Focus! Tips for Boosting Concentration

Published Wednesday, August 03, 2011 2:08 PM

We 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

Find a quiet place to work. Not an option in your office? Try noise canceling headphones.

Co-workers 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.

Take 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. 

How do you ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand? Do you have tips for concentrating? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.



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