Staying focused in the midst of much distractions from co-workers, emails , clients and even phones demanding our attention has become a major challenge .
We have been so attuned to distraction in today’s digital environment that we find it difficult to focus on much more important things.
“Distractions signal that something has changed”, these were the words of David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership institute and author of Your Brain at Work.
While multitasking can be an important skill, it comes with its own challenges.According to Rock , it reduces our intelligence, literally dropping our IQ.
Also, it is very sad to note that distraction makes us feel great. Your brain’s reward circuit lights up when you multitask , which implies getting you into an high emotion when you are doing many things atbthe same time.
Having a short period of no distraction with deep focus can transform your life . These tips can help you become more focused and get more done.
1. Concentrate on creative works.
Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. “An hour into doing your work, you’ve got a lot less capacity than (at the beginning),” Rock says. “Every decision we make tires the brain.”
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In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.
2. Deliberately allocate your time.
By studying thousands of people, Rock found that we are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week. “You want to be really diligent with what you put into those hours,” he says.
Most people focus best in the morning or late at night, and Rock’s studies show that 90 percent of people do their best thinking outside the office. Notice where and when you focus best, then allocate your toughest tasks for those moments.
3. Always train your mind.
When multitasking is the norm, your brain quickly adapts. You lose the ability to focus as distraction becomes a habit.
Doing one thing at a time releases more energy and bring out the best in you. It also enhance your capacity to think on better options to make things better.
Always concentrate your attention on a single task. If you find your mind wandering, just return to the task at hand.
Your mind can be much more productive if you concentrate on a single task at a time rather than doing many things at the same time.