Staying focused can be challenging in today’s information-overloaded world where we are surrounded by constant distraction.
It might take some time, but practicing some good habits and being mindful of your distractibility can help.
Exercise (preferably in the morning) – doesn’t have to to be a long 2 hour session in the gym just a quick 20 minute jog or yoga will do. You may even feel less stressed after you have finished exercising thanks to the endorphines that will be released.
Practice mindfulness – The notion of being present is also essential for recapturing your mental focus. Practicing mindfulness can involve learning how to meditate or simply focusing completely on that you’re doing, slowing down, and observing all of the physical and emotional sensations you are experiencing in that moment.
Eliminate pointless distractions. – Make sure your phone is put away, there are no chimes on your laptop when receiving an email or work in full screen mode. This is definitely something I need to work on. (150 WhatsApp messages in 30 minutes anyone?)
Quit multitasking – Juggling multiple tasks at once can dramatically cut down on productivity and makes it much harder to hone in on the details that are truly important.
Drink tea made with nootropic herbs to help with brain fog. Nootropic herbs eg liquorice root contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that stops brain fog. If you hate the taste of liquorice like I do, try other herbs with similar properties eg rosemary, lemon balm or gingko biloba.
Think of your mind as a muscle – Practice focusing to increase your attention span. Building your mental focus is not something that will happen overnight. Even professional athletes require plenty of time and practice in order to strengthen their concentration skills.
Set small daily goals – Achieving your daily goals will wire your brain for success: who doesn’t love a to do list that has been completed 🙂