Having trouble focusing? Getting distracted and lacking concentration?
Follow these tips to get you back on track…
- Turn off twitter, email, facebook, IM, browser
- Turn off television audio and mobile phone (i know i know! harsh!)
- Schedule time(s) to check the above
Plan your Time
- Write your To Do list for the day then schedule a time later on to review then forget about it.
- Keep a notepad nearby for random ideas as they hit you, then forget about them.
- Plan your work time, give yourself mini deadlines (as in “What About Bob?”, Baby Steps, Baby Steps”)
- Decide what to do in advance when the computer is doing automated stuff, eg rendering/bouncing down/burning to CD or DVD
Create a Focus-Friendly Environment
- Plenty of natural light
- Kill the fluorescent lights
- Keep a glass of water/liquid nearby to drink
- Eat a substantial, healthy breakfast (nothing makes you want to go back to bed and sleep than a cooked breakfast! Come on, admit it 😉 )
- Keep snacks to hand if you’re the muncher-type
- Let everyone know who might interrupt you that you’re not to be disturbed for the next hour or 2 (best to be specific about the length of time)
- Don’t sit with your back to the door – arrange your office/studio/study/workspace so that you can at least see it out of the corner of your eye. If this is impossible, get a mirror up on the wall in front of you so you can see what’s going on behind you!
- Keep your workspace functionally tidy. Let the chi flow! 😉
- Burn incense or aromatic essential oils – eucalyptus, rosemary, mint/menthol, lemon are supposed to help with concentration… i find vanilla and lavender help me relax and get into the flow.
- Sit comfortably
- Do one thing at once, with 100% of your concentration, don’t split your focus, do not multitask
- Divide larger, daunting tasks into smaller, bitesize chunks, list them, and tick them off as you go
- Get enough sleep, and get good-quality sleep
- Don’t overuse stimulants such as coffee or
- Don’t eat lots of fatty or high GI foods; do eat plenty of fruit, and don’t forget your greens!
- Listen to music (this never works for me though… I’ll just sit and listen to it 😉 )
- Meditation – meditate your way into the flow zone (or just listen to a Meditation CD)
- Schedule breaks, keep it fresh
- Get a change of scenery, work somewhere different
Now… back to work with youse!