Updated: Jul 25
Are you struggling with focus?
Do you feel like your "to do" list is so jammed you don't know where to begin?
Do you find yourself starting a project, then moving on to the next, without completion of the last project?
WELLLLLL..... lets get FOCUSED!
Here are 15 tips to help yourself get focused.
1-Minimize Multitasking- Scientist have found that multitaskers are easily distracted and LESS EFFICIENT at tasks.
2-Meditate-By meditating, you're practicing focus, which studies show helps with concentration in other activities.
3-Exercise regularly- scientist think that regular exercise can help stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain that rewire memory circuits, improving function and enhancing focus capacity.
4-Make a to-do-list-To Do lists help you prioritize and tie up loose ends from unfinished work, which can keep you focused since we tend to remember incomplete more than completed work.
5-Try some Caffeine- Studies show that caffeine may, in moderate doses, help boost focus- particularly in those of us who are fatigued.
6-Take breaks-one study found that taking brief breaks from work can help you stay focused, whereas no break will make you lose focus.
7-Keep work at work-Apart from just giving your brain a break some research suggests that having downtime away from a problem could help you solve it.
8-Train your brain-some studies have found that people who are easily distracted will benefit from "brain training" exercises, like those promoted by Lumosity or Cogmed.
9-Find a quiet place- ambient noise can stimulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which can impair brain function and hinder focus.
10-Follow the 20-20-20-rule- after hours at a screen, your eyes get tired and cant focus. Reset them by staring at a distant object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 seconds.
11-Get a good nights sleep-getting a solid seven to eight hours ahead of a busy workday could be the difference between being frazzled and being laser-focused.
12-Work offline- every time you visit Facebook or check your inbox, experts think a bit of your attention remains with those tasks. So, minimize distractions by working offline sometimes.
13-Establish a favorite focus spot- according to a concept called ego depletion, we have a finite amount of mental energy, so don't waste it on choosing where to work.
14-Devote specific hours to tasks- like picking a consistent focus spot, designating "focus hours" also helps fend off ego depletion.
15- Embrace boredom- if you're used to needing multiple forms of stimulation while relaxing. It may have a negative impact on your ability to focus. Embrace doing nothing for a change.
I hope some of these simple steps help.
Feel free to reach out, if need be :)