Most of the experts agree that there have never been as many distractions in history as there are today. Technology makes it possible for us to receive volumes of information at the same time. We could be working on our computers, watching television and talking on our iPhones, all at the same time. That, my friend, is known as...Information Overload!
If you’re suffering from information overload, to regain focus, try these few tweaks to your lifestyle:
Trade Caffeine for Exercise – While caffeine may become addictive and you think you have to have it to remain alert, a good workout can be much more effective to keep you going and help you focus. Exercise releases endorphins, a natural stimulant that can help to sharpen your focus.
Keep Lists – If you’re finding it difficult to think of things you want to address in a meeting or discuss with your family, keep a notepad of written ‘hints’ that you can refer to periodically. It could be as simple as a key word reminder or a complete idea that you’ve thought of. We personally love Workflowy for creating lists, among other things. :)
Prioritize – If you find yourself procrastinating about certain tasks, prioritize them. Schedule a certain amount of time to complete part or all of a task, before moving on to the next one.
Get Plenty of Sleep – We truly underestimate the impact that lack of sleep has on our ability to focus. Drinking too much alcohol or a stressful activity before bed can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep and play havoc with your ability to focus the next day.
Drink Water – Water is cleansing and life-giving. It can also decrease your focus if you become even slightly dehydrated. The brain can detect any change that occurs in your physiological make up and begins to operate at a lower level until you correct the situation.
Take Breaks – When you begin to lose focus on a task, it may be time to take a break, stretch, take a walk or do whatever it takes to refresh yourself. You’ll be more attentive when you return to the task and finish it in a much shorter time than if you didn’t take that break. We like the Pomodoro Technique for scheduling breaks throughout focused work sessions.
Be sure to reward yourself when you accomplish a task that you usually have trouble focusing on. Bringing joy into your life can help relax your mind and make it possible to focus on the next task at hand.
A Certified Productive Environment Specialist™ (CPES) can help you organize your time, space and information so you can focus, and ultimately accomplish your work and enjoy your life. Click the blue link below to complete our Productive Environment Scorecard™ so we can connect you with a Specialist for a complimentary consultation! :)
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Andrea Anderson is President of Productive Environment Institute (PEI), a training institute for Business Organizers & Productivity Consultants around the world.