I blame social media for my short attention span. As much as I owe so much to it because of all the blessings it’s brought my way, I know that it’s the reason why I do! Ever since it’s played a big part of lives, focusing on one thing takes much more effort thats why I almost never get to finish my list of things to do. I found articles by Forbes, Phys.org, Telegraph to back me up so if you’re still wondering why you can’t seem to have you attention in a million places, you got the internet to blame you for that :P Through all the years, I’ve developed ways for me to trick myself into finishing what I need to do. Whether you’re still a student, self employed or works for a company, hopefully these could help you, too! :)
1. Set a schedule. Planning my day helps me when it comes to maximing the 24 hours I have. I’m very OC so I jot things down to the minute putting allowance for traffic and last minute changes. I write it down too so I won’t miss any meeting or event I have to attend.
2. Make a list of things to do. Digitally or handwritten is fine! Whatever will be effective for you. I usually keep my list at a realistic number and this depends on the time I wake up and what time I have to do so the next day. I usually write the harder tasks I have to prioritize at the top so I can get things done right away and that makes the easier ones a breeze to do!
3. Take a break and stick to the allotted time you can have. I do 1 short coffee break and 2 long ones for meals in a day. My meal time is when I usually catch up on my Netflix episodes… that way I can do two thinggs at the same time (plus, I enjoy my food more when I do!). I usually give myself 10 mins for coffee and 1 episode for meals. It’s hard to do but I force myself to stick to what I alloted because once I go beyond, I lose my focus and my work attention’s done for the day.
4. Set a time where you “don’t bring home work.” Working at home makes this a bit tricky but usually I stop working 2 hours before I plan to go to bed to give me time to spend with my family or talk to Ben. The key to life is always balance and when you don’t bring work home, you get to have a life outside of it!
5. When finishing deadlines at home, shower and get dressed like you’re going to work. I prefer to stay at home when I don’t have any work related reasons to go out. I noticed that when I don’t shower and fix up, my brain tricks my body into thinking that it is a free day and I’m either so lazy to get anything done or if I do, they’re all mediocre work.
7. Set a goal and reward yourself in small doses. Going back to the list of things to do to make every day, I usually reward myself after getting 3 or 4 done with coffee, a chocolate bar, a 10 minute browsing on Instagram time, etc. That way, I get motivated to do the rest!
8. Work somewhere where distractions are far from you or are off limits. We have a home office where there’s no television, no baby Verns and food around me so this helps me concentrate on working. Find yours – may it be in a coffee shop, at a park, library, mall, etc.
9. Remember that your ways to concentrate are different from others. While I’m hoping that these tips would help you, just remember that what work for you may be different from others! An example is Verniece’s mind works best at an empty space but with a song playing in the background. As for me, I love it when there are people around me and while it may be noisy for some, other people’s conversations become a bit muted for my ears but they’re helpful with helping me think. I can’t work with a song playing though which is weird! Find what works for you, experiment and don’t stop until you do.
10. Do something that will make you happy at the end of everyday, to look forward to something and keep yourself from getting burnt out. Mine are: playing with baby Verns, a bag of chips, a phone conversation with Ben, a Netflix series episode, a chapter of a book or planning my next trip :)
What do you do?