3 Frustrating Reasons That Focus is Suffering
By Genevieve Cunningham
Losing focus is one of the most frustrating things. Perhaps you’re rocking along on an assignment or a project and suddenly everything else floods your mind. Getting back to the task at hand can feel impossible. Even though we all know this feeling, why exactly does it happen? And more importantly, how can we prevent it? If losing focus is a frustrating occurrence in your life, take a look at these possible reasons why, followed by some tips for getting back on track.
Sleep Patterns are Not Regular
Sleep is vital to the function of both the mind and body. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s likely getting in the way of focus. The brain knows it needs to pay attention, but it also knows it needs some rest and recuperation. Essentially, it wars back and forth between the two, which manifests as a lack of focus. The key is not necessarily more sleep (though it can help), but rather about consistent quality sleep. How is this accomplished? With a regular bedtime and wake up time, dark and cool rooms, and a distraction free sleeping zone.
Distractions are Rampant
Sometimes a lack of focus is entirely our own faults. If a workspace is riddled with distractions, it’s going to be especially tough to stay on task. Numerous open tabs on the laptop, a smartphone full of text messages or social media alerts, laundry stacked in the corner of a home office … all of these can keep the mind occupied on everything except for the task at hand. How can these be eliminated? Just make sure that your workspace is clean, organized, away from home obligations, and as distraction-free as possible.
Health is an Afterthought
Poor health can truly affect every part of the body, and this absolutely includes focus. If health is just an afterthought in life, it can absolutely keep you from concentrating on appropriate tasks. Instead of grabbing fast food every night or skipping the workout for days in a row, make sure that exercise and healthy foods are part of your everyday life. The healthier you can keep the body, the healthier the mind, and the easier it is to pay attention to work, projects, or whatever needs your current concentration.
Losing focus and becoming distracted is definitely going to happen. It happens to everyone, and that’s OK! But it’s also possible to limit these frustrating moments by keeping these thoughts in mind. With some special attention and a little diligence, you may find your focus jump back on track so that you can be more productive than ever before.
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