8 Easy Tricks to Help Find your Focus.
How many times have you started a task only to find yourself, a half hour later, no farther along in your task but TOTALLY caught up on your social feeds? Yep, you need help focusing. But how? Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you find the focus in this crazy world that feels built to distract you.
Turn Off Your Notifications.
Did you know that the average American checks their phone about 90 times per day? No wonder we have such a tough time focusing! Turn off the notifications and put your phone face down, and knuckle down. The vast majority of notifications can wait for a little while you get your stuff done.
Put on Instrumental Tunes.
Grab your headphones and put on some instrumental music. The rhythm of music can help get your brain firing into a groove, especially if it’s music you already know. It can give you something to focus on that isn’t your noisy roommate, the kids, the traffic, the construction next door, or the dripping faucet, all without distracting you with words.
Don’t be Hangry.
There are few things more distracting than a hungry tummy. You don’t need to eat a full meal, but keep some light protein-packed snacks handy to silence the rumbling. A quick handful of nuts can easily soothe the situation and get you back to the task at hand.
Caffeine Up, But Don’t Go Crazy.
A little caffeine can give your focus the boost it needs. Too much caffeine can completely derail you. Find the sweet spot where you get your pick-me-up before going into jittery territory, and you’ll be in good shape.
Sadly, we don’t mean the pizza. The Pomodoro Method essentially consists of breaking up your day into bite-sized, focused time blocks (usually about 25 minutes) and setting aside break times (5 minutes), with longer breaks every two hours or so. You just might find yourself getting more done in less time.
Write it Down.
Nobody can focus when they’ve got all of their tasks tugging on their attention. Get it all out of your head and down on paper, so you can prioritize and free yourself from having to remember ALL that stuff.
Seek your Calm.
Being aware of your distractedness is the first step to centering your focus. You want to recognize that you’re distracted before you lose 45 minutes to scrolling TikTok. Try some meditation or yoga to train your brain to be more mindful of what it’s doing, and stop the distraction before it starts.
Give it the Chop.
These days, we have a tendency to push ourselves to do it all. If you’re overwhelmed, and it’s destroying your focus, prioritize your tasks and delegate or eliminate the ones that can wait.