live and work in a distracting world. The ping of incoming emails, texts and
calls makes concentrating a challenge. Want to enhance your ability to focus? Read
on for tips on optimizing concentration.
Minimize Outside Distractions
a quiet place to work. Not an option in your office? Try noise canceling
quick to distract you? Let colleagues know a closed door is a no-interruption
zone. Cube dwellers can opt for a "closed" sign at their cube entrance to serve
as a gentle reminder that it's quiet time.
technology breaks; turn off your phone ringer, close down your email.
Scheduling "technology-free" periods throughout the day can allow you to drill
down on the task at hand.
Maximize Inside Focus
Having trouble focusing on the big
picture? Break projects into discrete
chunks and tackle one at a time.
Jettison bad habits, such as reliance
on caffeine or erratic work styles, and spend time assessing when and how you
perform optimally. A combination of optimal work scenarios in combination with
regular breaks will allow concentration to flourish.
Rest, relaxation, exercise and good nutrition
all will help increase concentration. Burning the candles at both ends results
in scattered focus at best.
For more tips, we like the advice in Web MD's 6 Top Concentration Killers
Straying from the task at hand? Here's how
to regain your focus.
do you ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand? Do you have tips for
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.