We are living in an age full of distractions. Be it your smartphone, tablet, TV or gaming console. Not a minute goes by without a message popping up that is seemingly important. All day long, different media compete for our attention. No wonder that we are less and less able to concentrate on the really important things in life. A study commissioned by Microsoft also confirms this. According to this study, the average human attention span in 2013 was a full 8 seconds. Alarming! That is a second below that of a goldfish. That really is not productive. But what can we do against the constant sensory overload? The answer: We have to learn to focus better. So that you, too, can walk through life in a focused way, we have summarised three important tips for you here.
1. Reduce social media
Instagram and the likes are a lot fun, without a doubt. At the same time, they are also the big distracting factors of our time. We spend several hours a day looking at and uploading new pictures and posts. That way, we are repeatedly distracted from our actual task. Concentrating on work then becomes difficult. So pay attention: When you have work you need to focus on, put away your phone, tablet etc. Once you have finished your task, you can reward yourself with a bit of extra time on social media.
2. Avoid multi-tasking
Just a quick text, a short chat with your colleagues on the side and the radio is happily playing in the background next to the noisy TV. What at first seems to be creative chaos, is ultimately poison for your concentration. Confucius already said: ‘The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.’ If you really want to focus on work, you should thus ensure you are always focusing on one thing at a time. This allows you to reach your goals faster and make fewer mistakes at the same time.
3. Take regular breaks
Even the strongest warrior gets tired. Nevertheless, taking a break has a rather bad reputation in our society. This belief is anchored too deep: Only those who work a lot and take few breaks are productive. The reality is quite different, however. Breaks cleverly distributed throughout the working day not only ensure short recovery phases, but are also crucial for our ability to concentrate. So: Simply get up for a minute…
These tips will help you get off to a focused start, soon. If you should have any great tips about focusing and concentration, please let us know and write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org