In this world filled with technology, smart gadgets, and instant communication, it’s tougher than ever to stay focused on the tasks at hand. It’s only human to get side tracked. That’s why I want to share some of the things that I do to stay focused. These tips will keep your mind on track while you’re at work or school, and make you much more productive and successful.
People in their 20’s tend to have less of an attention span, possibly because that generation has had all the technology experience. Men have it even worse than women, research suggests, when it comes to attention span. It’s no secret that having a job that you like helps. Here are some other tips to keep you focused:
Unplug Yourself – When I say this I don’t literally mean turn off the power of your computer. You probably need that to do your work. What I mean is try working offline. Unplugging yourself from the internet will eliminate the possibility of Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter distracting you from your work.
Turning off your cell phone is another way to unplug yourself. It’s not like you have to do it for the whole day. Just for the time frame when you’re really in the zone.
Work In Blocks Of Time – After 60 to 90 minutes your brain’s alertness tends to drop off. Think of the brain as a muscle. After exercising it for a period of time it gets tired as well. Get as much work done in 60 minutes or so, and then take a break. Stand up and do some simple exercises to get your blood flowing again.
Eat A Good Breakfast– Studies show that eating breakfast can help increase attention span and give you long lasting energy. Not to mention, it puts your metabolism in high gear for the rest of the day. Try making some scrambled eggs or this yogurt and blueberry snack.
Make The Technology Work For You – Some people work better with some white noise, light music, or with headphones in. Try it out and see if it helps you block out the world.
Reward Yourself– Force yourself to get a certain amount of work or reading done before getting up and getting a snack, or checking your facebook page. Everyone needs a little positive reinforcement. It works on yourself too.
Get Rid Of Clutter– Having a clear workspace can get rid of distractions. Only have out what you really need to be working with. Get all other objects out of sight that you might be tempted to fiddle with.
Take A Dose Of Caffeine– Too much caffeine can be a bad thing, but a little bit won’t hurt. If it can motivate you to hit the gym it can definitely help you crank out a paper. Find out 5 other benefits of drinking coffee.
Set Goals– That might sound cliche, but seriously, writing down what you want to get done that day will make you want to get it done more. It’s almost like challenging yourself to see if you can do it.
Search And Destroy– When worse comes to worst, sit down and have a self talk. What is it that really distracts you the most? Being hungry, tired, or curious about friends on Instagram could all be culprits. Whatever it is, be honest with yourself about the problem and eliminate it.
Keeping your mind on track while you’re at work or school is not easy these days. There are so many distractions that will easily have you piddling around all day accomplishing nothing. Use these tips to stay on track, and leave a comment below to let us know how it worked. If I forgot to mention something that works for you then throw it out there. I’d love to hear from you! If you liked this article shout it out on facebook.