Tips to Stay Focused

Social scientists say a crisis like COVID-19 is a “focusing event,” one that recalibrates public policy and cultural norms. This collective focusing may not happen quickly enough. But it is a focusing event for each of us individually as well. I would like to believe this self-quarantine can be a focusing event. An opportunity for self-examination and for getting my priorities in order. But focus doesn’t come easy does it. You have to train your mind to improve focus.

Here are few tips you can do to stay focus all day :

  • Minimise multitasking – Scientists have found that multitaskers are easily distracted and less efficient at tasks.
  • Meditate – By meditating, you’re practising focus, which studies show helps with concentration in other activities.
  • Exercise regularly – Scientists think that regular exercise can help stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain that rewire memory circuits, improving function and enhancing focus capacity.
  • Make a to-do list – To-do lists help you prioritise and tie up loose ends from unfinished work, which can keep you focused since we tend to remember incomplete more than completed work.
  • Try some caffeine – Studies suggest that caffeine may, in moderate doses, help to boost focus – particularly in those of us who are fatigued.
  • Take breaks – One study found that taking brief breaks from work can help you stay focused, whereas no breaks will make you lose focus.
  • Keep work at work – Apart from just giving your brain a break, some research suggests that having downtime away from a problem could help you solve it.
  • Train your brain – Some studies have found that people who are easily distracted will benefit from “brain training” exercises, like those promoted by Lumosity or Cogmed but the results have been mixed.
  • Find a quiet place – Ambient noise can stimulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which can impair brain function and hinder focus.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule – After hours at a screen, your eyes get tired and can’t focus. Reset them by staring at a distant object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
  • Get a good night’s sleep – Getting a solid seven to eight hours ahead of a busy workday could be the difference between being frazzled and being laser focused.
  • Work offline – Every time you visit Facebook or check you inbox, experts think a but of your attention remains with those tasks. So minimise distractions by working offline sometimes.
  • Establish a favourite focus spot – According to a concept called ego depletion, we have a finite amount of mental energy, so don’t waste it on choosing where to work.
  • Devote specific hours to tasks – Like picking a consistent focus spot, designating “focus hours” also helps fend off depletion.
  • Embrace boredom – If you’re used to needing multiple forms of stimulation while “relaxing”, it may have a negative impact on your ability to focus. Embrace doing nothing for a change.

Reference : https://www.businessinsider.in/15-science-backed-ways-to-stay-focused-all-day/articleshow/50004962.cms

26 Comments Add yours

  1. This was really helpful but maybe you can add some personal insights as well?

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    1. Garima says:

      Meditation helps me focus. Concentration on one chant or on one point. This helps.

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      1. Same, even I started meditation during this lockdown and it has shown me what I have been missing out on all this time. I also agree about embracing boredom sometimes and doing nothing for a while to train your brain to not crave Dopamine all the time. I have started doing a no screen, no internet Sunday every Sunday…

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      2. Garima says:

        That is very good. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.

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  2. These are good pointers! I’m definitely guilty of multitasking. I had previously read about it and have been trying to work on it. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress…lol. A lot of these I’ve already incorporated into my “routine”, but all it takes is the one little thing to throw me off track and I have to claw my way back to being disciplined.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah yes, Multitasking can seem like an advantage, especially in the business world, but constantly performing several tasks at once can lead to a drop in productivity. The bad effects of multitasking take their toll by not allowing you to recover from excessive stimulation that bombards you on a daily basis.

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      1. Yes! What makes it worse is that my mind is constantly racing and so I have an innate tendency to try to keep up with it instead of focusing on one thing. I literally have to stop myself and do nothing so I can focus on things in the order of high to low priority.

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      2. Garima says:

        Try to find some quite time in the morning to just be..just not do anything…enjoy the morning breeze or your cup of coffee or some meditation music if you can.

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      3. That sounds good to me 😊

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  3. virgobeauty says:

    Great post. I am a believer in a focused hour of work scheduled throughout the day then taking breaks. It helps so much. And that focused hour can even be an hour break to relax if the rest of the day has been busy. Great post

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    1. Garima says:

      That is true. One focused hour a day is the equivalent of having two full weeks to work on whatever it is you want. In one focused hour a day you could write a book, build a company, learn an instrument and so much more.

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      1. virgobeauty says:

        That’s it! You hit that nail on the head. Imagine what two hours could do.. whew.

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  4. This was such a useful post. Loved it yaar

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    1. Garima says:

      👍🏼👍🏼

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  5. My quiet, productive time is in the early morning. During my teaching years as well as during retirement, this has always held true. My early morning walks not only provide exercise, but they also offer time to meditate and refocus.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah mine too. It allows me to focus my mind. I am a driven person, but I lack focus. I need a few minutes to breathe deep, to gather my jumble of a brain and organize my thoughts.

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  6. Miriam says:

    These are really great tips. Coffee, taking breaks, getting out for walks, meditating and making lists are all things that work for me.

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    1. Garima says:

      Breaks increase productivity and creativity. Working for long stretches without breaks leads to stress and exhaustion. Taking breaks refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative. “Aha moments” came more often to those who took breaks, according to research.

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  7. clcouch123 says:

    We have another chance to focus on what’s really important. Your suggestions show us how to be more mindful in this process or any. Thank you.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes you are right. Whatever emotions you’re experiencing during the uncertainties inherent in this disorienting time—anxiety/fear, frustration/anger, sadness/depression, etc.—as uncomfortable as they may be, mindfulness practices can be beneficial in helping to turn down their intensity, rendering them less terrifying and at least somewhat more tolerable.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked them ruchi.

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  8. BellaDour says:

    You provided som great tips. You can also limit the amount of time you spend on specific apps using Screen Time function on your iPhone.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahaha guilty as charged there 🙂

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