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April 3, 2014 12:00 am

5 Tips to Improve Your Focus

5 Tips to improve your focus!

Some days you just can’t get your brain to focus on the things you need to do. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there before. You’re trying to write a report (yawn) and you end up planning out your entire wedding on Pinterest. You need to reply to the twenty urgent emails in your inbox… and you instead play two consecutive hours of Farmville on Facebook. With so many appealing distractions always at our fingertips it can be quite the challenge to actually get down to business. Not to worry, there are ways to get your focus back. Just procrastinate a little while longer and reads our tips below…

1. Move it!

Walking around and stretching your body will promote blood flow to your brain and limbs, which in turn will help you concentrate.  Take advantage of your break or lunch hour and go for a quick stroll, even if it’s just once around the block. Switching up your surroundings for 15 minutes will make you feel refreshed, and might even inspire a great idea!

2. Beautify your space

Is your work space looking a little uninspired? This could be the reason for your lack of focus. If your space is uninspiring, your work can be uninspiring… and that’s pretty unmotivating. The solution? Make your surroundings a little more appealing. Near a window? Bring in a vase of fresh flowers. Work in a cubicle? Utilize those walls! There are so many creative work space solutions out there (click here to get inspired).

And don’t forget to keep things organized. Studies have shown that a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. Spend some time organizing your files and work space, paying special attention to your actual computer files. Cleaning up your personal drive will lift a heavy virtual weight off your shoulders!

3. Prioritize

It might be time to write yourself a little thing called a To-Do List. Sometimes it’s as simple as writing all your tasks down on paper and numbering them in order of importance. Knowing what to tackle first can be a BIG help.

4. Unplug  and tune in

If you’re on a deadline and are having trouble focusing just putting away your phone and closing your email can do wonders for your concentration. Give yourself an hour without distractions and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Trust us, there’s more than enough time in each day to accomplish everything you need to and catch up on all your friend’s most recent Facebook statuses. Promise.

If you work in a small office space or even just one where dividers and cubicles have not yet been introduced (open concept can be great for collaboration, but not so great when you need to do a little solo work), you might need to throw on a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Even if you don’t intend on listening to music, at least you won’t get distracted by the discussions going on around you.

5. Grab a snack

Feeling restless? Take a 5 minute break to grab a tall glass of ice water and a handful of berries and nuts (throw a few chocolate chips in there if you’re experiencing a particularly trying day). The ice water will jump start your metabolism and wake you up, and the berries and nuts are super foods that boost cognitive functioning. The chocolate, well, we all just need a little chocolate sometimes…

Give ’em a try, and let us know if these tips helped you to improve your focus!