These days, it can be much more difficult to focus when there is so much going on in the world. It can even be incredibly frustrating when you feel overwhelmed with information, news, and so many crises going on in the world at the same time.
When there are more distractions than ever, how can we really get “in the zone” when it comes to our work or other tasks we may be pursuing?
My first recommendation is to limit your screen time.
If you have an iPhone, it is super easy to set a time limit for yourself for how much screen time you want to be spending on certain apps, and you can even whitelist certain apps that you do need access to at all times.
So, if you want to be done with social media by 7pm every night but want to ensure you can always access your email, it’s incredibly easy to set those limits in your phone.
My second recommendation is to ensure you have a dedicated work space, if possible, in your home.
As tempting as it is to stay comfy in bed while working from home, this can be very confusing for your brain, and may cause your brain to associate work with your bed, and make it more difficult for you to actually fall asleep in your bed.
By having a separate work space (ideally not in your bedroom either), you are able to have a place where you can really focus and create more of a separation between work and personal life, at home.
My last recommendation is to schedule breaks.
Seriously, put “Break 1:30-2:00” or however long you feel is right, in your calendar.
Especially if you are an entrepreneur, it is so easy to start working at 8am in the morning and then look up and see an entire day has passed you by. This can cause us to become extremely burned out, feel resentment towards our jobs/businesses, and just feel unmotivated.
By scheduling breaks in your calendar, you will ensure that you have dedicated time to relax.
Whether your break includes watching videos, going for a walk, or spending time with your pets or working on a hobby, you will give your brain the time it needs to recharge and gain focus for when you do get back to work.
These things can heavily affect our focus and productivity, and during this time it is extremely important to remember to take care of ourselves, and do what is right for our bodies and minds.
Here's To Your Aliveness,
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.