Finding ways to focus better
We have all had those moments where we find ourselves daydreaming during a meeting or read things without realizing what we are actually reading. Finding ways to focus better is a challenge many of us will face sometime throughout our daily lives. If you are struggling to stay focused on your tasks, here are some tips that may help.
Take short breaks from work or from your other tasks. Simply taking a 15 minute break to walk around, grab a quick snack, and stretch will help your brain focus better.
Watch what you eat. Quite often we jump to caffeine and energy drinks to help us maintain focus. Unhealthy foods only help for a few minutes, then they wear off and we are back to square one. Starting eating healthier foods like fish, lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, to help your brain focus better. Grab a cup of tomato juice over a soda and you will see that your brain responds better to this healthy alternative.
If you are a student and you continue to re-read things, consider joining a study group or hire a tutor to help you focus. If you have to re-read, this means you don't understand the material. It could also mean you have dyslexia or other learning disabilities so you may want to speak to a medical professional. It could also mean that the material is boring to you. If this is the case, look for ways to make the material interesting. Speak to your teacher about additional assignments you can do as this will make you seek out answers in the reading.
Make sure to exercise each day. If you constantly struggle with focus, do yoga and other exercises that are designed to improve your body's ability to focus. Some yoga poses like "the boat pose" are designed to improve focus. Yoga poses help to unclog your mind by removing all the unimportant elements and forcing the brain to focus on only the poses and on your breathing.
If you start to become overwhelmed at work or school, take a few minutes to practice deep breathing exercises. This will increase oxygen into the bloodstream, which will improve the blood flow in the brain. When the blood flow is being properly circulated in the brain, your ability to focus will improve.
A great way to improve your focus is to find a quiet environment to work in. If you share an office, use headphones to drown out the other noises and listen to the calming ocean waves, or other white noise sounds that help the brain relax. Write down a list of all the things you need to do for the day and then set some time frames for when you plan to work on them. For example, you could say "I need to balance my check book today" then assign a certain amount of time to it like 30 minutes or from 1:00-1:30. From here you can then establish other goals throughout the day that will help your brain stay focused for short amounts of time.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep each night. Remove the television from your room and just use it for sleeping. When we have televisions, radios, and other distractions in our room, we are causing the brain to stay stimulated for longer periods of time when it should be focused on getting the proper amount of rest it needs to perform the duties of tomorrow.
Learning how to focus will help you become more productive. Pay attention to one task at a time and congratulate yourself as you start to accomplish the little tasks. This is a great way to help yourself move onto bigger challenges in the future.