Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stay Focused

STAY FOCUSED
{Via}
Lately I have been having the worst time staying focused or staying still for that matter. Lately I have had so much on my mind it has been hard to focus on that task at hand. Also the fact that I am starting to get that winter cabin fever thing from where it is cold and gets dark so early, plus lets face it sometimes I, like everyone else, would rather do something fun instead of do some type of work. So I have done a little research and have decided to share with you some tips to help you {and me} stay focused!
1.             Keep an organized space – I don’t know about you all but when the space I am working in is starting to look disorganized it makes me feel disorganized and it can be distracting. Cleaning off your desk to include only the things you need to do the work at hand, and of course leave out photos and such.
2.            Create an inspiring workspace – No one that I know of wants to work in a space that is monotone and boring. Make your work area as much your own as you can, especially if your work area is at home!
3.            Make a to-do list – Just for me personally I always feels much more accomplished when I am marking things off a to-do list. This way you can visually see the things you have accomplished and start seeing that list get smaller and smaller.
4.            Eat a good breakfast – I am basically a useless person till I have had a shower and have eaten something, I just don’t turn into a functioning person till those two things happen. Studies have also shown that breakfast improves attention and concentration, plus it starts up your metabolism for the day.
5.            Drink water & stay hydrated – Being dehydrated can make you feel slow and lead to a headache. Drinking water and eating fruit is key to staying hydrated so you can think clearly throughout the day.
6.            Turn on some music – It has been proven that music can change the state of mind you are in. So if you are feeling tired just listen to something that will get you pumped up and if you are feeling stressed listen to something mellow. I have to admit I am one of those people who can’t work when it is completely silence so I really like the use of music to help keep me focused.
7.             Take a walk – Taking a quick little walk can help clear your head and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on task at hand when you return
8.            Take breaks – Taking breaks can help prevent you from burning out or getting tired of work early when you still have at least half of the day ahead of you.
9.            Reward yourself – Come up with a little something to reward yourself with after completing a task.
10.         Meditate – meditation may help to enhance different brain functions associated with attention. 

48 comments:

  1. nice post!

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  3. Great tips! I couldn't agree more with these!

    Hunter
    Prep on a Budget

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  4. I just wish I could get in more walks. Lately we have great weather and then it goes straight down the proverbial tube (i.e. today is going to be 40, yesterday was 60, 40 is too cold for me!)...I love the tips especially the water, music, and breakfast! Time for me to make my omelette! Love your blog as always!

    Amanda @ brownieworld.blogspot.com

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    1. Omelettes are the best! Thanks for the wonderful compliment!

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  5. I am gettting the same way too. Procrastination has been my best friend. And we all know thats not good for anyone! So I for sure am going to be using these tips also!!!

    Love Always,
    Elizabeth
    thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

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  6. Great tips, thanks for sharing dear!

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    Love,
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  7. Sometimes a short walk can help, too!

    x. jill
    beck daily

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  8. Great tips! Eating breakfast is something I often forget and overlook, but it's so important for your health and mental acuity!

    Ashley | History in High Heels

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    1. I totally agree, I haven't been great about eating breakfast lately either.

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  9. Excellent tips! Staying hydrated is a must! I always try to have a bottle of water next to me no matter what. Thank you for sharing :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have gotten so much better about drinking water and it really does make a difference. Happy to hear you liked this post!

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  10. Yes to all of these! I'm big on rewards. I feel like I've done almost everything on the list just this morning to give myself incentive to start my taxes...and now I'm procrastinating with blog reading, lol.

    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMinedblogspot.com

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  11. Great tips! Luckily spring is only a few weeks away so the weather will hopefully get nicer and the days will stay lighter longer. :)

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  12. I definitely agree about keeping an inspiring work space, I like to keep my work cubicle fun and festive and it definitely keeps me motivated.
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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  13. I feel you on this. I have had major 3L-itis. So I have made it my goal to make my bed every day and put things away. The organization is key to getting things done for me.

    Good luck! Sounds like you have a good idea of strategies to implement.

    Whitney
    www.MckenzieWild.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you did well on your 3L-itis!

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  14. These are great tips Lauren! I'm the same way with having to have my workspace clutter free and neat :) Also- love the glasses in your photo!

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    1. Being clutter free and neat is the way to be!

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  15. I totally agree. I need to be organized and my workspace needs to be the same. I was just thinking I need a change at work. I am on the look out for some new items for my office/desk.
    Thanks because I am over this winter too!

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    1. Kate Spade and Sugar Paper LA have some really cute desk things!

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  16. You are not alone! I feel so scattered lately, I've started spring cleaning early - in an effort to get organized and look forward to the better weather that hopefully will be coming soon! Great list to keep in mind. Thank you!
    http://monogramsandmarthamoments.blogspot.com

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    1. Any time! Good luck with the early spring cleaning!

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  17. I'm currently working on creating an inspiring work area! My desk at work is coming along, slowly but surely.

    You should check out the program Trello! It really helps me organize my thoughts, and its free! www.trello.com

    XX,SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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    1. I will definitely check that out, thanks for the tip!

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  18. Great post! Nice list of things to remember to do!

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  19. Great Suggestions!! I might give a few of these a try.
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    xx

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    1. I will be sure to stop by your blog a little later on :)

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  20. water, a good breakfast and a good organization can help to make your life much better and more focused, yes! these are very good advices!

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  21. Sometimes it really is hard to stay focused. I know exactly what you mean this past week I had some tough exams to study for. I'm glad that's over.
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    1. I am sure you did great on your exams!

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