Do you find yourself at work scrolling through your Facebook news feed every 5 minutes when you are supposed to be focusing on that project that is due at the end of the day? Focusing is surprisingly one of the hardest things a human can do on a day to day basis. But don’t worry, these four tricks will help you get your work done in a timely manner without fiddling around.
1. Take a Breather.
Two short breaks an hour should do the trick. Creating a periodic division where you take a breather twice an hour will make it easier to get what you need done for a longer period of time. How? Your brain adapts and gets habituated to what the stimulus is. This results you to stop and remind yourself of your goal to stay concentrated.
2. Turn off or put away your phone.
This seems like the hardest thing, but it is actually the factor that causes you to make mistakes on a task you have on the computer. A study from Florida State University showed that the group who constantly received text notifications and calls got more mistakes than the group who put their phone away.
3. Do not multi-task.
Are you eating dinner, watching Netflix, and finishing up a task from work? Instead of doing all these three things, stick to focusing on just one or two. A study revealed that your brain can’t handle 3 or more large tasks at once. The medial prefrontal cortex, a part of your brain is able to divide work in half, which leaves no room for a third.
4. Practice breathing techniques.
When you are on your break either at home or at work, take deep breaths and focus on your inhales and exhales. This technique can improve your performance by letting your mind focus on what is currently going on in the present instead of letting it wander.