How to Maintain FocusDec 06, 2021
It is hard to believe that people get through the day without feeling distracted. It feels like our minds are everywhere but what we're doing for most of us. If you're one of those people who can't seem to focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time, then this post will be beneficial. We'll share some tips and tricks for how you can maintain your focus so that you can accomplish more in less time.
Stay focused on what you have to do.
Maintaining focus is challenging, especially when too many distractions are around us, vying for our attention. There were only phone calls and chatty coworkers who could disturb you in the past. Now, there's also your cellphone with tons of applications that are guaranteed to give you fun while not finishing your work. Then, there are online distractions on websites unrelated to your work. Care to do some online shopping while doing work?
If you have made commitments and set goals in your life, you have to eliminate distractions so you can pour your full attention on what you need to do to achieve them. Getting distracted regularly will prevent you from finishing anything. You wouldn't be efficient, and you're wasting time if you keep on doing this. To help you achieve your goals, we listed some ways to maintain your ability to focus and thereby increase productivity.
1. Create a to-do list
It's hard to focus when you don't know where to put your energy and effort. To help you focus, create a to-do list and list all the tasks you have to do. First, create a separate list for long-term jobs, then create a list for daily tasks you have to do. After listing your duties, order them according to importance and deadlines. This way, you will know which task to prioritize first, thereby helping you focus on one task at hand.
2. Drink some coffee
Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning can help improve your focus. Caffeine is a primary component of coffee, and according to this article by coffeeandhealth.org, it can help improve our mental performance, particularly when we need to concentrate on doing something. However, this only applies if you take tiny doses of coffee. Drinking several cups of coffee a day can result in sleeping problems and dependency, especially if you regularly do it every day.
3. Don't multitask
People who multitask can look impressive by juggling many things at once. However, they can get easily distracted since their focus keeps on switching between multiple tasks. Also, doing two tasks or more simultaneously can make you more prone to errors and lead to lower quality work. Instead, it's better to keep staying focused on a certain task. It's easier to maintain focus if you're working on only one thing, and you wouldn't feel overwhelmed this way.
4. Take short breaks
No one can maintain their energy levels and stay focused continuously for a long time. Taking a break for a while can help you regain composure and feel good to tackle your job again later. You can set your rest periods at designated times, such as a 5-minute break after every hour of work. If your work involves sitting on a chair and doing work on a computer, try standing up after every hour and walking around and doing something else aside from staring at the full screen of a computer or a cellphone. Regularly taking a short break can help break feeling burned out from working too much.
5. Remove distractions
Distractions are everywhere, and they can derail us from doing our job. If your work area is a mess and there are objects scattered about, you can try decluttering and organizing your workspace, so it feels more conducive to work. It would be best to learn to discipline yourself not to fiddle with your cellphone too much during work. It will help if you know not to browse something else on your computer too much during work.
Then there's the presence of coworkers who talk with you during office hours. It's not wrong to speak with them, but if it often happens, your coworkers will become distractions, and each one of you will be affected. Instead, you can talk to each other and set a time when you can chat. Dedicate a time when all of you can focus on your job.
Eliminating distractions doesn't only involve physical things. There are also the things in your head that can distract you, such as problems in the house, unresolved conflicts with other people, financial situations, etc. These are things that can make us feel worried and anxious. They can spill over during work, hindering our productivity and concentration. If you find your mind often wandering while doing work, it's better to settle these things as soon as possible. Reinforce yourself with positivity to fight off the negative thoughts.
6. Stay in the present moment
We often can't focus because we keep worrying about things that have already happened or are yet to happen. We fantasize about what can go wrong or reminisce about our glory days in the past. But, you can do to live life well in the present moment. Avoid overthinking about the past or future and focus on what you are doing right now. By focusing on the present, you avoid distractions by concentrating on what you are currently doing. It takes practice to live in the present moment, but it's doable, and you can prevent your future worries if you take the necessary actions right now.
7. Check the temperature of your working environment
Having a good environment conducive to work can help us focus better. One of the things in our work environment that can affect our concentration levels is room temperature. When the temperature is too hot or cold, it can affect our attention span as we shiver or sweat from the room temperature. According to this article by Oxford Airconditioning, the sweet spot of temperature ideal for work is between 21 and 23 degrees Celsius. So if you have the option to alter the temperature of the area where you work, adjust it so you can focus better.
8. Listen to music
Some studies show that listening to music while working can help improve concentration and makes staying motivated easier. If you have never tried doing this before, you can give it a shot and see if you become better at making progress with what you are doing. It depends on whether listening to music can help your productivity or not. If it works for you, you can make it a habit to listen to music while getting things done better.
9. Get a good amount of sleep
Getting a good night's sleep is essential if you focus on your work daily. If you are constantly depriving yourself of getting enough sleep, it becomes more difficult for your brain to focus. Sleeping for seven to eight hours a day can significantly help.
Most people would find it hard to focus on one thing and keep it up for long. However, you may find your mind wandering now and then with all the distractions in place around you. If you want to get somewhere in life and achieve your goals, you need to focus. It takes practice and dedication to build your mental focus. It's also essential to recognize your distractions and learn how to control yourself. Over time, you will improve, leading to more accomplishments and happiness in life.