Updated: Apr 16
This may sound a little counterintuitive, but if you want to improve your mental focus, you have to make sure you get plenty of rest and relaxation. In other words, it is easy to overdo things, work too hard, which can then lead to lapses in concentration and focus.
Start out by doing what you can to get a good night's sleep. I don’t have to tell you that it’s much harder to concentrate on anything if you’ve been sleeping badly, or only got a couple of hours of sleep. Our brains need long periods of rest to process information and “make room” for you to focus on something new the next day.
While burning the midnight oil may seem like a great way to get more done and stay productive, the opposite is true. Yes, you can power through a long night to finish a project every once in a while, but it isn’t sustainable for the long run. Do it when you absolutely have to, but get in the habit of getting good sleep the rest of the time. Your brain and your body will thank you.
Surprisingly taking breaks throughout your workday is another effective way to stay focused and get more done. Work hard in short bursts of time and then take little breaks. Go get a cup of coffee, move around your workspace for a few minutes, or just daydream and give your brain a short rest before diving back in. This doesn’t have to be long. You can greatly benefit from breaks shorter than five minutes. Go chat to a coworker, or do something fairly mindless like filing or straightening up a few things on your desk. Then get back to your most important task at hand.
Just as important as short breaks are a few longer breaks throughout the day. Every couple of hours, take a 30 minute or longer break and walk away from your desk. Go to lunch, have coffee with a friend, or go for a walk outside. This gives your brain time to process what you’ve done so far and gets you ready for the next couple of hours of work.
Last but not least, don’t forget to do something fun and completely work unrelated at the end of the day and on the weekends. We all need balance in our lives. If you enjoy your work and you’re deeply invested in it, it can be hard to unplug and not think about it for a while. Make a conscious effort to make time for rest and relaxation. You’ll find you actually get more done in the end since you’re able to focus when it’s time to get back to work.
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