Concentration: How To Stay Focused And On Task
Emails. Text messages. News sites. Social Media. These are some of the distractions of everyday life. Turning your attention to them is not necessarily a sign of messing about. If you are an independent business especially, working through your emails and updating your status on Facebook can be essential to your operation. However, little acts can eat away at your day. And if you do not manage your time properly you may find that the whole day has gone to fulfilling minor administrative tasks.
Planning, orchestrating, and executing major moves in business takes concentration. It requires you to stay focused and on task. The world, of course, will not stop to suit your undertaking. However, there are certain habits of mind and action you can adopt to keep yourself on track.
1. Get yourself into a routine—The value of getting into a daily routine is too often underestimated. Establishing a pattern of what you do every day will make you more efficient in how you use your time. It will also have a concrete effect on your mind. Your brain will actually re-wire itself so that it is ready for certain tasks at particular times of the day.
2. Institute e-free times—Cut yourself off from emails, social media, text messages, etc. for certain periods. You will be surprised at how much you can get done by setting blocs of time in which you disconnect from the virtual sphere.
3. Prioritize—Not everything needs urgent attention. Know what really needs to be done immediately and what can wait. If you have committed yourself to sitting down for an hour or so and putting ideas down on paper, stick to it. Otherwise, your plans will never come to light.
4. Keep your attention on what’s in front of you—Concentration is no more than directed attention. Good thinking requires you to put all of your energies into completing the task in front of you. Do what you can to minimize disruptions. Resist the urge to daydream or become pre-occupied with other matters.
Getting a new project off the ground demands a willingness to keep yourself disciplined and on task. This can only be done by establishing the right habits of mind.
About Christopher Reid Chris was born in Washington, D.C. and lives in Britain. He works as a blogger, essayist, and novelist. His first book, Tea with Maureen, has just been published.