Focus can be the main factor in a lot of the work that we’re doing, and although most of us can say that is fairly focused on their work, a lot of people actually struggle to focus when they need to, and that’s why sometimes they fail to do their work. The company Microsoft decided to conduct a study back in 2015 and as they put it in their findings, the average human has the attention span of a goldfish. So, there are people that have a fairly lower attention span than even a goldfish, that’s less than 8 seconds of attention span. And, as years go by, this is to get even worse, and the main reason for this is the technological revolution of our society. With millions of apps and games to take our attention away, it’s easy to find things to do that will distract us from the work that we need to do, and the best thing you can do is to fight the urge to turn your attention to something else when you’re working. So, what can you do to change this, and improve your focus significantly? Well, today we will be talking about a couple of things that you can do to improve your attention span. Enjoy!
Create Working Surroundings
When preparing to sit down and start working, think about your surroundings… Where are you sitting? When working in an office, the best thing you can do for focus is having your own desk and workspace. But, for the ones of us that are working from home the best way to get maximum focus is to sit down in an upright position and work on a desk. Avoid working in the bed, on the couch or on your lap as much as possible. Try to get as comfortable as you can, set up your workspace with the least of distractions that you can. You can also go and work in your local coffee shop if that’s the place where there are fewer distractions.
Set up a Schedule
Often times we find ourselves to be short on time for most of our tasks. It is in times like this that I try and remember that I get the same 24 hours of the day as some of the most productive people out there and that there’s something that I can do to improve my time. So, one of the better techniques that even some of the more successful people use is to create a to-do list, or a schedule in order to further improve their focus. Optimize your time, and set up a schedule, but make sure to put the most important things on top of the list. Try to limit yourself with an estimated time that you’ll need to finish the task. And, one of the best things about this is the feeling of achievement when you tick the tasks off the list.
Put on Some Music
Yes, there are the ones that need complete silence in order to achieve maximum focus, but most of us can do it with music, and some can even focus better with music. Yes, you might think that listening to music on a speaker has the same effect as when listening to it on headphones. Lots of researches have shown that the headphones almost always have a better result. This is simply because of the fact that music takes your mind off of problems and allows you to focus on yourself and your work.
Take Breaks as Much as Possible
Productivity is always linked to work, but have you ever thought about the fact that you can be much more productive if you take more breaks? A study has shown that if you have a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes of work you can be much more productive. Take a short walk around the room, or make yourself a coffee, and prepare for the next session of 25 minutes.