It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start working on a new you! It’s time to sit down and really find out ways to make yourself a better person this year. There are hundreds of different things that you can do for that, but we need to talk about getting focused this year. Focus is the hardest thing for people to have, especially when it comes to school work or our jobs. Here’s a few tips to help you get focused in the new year.
First of all, you really need to figure out what it is that makes it so hard for you to stay focused. For some people it’s the distraction of the internet on our laptops. For others it’s the temptation of TV or other things that might be better. We need to identify what our problem is so that we can actually start figuring out how to get focused again.
If internet is the problem, try adding something onto your internet browser that blocks you from using social media or time-wasting websites. If you use Chrome for your internet browsing, there are multiple extensions that you can download to help block these sites, such as Stay Focused or Work Mode. These give you small periods of time to go on these sites before kicking you off of them so that you can get the work you need done on time. It’s a very simple idea, but it can save you from having a two hour Facebook binge when your five page paper is due.
Typically that’s the biggest reason why people can’t focus, but other problems can come up to. Stress and anxiety are huge reasons why focus can deteriorate. Stress and anxiety can make our bodies go into a “fight or flight” mode, making it harder to concentrate. Our body thinks that it has to possibly flee the area, so it’s constantly on edge, keeping you from relaxing and settling into your work. Try doing some meditation right before working, or possibly creating a relaxing and comforting space to start working. Candles, aromatherapy, or even a salt lamp can truly help de-stress and keep that anxiety at bay.
One final reason why you probably can’t focus is that you’re not into what you’re trying to accomplish. Personally, I dislike trying to write something that I have no interest in. It makes things ridiculous and I end up staring at a blank page for a long time. Try finding some ways to make the project more enjoyable. Maybe that means having a small jam session while you work, or even talking to a friend about it first so they can make it seem better. Whatever it might be, try to find anything that makes the project more enjoyable.
Make sure that one of your goals this year is to get more focused. Focus is a problem for many people, especially when it comes to school work or a job. Try your best to identify what it is that makes it so hard for you to focus. After that, figure out ways to fix the problem and make a new habit of getting work done efficiently and on time. Stay focused on this new resolution and I’m sure you’ll solve all your focus issues!
TXTgirl :: Orange County
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