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Episode 413 – How to Stay Focused During a Distraction

If there’s one thing we could all probably use a lot more of, it’s the ability to focus. But telling yourself to stay focused on a task, especially a mundane one, is often a lot easier said than done. The good news? There are several techniques that can help you zone in on the task in front of you. If you need help staying focused, try one — or all 10 — of these tips.

  1. Get Rid of Distractions
  2. Coffee in Small Doses
  3. Pomodoro Technique
    1. 25 off 5 (4x)
    2. 30 mini break
  4. Put a lock on social media
  5. Fuel Your Body
  6. Examine Sleep
    1. Caffeine after 5pm
    2. Electronic Device 1hr before sleep time
    3. Wind Down activities
    4. Sleep area cool and quiet

7. SMART goals

a. Specific

b. Measurable

c. Achievable

d. Relevant

e. Timely

8. Mindful of thoughts.

Does your mind tend to wander away from where it’s supposed to be? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. Distracted thinking is common, and something we all experience.However, these short mental vacations often make it harder to focus on the task in front of you. That’s where mindfulness comes in.According to the Mayo Clinic, being mindful means you can maintain moment-to-moment awareness of where you are and what you’re doing — which is great news when you’re trying to stay focused.By being mindful and recognizing when your attention starts to drift, you can quickly bring your focus back to where it needs to be. Plus, you can actually train your brain to be more mindful by practicing breathing techniques, meditation, and mindful movement, such as yoga.

9. Make a to do list

10. Group similar task together

Tired of jumping from one type of thinking to another (aka “multitasking”)? Then pick tasks that are similar, group them together, and do one at a time. This makes transitions smoother, and you may find that you get a lot more done by not jumping from one type of task to another.Despite what you may think, multitasking is not more effective or efficient, especially when you’re struggling with staying focused. In fact, the American Psychological Association reports that multitasking may reduce productivity by as much as 40 percent.

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