Mindset Hacks To Increase Focus

Mindset Hacks To Increase Focus

Let’s face it; we all want to be more focused because that way we can get more things done, right?

Your time is valuable. Not being able to focus can have a negative effect on how successful we are at work and in our personal lives.

Focus is a skill that we develop by training and practice. Productivity requires intention and strategy to help make your time work for you!

So, let’s look at some ways you can dial in your focus so you can be more productive and hopefully more successful in whatever you are trying to achieve.

And this is especially important for those who have found themselves working from home and aren’t used to having all the homely distractions around them. If that is you, this is doubly important for you to grasp.

The first thing to look at is how you are spending (aka wasting) your time.

Identifying Time Killers

Before you can begin to learn how to concentrate better on the tasks that you need to accomplish each day, you first need to know where your time goes.

There are a number of time killers that destroy your focus without your knowledge.

The Biggest Time Killers

As yourself this question and answer it honestly:

Do you pick up your phone every time that you receive a notification?

If you answered “yes” to that question, then you’ve identified our first time killer. By picking up your phone repeatedly throughout the day, you are destroying your focus.

Whichever task you were working on was interrupted as your attention moved to your phone.

There are several other important time killers to identify.

Some of these may sound familiar:

  1. Facebook and YouTube
  2. Your email inbox
  3. Non-work related conversations
  4. The internet

In order to identify the time killers that are destroying your focus, you need to spend a day observing your activities. Write down everything that you do, keeping a running list on a piece of paper on your desk.

Yes, this can be a time killer in and of itself, but it will help you see where your time goes.

For example, you might notice that you spent 30 minutes on your personal Facebook account, or that you stop what you’re doing and pick up your phone every time that it goes off.

By tracking your time and activities, you’ll know what you need to eliminate in order to improve your concentration.

Distractions Destroy Your Focus

The problem with these distractions is that they destroy your focus.  Constantly starting and stopping an activity is no way to succeed.

You’ll spend more time getting back into the proper mindset than you do working on the task.

On top of this, by frequently going back to this same task every time you get interrupted, you’re spending more time on it than necessary.

As a result, your list of projects will just end up getting longer.

Next, let’s look at a few powerful tips and strategies that will help you quickly improve your focus.

Tips To Improving Focus

Improving your focus isn’t as difficult as you may think.

By now you should have identified some of the things that are killing your concentration. It’s time to learn how to overcome them by hacking your mind.

Mind Hacks To Improve Productivity

You need to hack your mind in order to become more productive.

These tips will also help you deal with those time killers that eat away at your day and make tasks take twice as long to finish.

Once you have put these tips to work, you will be able to accomplish more in less time! Don’t be put off by the simplicity of some of them; try them and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Work When You’re At Your Most Productive

Not everyone is at their most productive in the morning. Some think more clearly at other times of the day.

By adjusting your schedule to coincide with your peak brain activity, you’re setting yourself up to get more done.

Many folks swear by getting up early and doing your most important tasks before anyone is around, but if you hate getting up early, you are hardly going to be motivated are you?

So do what fits your preferred schedule, rather than trying to force someone else’s onto yours.

Use The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is a time management tool that requires you to break your day into specific 20-minute periods, called Pomodoros.

During those 20-minute periods, you focus solely on the task at hand, ignoring all distractions. Every three Pomodoros, you get to take a five-minute break.

This is a well-known technique and has been shown to work, so give it a go.

Unplug Yourself From The Internet

The internet is a major time distraction. Put your computer on airplane mode so that you can’t go online.

This will force you to focus on your tasks without the temptation of Facebook, YouTube, and all of the other websites that call for your attention.

Don’t underestimate the draw of social media; it will draw you in if you let it, so ensure you won’t be distracted by any notifications.

Ignore Your Phone

This is very closely linked to the tip above. Every time your smartphone goes off, it draws your attention to it, not what you’re working on.

Place your phone in a drawer, turn it off, put it on silent, or do whatever you need to do in order to eliminate this time killer.

This is one of the most important tips to get a hold of and can instantly increase your focus.

Stop Multitasking

Multitasking has negative effects on the brain. Studies have shown that it lowers your IQ. It also forces you to take longer to finish your tasks and makes you 40% less productive overall.

Instead, only do one thing at a time. Sounds counterintuitive but it works!

The multitasking myth has been around for many years, but the most successful people are laser focused on one task at a time, and if they are doing that, shouldn’t you?

Form Better Habits

It takes at least 21 days in order for a new activity to become a habit. Begin these new habits now, and before the month is out, you’ll be more productive than ever.

As you can appreciate, a lot of this is dependent on the way you think and if you want to know more about developing a good mindset for success, please click on the featured resource below for a free Strong Mindset report; download, read it and take action 😊

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