15 Science-Backed Ways To Stay Focused All Day
Staying Focused In A Digital World
In this digital age, we have a multitude of notifications all the time. There are messages from our social media platforms, emails, text messages, phone calls, just to mention a few of them. With so much going on how can we stay productive? Today, I am sharing 15 science-backed ways to stay focused all day.
If you are able to stay focused at work, or business, and on your goals, you’ll be productive, you’ll get things done and you’ll reach your goals in record time. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If you are constantly distracted or multitasking all the time, you are preventing yourself from reaching the next level.
It’s okay, I’ve been there too.
For example, I’ll start one project, work on it for a little bit, then lose focus and try something else. And then I’ll lose focus on my new goal and try something else. And on and on. When everything is said and done, I’ve stopped and started so many times that I never really made much progress.
Multitasking and Remaining Focused
While we might have thought that if we are good at multitasking it means our brain has a larger capacity to focus, multitasking doesn’t necessarily lead to better performance. In fact, our brain is programmed to react to everything, so when it comes to focusing solely on one thing, it can be very challenging.
Eventually, we have to teach our brain to focus exclusively on one thing for a period of time without any distractions. It can change the whole proceedings
Focus On Work
One thing that has helped me stay productive is turning off all the notifications on my phone and my desktop during the day. That’s right, I receive no notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and emails. (On a side note, feel free to follow me, I do check my messages after work )
Let me tell you that was so hard in the beginning! I kept checking my phone only to see a blank screen with no new notifications. Each time I checked my phone, I realized how addicted I was to these devices. Fast forward a few months and I actually don’t mind receiving the notifications and I find that I get a lot more done. I see my friends and coworkers checking and replying to their messages all the time, while I sit there and smile and remember how that used to be me.
Distractions Be Gone
Taken from Business Insider, here are some science-backed ways to help you stay focused throughout your day:
“Remember, Time is a greedy player who wins without cheating, every round! It’s the law.”
READER TIP: Start “training” with short sections only. First, take 5 minutes a day in a distraction-free place. Try to fully concentrate in that 5 minutes and increase this time period slowly.
Know any other tips for avoiding distractions and staying focused? I would love to hear! Leave a comment below.
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