So lately I’ve been struggling a bit on how to keep myself focused when I want to finish doing one thing, and I just wanted to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past couple of months with any of you who might be struggling with constant social media checking or just not being able to finish what you wanted to do
(people like me who practically sleep with their phones in hand).
1. Get social media out of the way
It’s Friday morning, I sit down at my desk and think about all the things I need to do. What can I do to make it a productive day? I usually wake up and check all my e-mails, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp notifications, and then move on to Instagram (this one is probably the worst for me, since I now have many more notifications than I used to and I like to see who exactly has liked what, who has commented what, and who has posted what). Let’s just say that every morning is a moment of information bombardment, and I realise that if it’s a constant habit you have – be it healthy or not – you might as well count it in your every day “getting ready” routine.
Say, if you take 15min every morning to check all your e-mails, then make sure you set the alarm at a time where you can finish being up to date with everything before you leave the door. I find that one of the worst things I do is walk around London still checking my social media.
Get that all done at home and then focus on the road while you walk. You don’t know if one day you’ll fall over or someone will steal your phone from your hands! And then your day is ruined, so
SOCIAL MEDIA, CHECK.
2. It’s time to focus
I guess there are different views on what is important and what’s not, so you have to know what you need to get done that day rather than what you would actually like to do (I wish!). Maybe you check your dairy to know what you need to do, and if you have a lot to do on your list, it’s ok, you don’t have to do it all today.
Just try sticking with the most important tasks and try to focus on them for 20-25min with no distractions. Turns our that most people can give pure concentration to a task for between that time, with the most ambitious aiming at 45min. Drink some water, coffee, tea or your green smoothie, but make sure that you can keep concentrated for that amount of time with no distractions. Take 5min breaks to stand up and have a small little walk, go to the bathroom, listen to a song, or check your personal messages (as I know we all have those family WhatsApp groups that just keep on ringing all day!). But then get back to what you need to do with your phone upside down.
3. Track your progress
Nothing feels more rewarding than seeing your work paying off. But in order for work to pay off, I would suggest to keep track of it and realise if there is something you’re particularly good at or if there is anything that needs improving. We are our own best advocates after all, so be critical with yourself and check what is it that you like to do and you don’t.
Take a moment, breathe, write down any ideas that you may have swimming around in your head and turn off all email notifications that may distract you. Write down all your successes and remember the failures (no one wants to see on paper what we dislike about ourselves). But keep those in mind for whenever you are doing anything! If you are not disciplined, you may not get to where you want to be in the end!
For instance, multi-tasking is my greatest strength but also my greatest weakness. I love doing many things at the same time and I am quite fast in ticking them. However I often don’t realise how much more complicated and time-consuming some tasks some be, and that’s when I leave them half done and I shouldn’t.
And you? Do you have any other tips to stay more focused? Please do let me know!
Photography by Simon Way
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