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11 Ways to Improve Concentration

By May 23, 2013October 21st, 2021Blog

Did you know it usually takes 4-5 minutes to refocus after each disruption? Furthermore, the average person working in an office is distracted every 8 minutes. Distractions can range from constant noise to micromanaging supervisors, and can bear consequences like forgetfulness, inattentiveness and compromised effectiveness. In the spirit of business continuity, let’s take a look at how to zero in on one task and maintain concentration to the best of your ability.

  1. Work on smaller tasks. Rather than overwhelm yourself, make your projects seem easier to accomplish by dividing them into smaller tasks.
  2. Plan your day. Having goals is an important part of maintaining concentration. Determine ahead of time what you need to finish and want to accomplish that day.
  3. Reward yourself. A little incentive can go a long way in wiping out your to-do list.
  4. Clear your workspace. The goal is to minimize visual distraction. Designate a place for work you have yet to complete and keep only the task you’re working on in front of you.
  5. Wear headphones. Quiet music can help keep other distracting sounds at bay. In addition, wearing headphones is a great way to let others know you’re working on something.
  6. Take care of your health. Get enough sleep, exercising, eating a good breakfast and drinking plenty of water can transform your productivity level.
  7. Respond right away. Rather than set messages aside for later, make a point to reply right away. This will prevent it from distracting you again later and save time, not having to pick up the same piece of work twice.
  8. Identify what is distracting you. If you can recognize your distraction, you can work toward resolving it.
  9. Take short breaks. A short walk and a few slow, deep breaths can relieve tension and clutter in your mind, thereby restoring focus.
  10. Close the door. An open door invites visitors which, unfortunately, implies distraction. Keep the door closed when working on particularly important tasks.
  11. Resist checking Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Or, if it works better for you, check social sites as a reward for accomplishing a certain task.

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