In today’s world it is incredibly easy to get distracted. With our phones at our fingertips, we have access to millions of apps whose sole purpose is, well, distraction. It’s no wonder so many of us admit to suffering from procrastination! If you find yourself easily losing focus, follow the tips below.
Declutter your workspace
A messy workplace or one that’s filled with random knick-knacks can easily make your mind wander. You’ll start thinking of other things you need to do, or start reminiscing about things that the item makes you think of. Strip your workspace of everything but the essentials, and if this isn’t possible at least hide the distracting things. Oh, and close all those tabs!
Hide your phone
Need we say more? With your phone in sight, you’ll be more inclined to have a quick scroll through your Insta feed, play a quick game of candy crush, or open whatever your app of choice is. Turn it off if you really need to and place it somewhere you can’t see it for as long as you need to stay focused.
Listen to instrumental music
If you’re a music lover, you probably enjoy putting on some tunes while you work. That’s perfectly fine, but try to avoid music with lyrics that you can start listening to or even singing along to. And yes, that includes instrumental versions of your favorite songs because that still means you can bop along to the melody.
This might not come easy to some, but if you can master this art of mindfulness, it’ll really help you to stay focused. Meditation will help you clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and bring your focus to one thing.
Make a list
It’s often easier to do things in steps. Write a small to-do list of everything you need to accomplish to help you stay on track. For example, if you need to study, write down how many chapters you need to read and notes you need to take. If you only need to read 3, it won’t seem so bad as you tick each chapter off one by one. If it’s your day off and you have a bunch of errands to run, start with the most tedious ones so they won’t be lingering in your head all day.
Give yourself a clear goal
Don’t worry, if journaling isn’t your thing we’re not saying you have to buy a planner. But if you have something to do, prioritize it as your one daily goal and keep on working towards it.
Resisting the urge to procrastinate is hard, but if you really put your mind to it you can do it!