Ever wondered why you sit at your desk or at your workstation at home and you say to yourself “let me get this done”. After working for a couple of minutes, it gets boring and you just can’t stay focused on the work at hand. Something pops up in your head so pay a short visit to facebook to catch up with friends, then messages enter and you check, you play candy crush or even do a video call and by the time you take a look at the time, the day is gone.
If the scene described above fits you or your schedule, then you might have been suffering from loss of focus and distractions. But if you can try to focus on this article then all hope isn’t lost. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your level of focus and avoid distractions.
Keep your vision/goals in mind
First things first, why do you even need to focus? Do you want to become a skilled guitar player? Do you want to write a novel? Do you want to start working from home? Think about it. Knowing why we need to stay focused can help us push through the tough parts of accomplishing our goals. That’s when our ability to focus is really tested and when it’s most needed.
Some of the biggest sources of distraction come from email, social media, and cell phones. If you want real focus, take yourself off-line until you’ve accomplished what you need to do.
Tune it out
One of the best ways to tune everything out is to tune in to music. When everything around you is distracting, put on your headphones–find something that can serve as background music rather than music that holds your full attention. Music can help you concentrate, and the headphones signal others that you’re not available to chat.
Break it down
Especially when distractions are high, make tasks smaller and break down your large projects into smaller tasks to help you concentrate and give you a sense of accomplishment and progress.
Set a deadline
If you’re working on a complex task, it takes an average of 90 minutes to accomplish anything worthwhile–and about 30 minutes just to get your mind on the task. Once you are in the flow, set a concentrated period of time and when the time runs out, stop. It’s easier to stay focused when you have an end in sight.