5 Simple Ways to Help You Focus and Concentrate and Get Your Stuff done
Do you find it hard to focus? Are you easily distracted? Do you find that your mind wanders all over the place when you try to concentrate on something? Do you find yourself thinking about everything and anything except the thing you should be concentrating on?
Well you are not alone. It’s a known fact that 95% of people have a problem with focus and concentration. But how about the other Five percent?
What do all successful people have in common?
All successful people, in sport, in business, in entertainment, have one thing in common – they have all learnt how to focus on, and concentrate fully on the “Now“. The “now” being the action they need to take at that particular moment.
I give you the following 5 tips gleaned from my research on focus and concentration. They have certainly helped improve mine and I hope they will help you too.
- Social media is evil!
Evil when you are having problems trying to focus and concentrate. ‘‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’’ as the well-known hypnotherapist Mark Tyrrell has called social media.
So turn off your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest etc, and switch off your mobile too, before you start doing whatever it is you have to do. You can always schedule time for those distractions later.
- Make a little list
Decide what your three most urgent and important tasks are and write them down on a sheet of paper in order of priority then pin it up where you can see it. Don’t list any more than three items so you won’t feel you’ve too much to do.
- Time yourself
Get yourself a little timer app there are lots of them on the net (most of them are free) and set it for a period of between 25 and 40 minutes (it’s practically impossible to concentrate on one thing for longer than that). When the alarm goes stop what you’re doing and set your alarm for a five minute break. During this break you could do a few stretches, especially well for you if you’ve been sitting hunched up at your desk. Take a longer break every 2 hours. Maybe go for a walk.
- Reward Yourself
Promise yourself a reward for every time you complete something. Rewards can be anything you like as long as they are something you can look forward to with pleasure.
- How did the day go?
Review your progress at the end of the day by asking yourself the following questions:
What did I get done today?
How did it go?
Did I learn anything new, useful, etc.?
What do I need to do to improve?
Anybody got any other tips on focus and concentration they’d like to share. We’d love to hear them.
Success to you all!