Stay on task: 5 ways to help you keep your attention.

Stay focused

Stay focused

Do you find your mind easily wandering? Is it hard to stay focused on your tasks? The more able you are to stay focused at work, or at school, and on your goals, the more productive and able to get things done you will be. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If you are distracted and multitasking all the time, you will find accomplishing even the smallest task nearly impossible.

In today’s world there are so many distractions literally in the palm of our hands. We all experience constant demands pulling us in several different directions. But there are ways to overcome this. Follow these simple steps to boost your concentration, stay on task, and enhance your focus today.

1. Eliminate distractions.

Turn off the tv, silence your phone and focus on what you need to get done. Depending on what your needs are, you may need to shut your door and tell people you can’t be disturbed. When you’re trying to get some work done and the phone rings, that distraction can interrupt your thoughts and productivity making you miss deadlines or other important items.

2. Get a good night’s sleep.

The more tired you are, the harder it is to keep your brain on task. Getting good sleep or taking a quick nap when you’re exhausted can help you stay focused and increase productivity. For tips on improving sleep read “Create a sleep sanctuary and make your daily ZZZs count.”

3. Train your focus muscle.

Like the way we exercise to train and grow our physical muscles, your ability to focus is something you can train as well. Start small like 5 or 10 ten minutes and work your way to being able to legitimately focus for 60 minutes. Each time you create space for intentional focus, you will be able to focus better.

4. Find the right time of day for you.

Some people focus best early in the morning, others late at night. So, figure out what works best for you and stick to it. If you know you’re not a late-night person, don’t wait until the kids are in bed and the house is cleaned up to get work done – do it first thing in the morning. Same goes for night owls. Everyone’s body is different, so be sure to understand yours and work when it’s best for you.

5. Allow yourself to take breaks.

If you need to grab something to eat – do that. If you need to use the bathroom – go ahead. When you find yourself distracted, quench that need and then get back to the task at hand. If you find yourself getting sleepy, stand up and walk around the building or do some quick squats. For more quick break ideas click here.

When you spend your days focusing on what’s important to you, it becomes easier to stay on task and get things accomplished. The more focused you are, the more successful, energetic and content you will be. Training yourself to be more focused isn’t hard, it just takes being deliberate and having a plan.

Chris Todd

September 17, 2018