It’s Monday, and that means it’s a great time to talk about that elusive thing… focus.
Some of us find it easier to focus in the morning. Others, in the evening. Some, in crowded environments. Others, only in a room that is perfectly silent and free of windows.
When I was growing up, I typically waited to do my homework until night-time. I now realize that was a huge mistake, because I’m a morning person. When I try to complete any sort of task that requires brain power in the evening, I quickly become frustrated.
The way I feel when I try to do stuff in the evening is very similar to the way I felt when I tried to do my math homework at night. At the time, I just assumed it was my aversion to math. Now, I wonder how much better my grades would have been if I had completed those math problems before school.
But what I do know is that there are a variety of things that a person can do to improve their focus so that their work time is quite productive.
Here are three things to do to improve your focus:
Decide what time of day works best for you.
If you had told me that I was a morning person when I was growing up, I wouldn’t have believed you.
But… it’s early! How could I work best when it’s so early!
But after realizing that I would find myself wanting to do assignments in the morning, and finding it impossible to motivate myself to do them in the evening, I put two and two together.
So, I recommend that you experiment. If you think you’re a morning person, try doing some work at night. And vice versa.
If you find that you are a morning person, it doesn’t mean you’re weird. And you don’t have to tell anyone.
We’ll just give each other a silent, virtual high-five, then move on.
Put yourself in the right environment.
Do you like it quiet? Do you like it noisy? Can you work with a TV on? Do you need a perfectly still room?
I recommend you try out all of the above, just to see what actually works best for you.
If you find that you like a lively environment, but want to work at home, there is a great site/app for you.
Coffitivity lets you hear the sounds of a coffee shop as you work.
I like quiet when I work (or at least I thought I did!), so I was surprised by how much I benefitted from Coffitivity.
So, shake up your routine and find the environment that works best for you.
Change your materials.
Do you prefer to work on a laptop? A desktop? A tablet? Good old pen and paper?
I recommend mixing things up to see what actually works best for you.
I’ve found that, even though I love my iPad, there are some things that I like to do using pen and paper or a laptop better.
On the other hand, I’ve been surprised by some of the things that I would now rather use my iPad for.
Whatever you use to do your work, take a second look at it, and give some other materials a chance.
It may be the case that you’re using the materials that you are simply because it’s available. Which is fine, but you may find that you are more productive using something else.
Whatever you do to focus, let’s get focused.
It’s Monday, a perfect opportunity to get down to some productive-awesomeness.
What do you do to focus?