It happens to all of us at one time or another. We start the day with every intention of being productive and staying focused on the task at hand. And then, we get an alert on our phones that someone commented on our post on Facebook or we get an email announcing a great sale at our favorite store or it’s a beautiful sunny day and we feel compelled to go outside and enjoy it (or conversely, it’s a cold and rainy day and we want nothing more than to take a nap). Before you know it, you’re caught in a web of distractions that make it nearly impossible to focus on the important tasks and activities that you have to do. What can you do refocus your brain?
1. Close out of social media. Although social media helps us stay connected to family, friends and clients, it can become a burden if you can’t resist the temptation to scroll through your newsfeed every five minutes. Instead, go on the offensive to prevent temptation before it strikes. Close out of your browser and turn off your smartphone’s notifications.
2. Turn off email alerts on your computer, or close out of your email program. It’s hard to get anything done if you keep getting alerted that you have a new email. Instead, turn off the alerts, and check your email when you’ve finished the activity.
3. Subscribe to an app like Shopilly, which helps to reduce the clutter of your email Inbox by moving the deals and coupons from your favorite retailers to your Shopilly Inbox. That way, you’ll see these deals when you’re ready to shop, not during your productive time.
4. Take a few minutes to relax and clear your mind. Close your laptop, turn off your monitor and turn off your phone. Just sit with your eyes closed and let the thoughts flee from your head. Sometimes you just need to clear your brain of all the clutter to help it focus better.
5. Go for a walk. If you’re having trouble focusing because the sunshine is calling you, then put on some comfortable shoes and take a walk. A twenty minute stroll around the block may be all you need to burn up excess energy and regain your attention.
6. Time block. There are many advantages to time blocking, one of which is that it gives you a time limit for your focus. It’s easier to concentrate when you know you have a break coming soon. Work in time blocks of an hour or ninety minutes to harness your attention more efficiently and effectively. Use Referral Maker™ real estate CRM to help you prioritize and time block your day so that you can focus on the proactive lead generating activities that will help your business thrive.
7. Focus on something else. If you find your mind wandering while you’re trying to do a particular task, say writing personal notes, focus on something else. You can always write your personal notes later in the day.
8. Indulge, but only for 15 minutes. The old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” If you’ve tried everything else and your mind is still wandering, then give in and indulge. Set a timer for 15 minutes and go crazy—let your mind and focus wander anywhere they want to go. Then come back to what you were working on with better focus.