In today’s fast-paced world of rapid media consumption, focus seems like it is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, some studies indicate that humans literally have worse attention spans than goldfish.
Thankfully, focus is a mental muscle that can be strengthened. Here are some of my tips for staying focused and sharp during a long workday:
With Facebook, Instagram, and countless other internet distractions right at your fingertips, it can seem impossible to stay tuned into your work while you’re at the computer. That’s why one of the best ways to stay focused is to work offline.
Consider turning off your internet for a while if possible. Or, better yet, go the old school route and do your work with pen and paper.
Get a good night’s sleep
A lack of sleep is the enemy of focus – studies show that your concentration levels increasingly deplete as you get sleepier. Sacrificing your sleep to work longer will just result in sloppy errors and poor work; not increased productivity.
So aim to get at least 7-8 hours per night. Outside of your focus, you’ll see a plethora of other benefits too.
Take on the hardest things in the morning
Science shows that our willpower is like a muscle; it depletes and gets worn down as the day goes on. That’s why it’s best to take on the hardest tasks in the morning when you have the most mental power in store. One of the ways I stay focused with this technique is by making a task list with descending difficulties.
Do you have any great ways to stay focused? I’d love to hear from you on Twitter!
If you found these tips useful, be sure to also check out my articles on Medium and Inc. Magazine.