The trick is to find ways to eliminate distractions as much as possible.
Invest in your sleep.
Not sleeping enough means you will be tired thus your attention span will be minimised. Be sure to get your rest.
Exercise your body.
It is very important that you are physically active. Harvard Medical School found that exercise improves your memory and concentration.
Eliminate all your distractions.
Turn off everything that doesn’t have anything to do with the task ahead. Close email, Facebook, Twitter. Put your phone on aeroplane mode. Avoid multitasking at all costs.
Keep a routine.
A routine will allow you to have your time organised. Try to sleep, work, and relax at regular intervals. French novelist Gustave Flaubert said, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
Take short, regular breaks.
Focus 100% on a task for 25 minutes. Then take a break (preferably moving away from the desk for 5 minutes. Repeat. This will increase your concentration. You will also come back to the task quicker and with more energy
Try to wake up at the same time every day.
Your body will get into a natural rhythm maximising energy, clarity, and focus every morning.
Take a break on email.
Check your email only a few times a day and only after you have finished your priority tasks. Checking email should not be the start of your day!
Have clarity of what your life goals are.
When you have a clear idea of what you want to do, everything else will be easier to solve. It will be also easier to engage and focus on small tasks because you already know what the big picture looks like.
Put headphones on.
They will signal “DO NOT INTERRUPT ME” to your colleagues.
Read a paper book.
The digital world is full of distractions (ads, links, different articles, etc…) Reading a book will train you in paying attention to an object for an extended length of time.
Listen to music.
Try listening to acoustic music (no lyrics or singing). This will avoid any type of distractions and will help you stay in your work flow. There are also websites that play music that increases your focus and zones out distractions. Try them out.
Break large goals into smaller projects.
This will provide manageable tasks and tighter deadlines. This will also bring you closer to your big goals.
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