Improving your concentration and your focus is essential, no matter if you want to increase your productivity at work or you want to study more efficiently. However, this is easier said than done and if you do not want to rely on the countless pills and products that claim to improve your memory and your focus, then the following ways will surely come in handy for you:
1. Learn How And When To Relax
One of the most common causes why people are unable to concentrate is that they start their day already tired. Everybody should take some time to relax and simply empty their mind of all the worries and the problems that take their toll on all of us. Make sure you get enough sleep and that you use at least one relaxation technique, such as yoga. Yoga will not only help you sleep longer and better, but it will also help you relieve stress and look at the world with different eyes. Besides, you will start the day a lot fresher and more willing to work.
2. Have A Strict Schedule
Lack of organization and coordination are two other factors that affect your ability to focus, so make sure you properly organize and prioritize your tasks. The more organized you will be, the more efficiently you will track your progress. Besides, by tracking your progress you will also be more determined to end what you have started. For instance, you can establish to work until 1 pm, then take a one-hour break and then work until 5. Dose your time in such a way that you get all the job done and you will have some time for yourself – if there is an imbalance in your professional life, it will affect you entirely.
3. Don’t Multi-task
It is true that Napoleon was able to do many things at the same time, but this does not mean that we all can. As a matter of fact, most people fail to complete their tasks when they try to do two or more things at the same time, rather than focusing on just one. Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking is not time-effective – you may get the job done faster, but the chances are that there will be mistakes that need to be addressed later on, therefore time-effectiveness is out of the question.
Stop worrying about deadlines, and instead of stressing yourself or trying to handle more projects at once, you should start to prioritize your goals. Focus on the most important ones and postpones those that are not urgent. In the end, there is always tomorrow!
4. Identify Your “Concentration Killers” And Address Them
Identify all distractions like flashing lights or loud noises and address them, as they are real concentration killers that make you unable to focus on your project. Besides, if you do not address these matters, it will be a lot more difficult to fix them later on.
5. Give Yourself A Kick Start
Last, but not least, concentration is directly linked to energy – the more energy you have, the more likely you will be to concentrate on your projects. Eat right, exercise on a regular basis (as exercises will boost your serotonin levels in the brain, therefore making you feel better and more cheerful) and direct all your energy on the task or project that needs your attention. As simple as that!
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