We’ve all been guilty of finding ourselves unable to concentrate on our tasks at hand and feeling incapable of staying focused at work. Especially nowadays, when there seems to be all kinds of distraction at every turn.
You know how it goes – you receive a text, so you stop whatever it is you’re doing, reply to that text, and before you know it, you end up wasting valuable work time browsing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
There are times, though, when you just can’t afford any distraction. You may have a deadline to beat, or perhaps you need to accomplish a million things before the end of the week. The vital key to conquering your distractions is to identify what exactly is distracting you and finding a way to circumvent it.
Below are four of the biggest known culprits that can derail you from focusing and what you can do to overcome them.
4) Our phones.
From constantly texting family and friends to mindlessly scanning emails and various apps, we’re certainly a generation that’s obsessed with our phones. Aside from the obvious troubles associated with constant phone use like potential texting while driving accidents and possible side effects from phone radiation, being glued to our phones hinders our ability to concentrate on whatever task is at hand. Even if it’s only for a moment, checking our phones pulls us away, and it may take a while to mentally get back to where we are.
One effective way to overcome this issue is to silence your phone (if possible) while you’re trying to complete a task. Doing this allows you to use your full focus and be more effective in what you’re doing. You can always devote a specific time afterwards to check our phones for texts, emails and notifications.
3) Having a negative mental attitude.
A negative attitude negatively affects your day in a lot of ways, including preventing your ability to concentrate. If you’re so wrapped up about how your life isn’t going the way you planned, or how things are not going well in your home, you’re going to have a hard time focusing on the things that you need to get done.
One great way to overcome this negative attitude is to talk with someone you trust about the things that trouble you. Being able to get your worries and doubts off your chest helps a lot in clearing your head. You can also try practicing meditation or free writing if you don’t have anyone to talk to.
2) Not enough sleep.
Not getting enough shut-eye almost always leads to a drop in concentration levels and an ineffective day at work.
According to experts from the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours each night. Although it’s tempting to binge-watch your favorite series on Netflix until the wee hours of the night, think of how productive and happy you’ll be the next day if you make it a priority to get enough sleep.
1) Social media.
It’s no secret that social media sucks time like black holes sucks galaxies. We’re also very well aware how easy it is to get derailed from the task at hand by simply getting a notification from a friend (and also how difficult it is to regain your train of thought and get back on track).
One very effective way to counter social media distraction is to simply log off all of your accounts while you’re working on something. Although it might seem difficult, you’ll thank yourself when 5 p.m. comes on Friday and you’re not stuck at your office still working because you got distracted that one afternoon on Instagram.