Getting focused can be difficult at times. Getting yourself into that flow where your total awareness is only on the task at hand can take some doing. But, if you are having problems focusing, there are a few quick tricks you can use to help get yourself on track.
1. Practice mindfulness
This is something you should do every day because research has shown that it really helps you to focus. Being mindful is not difficult. It can be doing something as simple as concentrating on your breathing. Pay attention only to your breathing as you inhale and exhale; block everything else out of your mind. If stray thoughts creep in, just push them out and focus on only your breathing again. Do this for about 10 or 15 minutes each day.
This may look like mindfulness, but it is a little different. These are simple deep breathing exercises, where you inhale slowly and deeply for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and then exhale for a four-count.
This helps to relax you and to get focused. It’s a method practiced by CEOs and even the military.
3. Get moving
Anything that involves physical activity will also help you to focus better. It gets more oxygen to your brain. So, take a quick walk, do some push ups, stretching, or just jump up and down, whatever works for you.
4. Get outside
This may not always be possible, but if you can do it, getting outdoors also helps with your concentration. Studies have shown that getting closer to nature has benefits for our mental health and emotional well being.
5. Chat with a coworker
Taking five or ten minutes to talk to the person in the next cubicle will also help you focus. If something is on your mind, you can talk about it with your colleague. This can help you get your mind focused on what you need to be doing.
6. Do something else.
Switching to another activity can also help you focus. If you are stuck on a certain task and no ideas are coming, doing something else will actually give your subconscious mind time to assimilate and ruminate on your problem, making it much more likely that you will come up with a solution.
7. Get a shot of caffeine.
We saved this one for last because this is something just about everyone does anyhow. But getting that jolt of caffeine can help get you moving and help with your concentration.