Few people perform fully to their potential at work. A major reason for this is the abundance of distractions and disruptive influences they are exposed to almost continuously. Based on neuroscientific studies here are some tips.
𝟭. 𝗗𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲
To think and work in a focused way, your brain needs to know that a task is defined. Giving your tasks and meetings a clear start and ending point helps your brain to make optimal use of the available resources.
𝟮. 𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲
It is for a reason that you often get the best ideas when you are in the shower, driving a car or running. It usually works well to consciously take a break from a problem and let your brain do its work subconsciously in the meantime. Look outside for a while, it will help relax your brain.
𝟯. 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝘁𝗼-𝗱𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁
By completing a list of tasks in a structured way, we activate our reward system, motivate ourselves and reduce feelings of stress.
𝟰. 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸
Just like our bodies, our brains get tired at some point. The capacity of the human brain is limited. Make sure you have intermediate goals and take enough breaks in between to give your brain the much-needed rest.
𝟱. 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗿
The level of attention is largely determined by how close we are to the source that stimulates our brain. To come up with new ideas, we need to work in spaces where we can hear everyone.
The reality is that sitting for too long in at a time negatively affects concentration. Exercise boosts the production of the protein BDNF, which is needed for learning new things, remembering things and thinking in concepts.
𝟳. 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴
Our brains are simply not suited to continuously focusing our attention on multiple things at the same time. The more we do it, the worse we are able to prioritise
𝟴. 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳
Everyone knows the feeling when you actually need to concentrate, but your thoughts are running in all directions. Activities such as writing, drawing or talking (to yourself, your computer, your phone or other things that don’t talk back) help to clear your mind and detach from things that distract you from what you need to do.