You likely have a full plate. How can you increase your ability to concentrate? When you can focus and quiet your mind in the moment, you enable yourself to tackle each of your tasks to the best of your ability. But concentrating is sometimes easier said than done!
You will enable yourself to focus and perform at your best if you:
Keep your work setup conducive to your needs and preferences. Do not work in front of superfluous screens, such as televisions or unnecessary software windows opened. Do not play distracting media in a window on your computer while you work. Strive not to interface with social media during your working hours unless your job asks you to do so. If you work in a noisy environment and need silence to concentrate, consider noise-canceling headphones. Alternatively, coordinate with the people around you to achieve quiet time as needed.
Fuel Yourself Wisely.
Eat real, nutritious foods. Sugary snacks and processed foods will not sustain you for as long as whole, complex proteins and calories will. Likewise, be wary of overdoing it with energy drinks or coffee beverages. Too much caffeine can lead to jitters, dependence, headaches, and anxiety. You cannot focus and work at your best when you don’t feel your best. Mindful nutrition habits will help you feel well, concentrate more effectively, and make wiser decisions in the long run.
The brain is a muscle. You can train it! If you focus on each task in front of you, one at a time, you will be able to concentrate more effectively. Don’t multitask. While it may feel productive, multitasking is in fact training your brain to break your focus, not maintain it. Likewise, don’t exhaust yourself; learn to know when you need to take breaks and when to keep going. Find a work rhythm that enables you to both feel happy and give your best work performance. Some people, for example, find that taking a quick walk or stretch at least every two hours helps them feel happier and healthier at work.
Quiet Your Mind.
Consider adopting a practice of mental mindfulness. You may have a lot on your plate; there’s nothing wrong with taking time to identify and address your stress. When you have trouble quieting your mind at work, consult with a trusted mentor. They can identify your stressors and help guide your focus to what matters most.
More tips for tackling your to-do list (and stressors!) are available on the Syncis Money Blog today.