vos Savant

  66. “You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen

  67. “What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.” – Susan Cain

  68. “The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.” – John C. Maxwell

  69. “The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” – Confucius

  70. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris

Final Thoughts

We’re living in a noisy world. Distractions buzz around us like bees to a hive, and all too often, we find ourselves becoming the honey. But as these wise words from some of the greatest thinkers and achievers show, it doesn’t have to be that way.

These 70 powerful quotes aren’t just a good read. They are a call to action. A call to quiet the noise, to turn down the volume on distractions and turn up the dial on focus.

Remember, every distraction is a choice, and so is every moment of focus. If your choice is to be focused, to be productive, and to make strides toward your goals, then these quotes are your roadmap.

Read them. Digest them. Most importantly, let them inspire action.

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