How to Avoid Feeling Scattered By Your Daily Demands

5 Things You Can Do to Refocus and Be More Effective

Our daily demands can easily result in us feeling scattered, which can affect our mental and emotional states.

Unless we manage ourselves well, it can have some significant effects, which also could have some long-term implications.

What Does Feeling Scattered Mean?

Feeling scattered is very similar to feeling frazzled, unfocused, distracted and overwhelmed. Whenever we’re feeling scattered, it’s difficult for us to be present or focus on what we’re doing in the moment.

What tends to happen as a consequence of feeling scattered is that we:

  • Aren’t as productive as we can be.
  • Take longer to get things done.
  • Don’t have a healthy attitude.
  • Aren’t as happy as we’d like to be.

Reasons For Feeling Scattered

Some of the reasons why we feel scattered includes:

  • Having conflicting priorities.
  • Not having a plan to follow.
  • Lack of clarity on what needs to be done.
  • Having more to do than we can cope with.

The better we can deal with the times when we’re feeling scattered, the quicker we’ll be able to refocus. This will allow us to get back to being as productive as we can.

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5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Feeling Scattered

As we cope with our daily demands, it’s not uncommon to feel scattered at times. The better awareness we have on what we can do, the quicker we’ll be overcome it.

Here are five things we can do to prevent ourselves from feeling scattered and be more focused and effective.

  1. Observe your emotions without resisting them. It can be tempting to try and fight or resist any feelings of being scattered. The more we resist those emotions, the more power they’ll tend to have. A better alternative is to acknowledge them and allow them to pass right through us. We can apply different releasing techniques to let those emotions pass through us.
  2. Stop and assess what you’re currently doing. We tend to get into a habit of continually doing things without pausing and evaluating what we’re doing. By allowing ourselves to stop, we have a better idea of what we should or shouldn’t be doing. We should get into the habit of questioning why we’re doing the things we are and what we stand to gain.
  3. Create a workable plan. Sometimes we try and do too much without giving consideration to all our priorities. As we create a plan, we have to identify what we can stop doing, what we can defer or what we can delegate. This is about managing our workload and priorities better, without causing us to feel overloaded and overwhelmed.
  4. Take time out to do something different. If we keep doing the same things over and over again, we tend to get into a rut. We need variety or novelty to keep ourselves mentally engaged and stimulated. Spending time on our hobbies or our passions can be helpful. This is because we’ll give ourselves a mental break from what we’ve been doing, which will make it easier to re-engage in what we need to do.
  5. Do one thing at a time. If we start thinking about everything we want or have to do, it can be easy to feel scattered. The reality is we can only do one thing at a time. A simple productivity technique is to prioritise what we need to do and do the most important thing first. We only give thought to the next thing once we have completed the first thing.


As we learn to better manage our emotional state, we’ll feel less scattered and more focused. If we do, we’ll be more effective, which means we’ll be doing our best work.

If we allow ourselves to feel scattered for any extended period of time, chances are we won’t be as focused and productive as we can be and take a lot longer to get things done.

Action Step: Assess how you have coped with your current demands in recent weeks. If you’ve felt scattered or are currently feeling scattered, apply some of the ideas mentioned to manage it better.

Question: What are other things we can do to avoid feeling scattered?

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