Focus better in 5 steps

Focus better in 5 steps

Our minds are always running. We zone out in class, we play on our phones while watching Netflix, we talk on the phone while we drive. It seems nearly impossible to sit down and do one thing at a time without having our thoughts go off in another direction. Being all over the place isn’t always a good thing, though. Instead of suffering because we can’t seem to concentrate, we should learn to focus our minds on one single thing. Here are some steps one could take to do that.

 

(Flickr/Michael Dales)

(Flickr/Michael Dales)

Don’t multitask

Try your best to do one thing at a time. Rather than trying to complete a bunch of different tasks at once, divide up your time and focus on each task individually. This will help you put more effort into your work because your mind will only be consumed by one thing at a time.

 

Make a schedule

Set specific times for work and specific times to fool around. Make sure you follow that schedule every day. Once you get into the routine, it will be second nature to pull out your work when the clock rolls around to that time.

 

Organize

Keep track of your tasks and deadlines Mark it on a calendar, a planner, or a to-do list, and put it somewhere you will see it all the time. The more you see it waiting to be done, the more you will want to do it so it is no longer another thing hanging over your head.

 

Designate a no-electronics space

Make sure your work space is free of electronics. Never bring your phone or laptop to your workspace. If you work on your laptop, you can set it so it blocks off certain websites at certain times so you can stay focused on your work instead of roaming the internet.

 

Motivate yourself

If you are having a hard time concentrating because you lack motivation, try to change that around. Remind yourself why you are doing the work you are doing. Knowing your end goal and watching yourself progress towards that goal can be excellent motivation to keep working hard.

 

Though it may feel difficult to do, you can retrain your brain to not get distracted and focus on your work. Keep yourself organized, set your goals, and maintain your schedule and you will be on your way to a more distraction-free life.

 

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