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8 Ways To Improve Your Focus

Prepare Your Brain

Take a minute or two to sit in a comfortable position and breathe deeply into your stomach.

Let your body calm down before you approach your work. You’ll find it really helps you concentrate.

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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.

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.