How To Stay Focused
How long is your attention span? You know what I mean. You’re talking to a group of people and something crosses your mind and you start to think about something else.
How long does it take?
You’ll be surprised to find out that the average adult’s attention span is less than ten seconds. That’s right. If something doesn’t hold our attention, then we last ten seconds before looking for the next shiny bauble. And our digital world of social media isn’t helping. Television commercials used to last a minute or more, but if you watch some marketing videos on Facebook and YouTube, they last as little as six seconds.
It all seems to be pointing to a dismal end where we can’t even hold a conversation because we’ve gone off on some tangent.
But hold on a second. Think back to the last time you had a conversation. Was it all focused on one topic or was it all over the board? That’s right. We’ve always been a little frenetic. What matters is that we stay focused enough to achieve our goals. This will help us achieve more by increasing our productivity. We will be able to work smarter and harder for shorter periods.
How to increase your focus
Imagine spending a few hours a day preparing resumes and replying to job postings instead of staying up all night. That’s right. Increasing your ability to focus will lead to you accomplishing more, having more time on your hands, and you being more healthy. Who wouldn’t want that?
1. Set timely goals
The best way to set your timely goals is to do it at least once a day. Looking at the list of things you need to complete and then allot them a specific amount of time. After awhile you’ll be able to adjust to your working style.
2. Set smaller goals
When you start your specific tasks, see if you can break them down into smaller goals. These will be more achievable and more measurable so you can see what you need to do next.
3. Work when you have the energy
Some people can work 80 hours a week, some only 10. You have to find the best hours that work for you and use your most productive time. If it requires you to wake up early so be it. Work on your schedule.
Pro Tip: Taking breaks is important to keep your mind fresh.
4. Get rid of distractions
If you don’t know what your distractions are then find them quickly. Then cut them out of your work day. This could be your phone or the computer. It could also mean hanging a sign on the door that tells people not to disturb you.
5. Eat well and stay hydrated
Your focus is all in your mind; literally. That’s why you need to keep yourself in good health. Eat properly and on time and stay hydrated.
Pro Tip: Staying healthy includes getting enough sleep.
6. Practice. Practice. Practice.
Your mind is a muscle and the more you use it, the stronger it will get. Pushing your limits and focusing for longer periods of time will make it easier to accomplish. Start small and add more time with each new attempt.
7. Make the room comfortable
This may mean listening to music that helps you concentrate. It could also mean adjusting the temperature of the room. Too cold and you’re shivering. Too hot and you get sleepy. Make the room an oasis to your mind so you can get right to work.
What it means to you
Increasing your capacity to focus is important if you’re trying to learn something. Being able to focus on the task will help you learn faster and retain more information. The process will also help you to be more productive and make better decisions. Your focus is important in everything you do. Taking the exercise seriously, you will benefit both mentally and financially as you get a better job and achieve more.