Why Can’t We Focus?
Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all busy people. We have things that we’d like to get done and (hopefully) we understand that the time we have to do so is extremely limited. The only way to get all of the things that we want to get done, done is to focus. Focusing can be hard though, can’t it? We want to be productive, but time slips away from us. There’s always someone that wants to talk. Or there’s a reminder that pops up into our heads telling us that we forgot to do something.
Your Electronics Are Distracting You
This may be kind of cliche, but it’s true: electronic devices can and will throw you off of your game. Using your phone to check a phone call or to handle some business-related activity can turn into a flurry of activity that lasts for hours. While it may feel like productivity to furiously scroll through newsfeeds, you’re not getting anything done. Believe me. To get around this, I began to leave my phone alone completely while handling any kind of work. Sometimes, I even take great care to place my phone very far away from myself so that I’m not even tempted to check it. By restricting our ability to access our devices, we also limit our chances of getting distracted by the noises that they make. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. It works.
Take A Break to Recharge
Sometimes we just need to take a break. While this may seem counter-intuitive, it does work to ensure that we have stable levels of energy to use during our busier work days. Keep in mind that the breaks that we take don’t have to be very long (10-15 minutes works just fine). All that we need is enough time to give our minds a rest so that we can tackle our activities with a high level of ferocity. For example, in between tasks, I tend to work on a Rubik’s Cube for about 5-15 minutes. My work at solving the Rubik’s cube allows my brain to unwind for a moment, reducing some of the stress that I place on it.
Why is Toxic Productivity Encouraged?
Don’t forget that you need to rest. When we don’t get enough sleep, our minds aren’t able to focus well the next day. For some reason, entrepreneurs world-wide relish the fact that they are able to stay up for days on end and see it’s their dying for their craft. This mindset of toxic productivity is unhealthy and doesn’t work. When we stay up for extended periods and fail to get adequate rest during the night, we hinder our minds’ cognitive processing ability, attention span, and problem-solving skills.
Insomnia actually leads to “11.3 days of lost work performance,” according to a study conducted at Harvard. I’ve dealt with the effects of lack of sleep and what it does to our processing skills firsthand and I’m here to tell you one thing: get some sleep! Take the time to relax and recharge. Whatever your daily routine is, make sure you prioritize yourself because when you take care of yourself, you get more done.