How to Avoid Distractions

Whether you are working from home or back in the office, distractions can occur anywhere. Following the lead of this Lifehack article, there are 10 tools and tips you can try to prevent distractions.

  1. Keep Your Vision and Goals in Mind
  2. Reduce the Chaos of Your Day by Focusing on 2 to 3 Important Tasks
  3. Do Those Tasks as Soon as Possible
  4. Focus on Only the Smallest Part of Your Work at a Time
  5. Visualize Yourself Working
  6. Control Your Internal Distractions
  7. Remove External Distractions
  8. Skip What You Don’t Know
  9. Improve Your Discipline With Focus Practice
  10. Manage Your Momentum

If any of these tips are confusing, read the article above to learn more.

Or, as this article from Real Simple explains, the key is to manage your attention, rather than your time. As the article quotes, “’when we say time management, it gives us the illusion that we actually have control over time, when in fact we have none—time marches on no matter what you do.’” Managing your attention involves shifting our understanding and strategies for motivation. 

You can do it!


Highlights of the Week

This week…

  • Feeding San Diego launched its annual Fuel for Summer campaign to ensure that children across San Diego County can access the nutrition they need to grow and thrive over the summer months. Watch the news story here.
  • A leading California-based organ donation charity is still on track for a record setting year. Read the article here.
  • A retired engineer designed a groundbreakingly affordable emergency ventilator. Its simplicity makes it even more useful for rural and developing countries. Read the story here.
  • Qualcomm Donated 900 Computers to San Diego Unified School District, helping to address the "connectivity divide" among students as distance-learning continues. Read about it here.

And today, June 19th, groups all around San Diego and the country are celebrating Juneteenth. Learn more about the holiday and events in San Diego here. Events include virtual performances, conversations, art displays, bonfires, healing circles, and more.

More good news can be found at the Good News Network, Upworthy, and Good News from Today. Have a safe weekend!


Methamphetamine Informational Resource Card

The Neighborhood Safety Workgroup, a subcommittee of the Meth Strike Force, recently developed a resource card with information on methamphetamine. The resource card covers a variety of topics including what meth is, the harms associated with the drug, information about drug overdose, and local and national resources.

The resource card is available for download here.

For more information and support, call 2-1-1.



Highlights of the Week

This past week…

  • The non-profit organization ElderHelp of San Diego boxed, bagged, and delivered food to 850 seniors who have felt isolated due to COVID and protests. Read the story here.
  • Another non-profit, Hugs and Bags, gave away 400 meals at San Diego Miramar College to help ease inequity among hungry families. Read more here.
  • SDG&E announced a multi-year giving campaign, called “Energy for Others,” to support communities in need, civic engagement, and social justice. Learn about the campaign.

There is more to look forward to this weekend. While the full San Diego County Fair may not be happening, you can still enjoy some of the food! Some stands have been approved outside the fairgrounds and in La Mesa. There is also a Virtual Photography show and Student Showcase. Find the locations and the links in the article here.

Have a nice weekend!


LGBTQ Resources

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to honor the Stonewall Riots that occurred at the end of June 1969. In June 2020 there is an intersectionality recognized between the LGBTQ+ movement and the movement for civil rights.

One great resource for the LGBTQ+ community is 2-1-1 San Diego. In 2-1-1 San Diego’s words, they “are passionately dedicated to breaking down all barriers to accessing health and community services throughout San Diego County.  Recognizing that the LGBTQ community often faces additional barriers to access, 2-1-1 San Diego has created this LGBTQ Community Resource focus page as tool to foster connections needed between service providers and individuals in need.”

2-1-1 links to partner agencies, support groups, spiritual and self-enrichment, health services, mental health services, legal services, alcohol or drug abuse services, housing/shelter, food and basic needs, public benefits, family resources, and laws and rights.

Find the resource page here: or call 2-1-1.