Increase Your Focus and Decrease Distractions

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Personal Development

Whether it’s in your job, life, or even just the task at hand, dedicating all of your brain power to one task at a time is an important skill to have. But focus can be fleeting, and we’re always looking for ways to eliminate distractions. Throwing down cups of coffee isn’t the only (or even the best) way to keep your mind sharp. Read on for our top tips on finding your focus.

Diminish Distractions 

Eliminate distractions and watch your focus flourish. When many of us transitioned to working from home during the recent pandemic, this was the first big obstacle to overcome. Having a Zoom™ meeting while your dog barks at the neighbor, or your children scream for macaroni and cheese, is not the optimal office environment. Here are some ideas to eliminate distractions: 

  • Clean your desk and workspace. A cluttered room makes for a cluttered mind. Throw out the papers you don’t need and get all of your pens in the cup they’re supposed to live in.  
  • Invest in good headphones. Lots of people enjoy listening to music or ambient noise while they work, but this isn’t as effective if you can still hear what’s happening around you. To get in the zone, try noise-cancelling headphones.  
  • Invest in a comfortable office chair and use it correctly. For maximum ergonomics, your feet should be flat, and your thighs should be parallel to the floor. Ensure you have enough support so that you can comfortably rest against the back of your chair without needing to lean forward. Read about the best office set up here. 
  • Crate a comfortable environment. Your space should be an appropriate temperature for working, not sleeping. Have a sweater near if you get cold, or a fan available if you overheat.  
  • Make sure everything you consistently need is within arm’s reach. If you’re constantly having to lean, scoot, or stand up to get the tools you need to complete your task, you won’t be able to stay in the zone. This could include your phone, paper and pen, coffee, sticky notes, reading glasses, etc.  

Take Care of Your Body 

Even the best office setup can’t compensate for poor physical health. If your body is uncomfortable, your brain will be too busy processing the pain to keep clear and alert. Make it a priority to find time to stretch and exercise.

Get adequate sleep at night. If you can’t manage 7-8 hours, you aren’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every three Americans are right there with you, staring at the ceiling instead of sleeping.

Make sure to eat solid meals throughout your workday. Start with a great breakfast and have a snack before lunch if you’re hungry. Good nutrition is the basis for good brain function and focus.  

Caffeine is not the enemy to focus … when used in moderation. If you’re constantly pounding cup after cup of coffee instead of water, you are going to crash. Instead, try drinking a small cup of coffee several times a day with plenty of water in between. Or try one of these low-sugar energy drinks to give you a boost.

The Pomodoro Technique 

There are several other activities to help you develop good focus habits. One of the most prominent is the Pomodoro technique, developed in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. While you can dive deep into how to perfect this technique, the basic idea is to use a timer to focus your mind for a set amount of time. Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break and repeat this series four times. Once you’ve done this for 2 hours, take a longer break and then start again.  

This gives you the constraints to be productive while knowing that you will be rewarded with a break when you’re finished. Get in Focus 

Improving focus is an important skill that will benefit your daily. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, business owner, or somewhere in between (or both!), increasing your ability to focusing will increase productivity, work satisfaction, and so much more.  

If you’r looking to boost your focus by getting more sleep, try a few of these ideas.