Anyone looking to maximize their productivity, achieve goals, and advance their career must learn how to focus their attention and eliminate distractions. The digital media era has made it more difficult to focus on the task at hand. Many assume multitasking and the constant digital chatter is a desirable part of the new workplace. But, learning to direct your attention amongst the endless chatter in our lives is crucial to success.
There are many different strategies that can help minimize distractions, decrease stress, and improve focus. Not all work for everyone, but here are 6 proven strategies that may work for you.
1. Stop Multi tasking
According to Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder of the Center for Brain Health and author of the new book Make Your Brain Smarter, the idea that multitasking makes you more productive is a myth. “The brain science is clear,” she says. “People who are multitaskers are breaking down their brain, increasing the stress hormone cortisol. When you’re trying to do two tasks at once, every level of performance is lowered. If you do one thing at a time, you increase brainpower and energy. It wasn’t wired to do two things at once. We’re toggling between tasks so we’re using more energy than if we were doing one thing.”
2. Make Lists
Making lists isn’t just for the scatterbrained among us. At any given moment, our busy minds are buzzing with ideas, plans, to-do’s, and an endless assortment of things you don’t want to forget. Lists are critical in keeping everything accounted for.
For some people, writing everything down is a great way to objectively analyze things so you can prioritize your day. Being able to schedule things well, delegate things to other people, and figure out the best use of your time will keep your day focused and productive.
While there are often conflicting scientific studies about many things, you won’t find much disagreement about this: the benefits of exercise—physically, mentally and emotionally—are innumerable.
A study published in the British Medical Journal confirms exercise’s benefits. According to the study, short 10 to 40-minute sessions of exercise resulted in an improvement in mental concentration and focus: even a quick walk can have major benefits on your focus, productivity, and general well-being. If a focused mindset is a goal for you, it’s time to get moving.
“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” says Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in Manhattan. “It takes much less time to get and stay organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”
Whether or not you are particularly attuned to the mess inhabiting your life, clutter will still have a noticeable effect on your concentration. Researchers with the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discovered that having too much clutter decreases the brain’s capacity for focusing and processing information. Your brain becomes overly distracted by the mass amounts of clutter threatening to swallow you whole, and it renders you unable to accomplish much.
A tidy desktop is your best bet to get off on the right foot every day at work. Work habits are reflected by the environments we work in; a clean office is most supportive of a productive workflow.
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