5 Science Backed Tips For Staying Focused
We get it. So many distractions, how does anyone get all their work done?
With social media, family, friends and pesky emails like this one flooding your inbox, how do we stay on task?
It's important to build healthy habits to remain productive and consistent.
We’re here to rescue you from the constant social media and Netflix bombardment that's causing you to be stressed out because you can't be productive.
So let's dive in on the Science Based information that has helped people stay laser focused and discipline.
1. Say NO to Multitasking
Yep that's right, the praised multitaskers who seem to finish everything in a timely manner really don’t. Not according to a 2009 Stanford Study which showed multitaskers performed poorly with memory, attention spans (we know this), and the ability to switch from one task to the next. So stop multitasking and finish one project at a time.
2. Exercise Regularly
Not a surprising at all, since we post about working out so much, this comes as a nice complement of the various benefits of exercising not only for your body, but your mind. Harvard study conducted that regular exercise promotes brain health, which is important for memory capacity. It may even release a chemical that helps your memory circuits to improve your brain's functions. Click here for a quick 30 min workout.
3. Create a To-Do-List
This will you prioritize your day and keep a record of what you need to have done before you get distracted. 2011 Zeigarnik study revealed participants who could plan their work and complete their tasks, were more likely to stay focused than those who were made to move from task to task without completing them.
4. Take Breaks
Ok ok, now is the time to go on your social media and scroll to your delight, and you can do this without feeling guilty because you earned this. There are numerous studies that show brief breaks in the day or every hour, helped productively and completion rates over subjects who tried to work straight through.
5. Try the Pomodoro Method
This is a time blocking technique that can help compartmentalize your tasks into 25 minute intervals. So you would work for 25 min, then take a 5 min break. After 4 of these cycles, you would take a longer break of 15-30 min…..say this is your lunch time. This method allows you to block your time while giving you the necessary breaks you need to refocus and maintain your momentum.