Before trying to improve focus, it’s a really good idea to assess where you are with your mental focus in the here and now. How strong is your mental focus in the present moment?
Do you agree with the following set of statements?
- You find it easy to stay alert
- You set goals and break tasks up into smaller parts
- You take small breaks, then get back to work.
Or do you agree more with the following set of statements?
- You daydream regularly
- You can’t tune out distractions
- You lose track of your progress
- Productivity is low and an arduous activity
If the first set of statements seems more your style, then you probably already have fairly good concentration skills, but you could be even stronger with a little practice.
If you identify more with the second set of statements, then you probably need to work on your mental focus quite a bit. It might take some time, but practicing some good habits and being mindful of your distractibility can help.
Once you have this starting point it’s more easy to carve a way forwards and improve what you do have. There are lots of ways of improving focus, which I will cover in a later blog, but here is a snapshot of things that can boost that all time productivity:
- Get rid of distractions
- Practice the Pomodoro technique
- Put a lock on social media
- Fuel your body with the right nutrition
- Get enough sleep, regularly!
- Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal
- Be more mindful
- Make a to-do list
- Focus on similar tasks
- Stay hydrated
- Take small, regular breaks
- Create a schedule
- Live in the moment
- Reward yourself
- Take a nap
- Isolate yourself