We live in a very distracted world where we are bombarded by information most of our waking hours. Our minds struggle to focus on one thing before it wanders off to the next thing you should be doing or is distracted by a beep from your smart-phone leading your attention elsewhere. Every time we have to switch our attention from a particular task and then back again, our concentration levels drop dramatically until we feel tired and unmotivated. Chances are you won’t even read the end of this short blog because you feel the need to check, or do something else, but please do, as you could learn some great techniques to stop the constant hijacking of your attention systems and stay focused on one thing at a time (like reading this blog). Well done for sticking by me! Here are three great tips to keep you focussed and train your attention muscle:
- Catch it and park it- the first step to train your attention systems better is to catch it when it wanders off. Let’s say your working on a project and you get a thought pop into your head about someone you forget to email yesterday, so you open your inbox and then you see some responses which then direct your attention elsewhere, then that leads to opening a document and before you know it you’ve got 12 tabs open and your attention is far from the original project you were working on. Distracted!!
- Mini-Meditation breaks– when you start to feel yourself getting distracted, losing focus and feeling a bit stressed, it’s probably a good time to have a short renewal break instead of trying to charge through your work in a reactive manner sipping on more caffeine to get you through.
- Switch it off, put it away- this might sound obvious but the most important thing to help you deal with distractions is to not have them in front of you. Many of us have our phones near us all the time, we have pop-up notifications on our computer, and we have reminders and beepers all around us constantly buzzing us into a distracted state.