Do you find yourself daydreaming at work or having trouble completing important tasks? Whether you're living with a condition that makes it more difficult to focus or you just have trouble concentrating from time to time, today's world is full of distractions. Recognize these five concentration killers that are sabotaging you.
Refreshing Facebook, tweeting, engaging in blogs, or browsing Pinterest walls are all minor habits we do but don't think twice about, however, having access to social media on the go, in work, and in school increases the potential for distractions. Perhaps something even more disruptive than Instagram or Facebook notifications is the ringtone or vibration from your phone. Put caller ID to good use and if the call is not urgent, let it go to voicemail. Consider silencing your phone and putting it in a bag where it's out of sight and you are less tempted to check it. Another tip is to limit or set specified times during the day to check your phone.
Multitasking may seem like you are getting more done in less time but the truth is you lose time whenever you shift your attention from one task to another. Whenever possible, devote your attention to one project at a time when working on an intense or high priority task. Save multitasking for chores that are not urgent or demanding.
We all agree that some tasks are more interesting than others. The boring ones may burn through your attention span in minutes leaving you vulnerable to distractions. Your phone, the internet, and even cleaning up your workspace can seem very tempting. Make a deal with yourself: If you stay on a task for a set period of time, you will earn a 10-minute break. Reward yourself with coffee, a snack, or a breath of fresh air. When you have something to look forward to boring tasks are easier to accomplish!
Worrying or Nagging Thoughts
Worrying or nagging thoughts can be a powerful distraction. Worrying about errands, housework, or even little encounters with others can make it hard to focus. To keep these thoughts from taking over your mind, write them down by making lists that need to be completed later and vent frustrations in a journal. Once these thoughts are on paper, you may be able to let them go for a while.
Even when you have few distractions, fatigue can make it difficult to concentrate. Little sleep can limit your attention span and short term memory. Instead of burning the midnight oil, make sleep a priority by giving yourself 7-9 hours of sleep a night. This will help you get more done during your waking hours. Also, pay attention to the time of day when you feel most alert then schedule your most intense tasks during that time.
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