Here I have outlined some of my favorite exercises, or habits, for improving your focus and overall productivity.
- Build Like A Muscle – Gradually: Think of your brain like a muscle that needs to be strengthened through consistent utilization and stimulation. Start to lengthen the quality and length of your focus by setting times dedicated to focus. Start with 5 or 10 minutes. Once that period is over give yourself a 2 or 3 minute break. Then do that again. Once you get comfortable with that make the focus times longer and longer and soon enough you will be skilled at sitting down and focusing on something from start to finish for an extended period of time!
- Make A Distractions List: It is so easy to get distracted these days with the instant access to the internet and all that it offers! So, instead of navigating away from your work every time a thought pops into your head, make a list of all the things you intend to look up later, instead of taking away from your productivity.
- Meditate: Practicing and embracing meditation has proven to be extremely beneficial to individuals not only by improving attention spans, but by providing a heightened sense of calm and collectivity. There was a study conducted where 140 volunteers undertook an eight-week meditation intensive and every participant showed measurable improvements in their attention spans and a number of other mental faculties.
- Exercise Your Body Too: Just like it is important to exercise your mind like it is a muscle, exercising your muscles has a direct effect on your mind! Research has shown that physical activity helps your brain ignore distractions but no one is entirely sure as to why this is.
- Work Out Your Memorization: Memorizing lists, songs, and other things will exercise your brain “muscles” like nothing else. Not only does it make you seem more informed, but your brain will then be able to store and recall more information the more and more you memorize and exercise those brain cells!