Improve Your Concentration | Improve Your Income
The internet is a tool of distraction. It promotes multi-tasking, which is counter-productive even if you disagree, by its very design. If you’re like me sometimes you end up at the end of the day with a dozen different windows open on your screen.
Here are some ideas to help you simplify your life and increase your income by helping you focus on the task at hand.
1. Eliminate the background noise. If you work in a noisy environment wear some noise cancelling headphones. If you work with the TV, radio, or music turned on in the background turn it off and notice if your concentration increases.
2. Stop multi-tasking. Studies prove that its nearly impossible to multi-task effectively. Our brains are wired to really allow 100% focus on one thing at a time. Don’t try to do two or more things half-ass. I.E. Check your emails once per day and then turn the function off.
3. Make your workspace is clean, well organized, and clutter-free. Our outer order contributes to our inner calm. Plus you won’t waste time looking for something on your desk that’s buried in clutter.
4. Break the OCD Loop. If you find yourself surfing the net by jumping from link to link – stop. Look up only what you need and minimize tangents and distractions.
5. Turn your cell phone notifications off. Hearing your cell phone ring, ding, or chirp will steer you in a direction that will only lead to distraction. It also increases our ‘jumpiness’ since its traditionally a call to action.
6. Exercise. I know, I know. Everyone tells you to exercise. Exercise calms your mind and your body which leads to increased concentration. It doesn’t have to involve a gym or lifting weights. I.E. After completing a task, get up from your computer and walk around.
7. Do your errands in one shot. Keep a list of things you need to do and create a simple plan to knock them out in one stretch of time.
8. Take a break from counting. In her book The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp mentioned an interesting approach: occasionally, for a week, she’d “stop counting.” She avoided looking at clocks, contracts, bank statements, bathroom scales, or anything to do with numbers, in order to let the other part of her brain take over.
9. Prioritize tasks. You can improve your concentration and focus by tackling the big jobs first and leaving the small stuff until later. Make a list of all the tasks you need to complete Assign each a designation on importance. Your “A List” might include anything with a deadline of today or tomorrow. The “B List” would consist of projects needing to be completed next week, while the “C List” catches loose ends like checking your email.