4 Common Reasons You Can’t Focus On Your Work (And How To Destroy Each One) - Deepstash

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Quick Fixes For Fatigue Don't Work In The Long Run

Quick Fixes For Fatigue Don't Work In The Long Run

If you feel foggy, yawning at your desk, or drinking too much coffee, you're probably overtired, and it is interfering with your ability to concentrate. Scientists hypothesize that a continued lack of sleep might destroy your brain cells.

A quick fix is to go for a walk outside or to drink a glass of water. But these fixes are no replacement for regularly getting a full night's rest.

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Getting Distracted By News

When big and exciting things are happening outside the office - good or bad - it can become challenging to set it aside and focus on your work. Negative news can severely impact your mood. Good news can increase your adrenaline, and when you are too excited, can cause anxiety.

Acknowledge exactly what is distracting you; then suppress it by focusing on something like your breathing. It should slightly alter your mood and help you to work with renewed concentration.

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When You're Juggling Too Many Things

When your focus feels depleted, it could be because you are juggling too many tasks.

What you can do about it:

  • Start by controlling your environment. Put your phone in another room. Close your email tab. Put headphones in so you don't hear distracting noises in the office.
  • Make a list of your top three priorities for the day.
  • Try breaking your day into smaller chunks, using the Pomodoro Technique or the 52 minutes of work followed by a 17-minute break.

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When You Hate What You’re Working On

When you aren't at all excited about what you need to be doing, taking action can inspire a certain amount of pain and cause you to procrastinate.

Buckle down and get that thing done first, before anything else on your list. Then you know the worst is behind you, causing you to feel more focused for the rest of the day.

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