We live in a fast-paced digital world.
Technology and social media have been advancing at lightning speed in recent years. And this isn't always a bad thing. In fact, there are so many advantages of these advancements. However, the danger lies in not being able to use technology for our own good. Working from home is slowly becoming the norm and finding the line between work and rest is becoming more and more difficult. Finding your own version of focus can be difficult when there are so many distractions around us.
With social media always distracting us every minute of the day, it's easy to multitask and lose focus. Even when we know a notification on Instagram or Facebook is keeping us from what we really should be doing, it’s hard to resist technology and social media.
There are numerous ways digital interruptions are damaging to our output, from impairing our cognitive function, weakening our productivity, and reducing the quality of our work. Studies show that the average office worker's attention gets interrupted every three minutes. This is why it is essential to take the necessary steps to eliminate or minimize distractions to create a more conducive workplace.
Here are a few steps to get started:
1. Have a plan the night before.
Without a plan or to-do list of what we need to accomplish the next day, we can waste time choosing between endless options. So in order to win the day, you must start by planning the night before.
2. Get enough sleep the night before.
Aside from planning your day, it's essential to get a good night's rest in order to have a fresh mind the next day.
3. Create a distraction-free environment.
Create habits that help you focus by first eliminating distractions. Turn off the notifications on your phone, or better yet, put your phone in silent or airplane mode. Only open tabs on your laptop that you need for the task at hand. Close the door to your workroom or inform others that you cannot be disturbed during this time.
4. Set your main objectives every day.
Consider writing down two to three things that need to get done the next day. Don't overwhelm yourself with too much.
5. Practice meditation.
Before starting a task or your day, give yourself a few minutes of silence. Let your thoughts wander, but don't react to them. Just be the observer of your thoughts. During these few minutes of meditation, practice deep breathing to get back to your center.
6. Take a walk.
When things feel too overwhelming and you can't seem to focus, take a walk outside. Taking even a few minutes a day away from your work area can help recharge your mind.
7. Use headphones.
When we use headphones and put on some music to help us focus, this not only helps us mentally but also signals others not to disturb us. Researchers suggest listening to classical or instrumental music to improve concentration.
It may take some time for you to be able to learn how to focus in a noisy world. It also takes different methods for everyone since each person is unique. Find your own way and what works best for you.
If you need help quieting your mind, another good way to do so is to talk to a friend or professional. Wellnite is here to help!