Staying focused while ignoring noise is a challenge for most people.
One of the most difficult everyday objectives to accomplish is to stay focused on one's current objective while being mindful of one's own grand objective.
Ignore the election. Discount your favorite team's latest victory or loss. Disregard the "Disneyland distraction of the news economy."
Ask yourself whether those external topics really matter if you are not able to achieve your own grand objective.
Focus on your objective after looking at your gameplan or script. Understand how one object connects to another while remembering that it is "duty before pleasure."