Focusing on a task is harder for some people than others. There are various circumstances that can make focusing difficult for anyone. Since these circumstances are not always avoidable, it’s important to learn how to optimize your overall focus so you can be prepared for those moments. The tips below can help just about anyone.
If you are having trouble focusing, it is possible that you did not get enough sleep. Most people need about eight hours of sleep each night to function at their best. However, this can vary from person to person. Try to figure out how much sleep you need each night to function at your best. Once you know this magic number, try to reach your sleep goal each night.
It becomes easier to reach your sleep goal each night when you go to sleep at the same time every day— even on weekends and days when you do not necessarily need to get up at a specific time in the morning. If you have trouble going to bed at the same time every night, set an alarm. This will help you know when it is time to begin getting ready for bed.
There are a variety of brain health supplements that can help maintain or support normal focus. Your body needs specific vitamins and minerals to keep your brain sharp. Some vitamins and minerals, like L-Theanine and vitamin E, can be easily found in foods. Others are a little more difficult to find in foods, which is why taking supplements can be beneficial.
The brain supplements that are harder to find in foods are mostly herbs. These include Ginkgo biloba, Rhodiola rosea, and maca root. It will be easier to find these in supplement form than any other way. However, some of them also come in teas.
No matter what supplements you want to begin taking, even if they are just vitamins and minerals, you need to talk to your doctor first. While supplement boxes and bottles usually have dosing information on them, some people may not need the full dose. Some supplements may also interact with medications in a negative way.
Multitasking may make you feel more productive, but when you are working on more than one thing at a time, it can become harder to focus. Try to avoid multitasking whenever possible. Give your full attention to one task at a time. This may sound obvious and simple, but this one trick really can help, especially when you have a lot to get done.
Another trick that may seem obvious to some but not to others is simply taking breaks. Sometimes you will get overwhelmed when you are working on something. Taking a short break to get you out of the situation can help to clear your head. When you are feeling calm again, get back to your tasks. Take breaks as often as needed, so long as you are still being productive.
For the best results, time your breaks. This can be as simple as setting a timer to go off ten minutes after you start your break. If possible, take your break away from a computer and other screens. Take a walk around the office or talk to a coworker. When the timer goes off, sit back down and get back to work. If necessary, set another timer for how long you would like to try to focus for. For example, you can set a timer for ten minutes. If you are feeling focused when the timer is up, keep working. If you still can’t focus, take another break.
Staying focused is easier said than done. Luckily, these quick and easy steps can help. So, get some sleep, take your vitamins, and up break times to become your most focused self.