Focus is a delicate thing. You could be in the zone, flowing, and feeling unstoppable one minute…
And the next? A tiny distraction can throw everything out of whack.
Perhaps it’s an untimely notification your phone, an eye-catching email, or a thought that creeps into your head out of nowhere… Whatever the case, the balance is thrown off and your brain feels scattered. And no matter what you do, you can’t seem to regain your focus.
All that productivity you had? It’s long gone. So, what do you do in these situations? Do you let the loss of focus hijack your day? Or do you try to take control back and stay efficient and productive?
Hopefully, it’s the latter. And we want to help you do it.
So, here are 5 ways to regain focus when you’re feeling distracted.
1. Do Your Creative Work First
It’s tempting to start your day with mindless, easy work. You think to yourself, “I can build up to the tougher tasks.”
The problem is, these mindless tasks drain your energy and willpower. When it comes time to do the creative tasks later, you don’t have enough gas in the tank, and you’re easily distracted.
Instead, start off with the harder tasks – which are usually the more creative tasks.
For example, perhaps you write the blog post for the day early in the morning, and hold off deleting emails until the later part of the day.Not only will this make your creative work better, but it’ll usually help you to do that work faster. Then, you can let your brain rest at the end of the day with the menial tasks!
2. Meditate for 10 Minutes
When your brain is scattered and distracted, it’s usually because of one big reason: there are tons of thoughts swirling through your head.
With all this internal noise, it’s difficult to focus on anything. So, if you want to regain focus, you need to turn that noise way down and clear your head.
One of the best ways to do that is through meditation.
By meditating for 10 minutes with an app like Headspace, you can calm yourself down, regain focus, and get back on track. Try it out, and we guarantee you’ll feel like new once those 10 minutes are up!
3. Focus on 1 Task at a Time
One way to scatter your brain is to focus on more than one task at a time. This makes it difficult to get into any sort of flow state.
Multitasking is a great way to get a little done, and send your brain into a fit.
Instead, focus on 1 task at a time, and put all of your attention into that task. Don’t allow yourself to veer off into other assignments, check Facebook, etc. Work on that task until it’s done, and then move onto the next.
4. Reward Yourself
When you’re in the midst of hard work, it can be easy to lose your motivation. You can’t see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”
You can combat this by giving yourself mini-rewards throughout the day.
For example, “Once I write 1,000 words, I’m going to go out for lunch,” or “Once I finish this page, I’m going to have a cookie,” or even, “Once I finish up this last piece of work, I’m going to watch an episode of my favorite Netflix series.”
These little rewards can kick-start your motivation and get you back into a flow state of focus.
5. Take a Break
Sometimes no matter what you try, you won’t be able to regain your focus right away. At this point, your best bet is to take a break, step away from the computer, and allow your mind to relax.
Odds are, when you’re in this mental state, if you try to keep working you’ll get less and less efficient.
So, take a 10-15 minute break and do something either fun or relaxing, like go for a walk, watch a funny video clip, etc. Give your mind some time to breathe before you come back to your work.
You don’t have to let distractions hijack your day. Use these strategies to regain focus, crush your tasks, and maintain productivity even through the biggest distractions.
What else do you do to regain focus when you’re feeling distracted? Let us know in the comments below!
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