Hey—we all know that it can actually be challenging to stay focused while performing creative and/or routine tasks.
But did you know that you can actually help yourself to improve your quality of focus?
As it turns out, you can.
And in this blog post, you’re going to learn 4 tips to help you do exactly that.
It’s time to start getting more accomplished with your day.
Let’s dive into it.
1. Get Away From Distractions
Distractions exist all around us.
To a point, we can’t escape from them.
With that being said, we can help ourselves by doing the best we can.
Try to be mindful of the things that tend to ‘pull you away’ from your work, and make a mental note to try to keep yourself away from those things.
This is one of the best things that you can do to help yourself focus.
2. Take Short Breaks
Research actually shows that for people engaging in creative work, and/or for people engaging in routine/repetitive tasks, taking microbreaks throughout the day can seriously help with focus.
The goal is to take short breaks (10 minutes or less) at regular intervals.
One break every hour can do the trick—though you may be able to stretch that time into taking one break every two hours to help you maximize your time.
3. Be Aware Of Things That Get In The Way
Are there some ‘common problems’ that tend to crop up while you’re trying to focus?
Maybe you’re finding that notifications on your phone, emails from corporate, or even distractions in your physical space frequently tend to pull you away from work.
To the best of your ability, you should try to minimize these distractions and ‘head off the problem’ before it starts.
Sometimes, you may not be able to completely prevent them. (For example, you can’t control what other people in the office are doing or saying.)
But you may be able to take measures to help you at least prevent as many of these distractions as possible by maintaining an awareness of them and trying to anticipate that they could cause you a problem.
Sometimes, just rebounding from the distractions as quickly as possible can do the trick and help you to be a lot more productive.
4. Prepare Yourself For Success
Try to show up for work fully prepared for success.
Make sure to get adequate sleep, and make sure that you’ve had a healthy, nutritious breakfast that’ll fuel your mind and body to start the day.
(A lot of people don’t realize that diet can play a huge role in how much ‘focus’ you’re able to generate for yourself throughout the day.)
For best results, you may also want to engage in some meditative exercises to help you stay as focused as possible while you work and strive to make your day a success.
Pretty much—the whole goal here is to just try your best to do everything that you can do to set yourself up for a day of focused achievement and productivity.