Here are 7 practical and desi tips to help you stay focused in education or at work by managing distraction, drawing healthy boundaries, and eliminating opportunities for procrastination.
1. “Ek Sadhey Sab Sadhey – Sab Sadhey Sab Jaye”
In today’s ever-demanding world, many of us think about part time jobs, careers or opportunities for alternate income. I personally don’t see much problem in that, it’s also said that don’t put all eggs in one basket. But such scenario surely leads to mess and confusing day schedules and leads to procrastination. That’s the problem. Now one of the practical solutions can be “One Time One Project” kind of focus. This idea I have got from Yogi jis ODOP policy. For me it works and for many of us it can work if we really define focus hours, weeks or days for a single project and then give our best to that.
2 . Keep Your Vision & Goals in Mind
First things first, why do you even need to focus? Do you want to become a skilled guitar player? Do you want to write a novel? Do you want to start working from home?
Think about it.
Knowing why we need to stay focused can help us push through the tough and tedious parts of accomplishing our goals. That’s when our ability to focus is really tested and when it’s most needed.
3. Become an early bird.
This is a simple thing, but the rewards are great if you can pull it off: Start your workday an hour before everyone else. Use that hour to organize your day and to get started before there are any distractions. Similarly, skip the long office lunches most days and instead give yourself a short break to take a walk or clear your head, with something light and nutritious to keep your blood sugar steady. You’re literally giving yourself time and energy.
Are you working long hours? Lagging behind? Let go of your ego and let go of your workload. Give your staff the challenges they want, and give yourself a break. You’ll become more efficient and your team will welcome the trust and faith you’ve invested in them.
We’ve given you some great tips. But are you really up for the challenge? If your answer is yes, then brace yourself — you’re going to be making significant sacrifices and changes in your daily routine.
5. Use Airplane Mode or Silent Mode
You can also use airplane mode to limit text message and phone call interruptions during certain times of day. If the idea of doing this gives you anxiety, you can always exempt specific numbers, such as those of loved ones or valued and important business associates. You can set “Do Not Disturb” mode on an iPhone to allow your designated “favorite” contacts to get through, while silencing other calls or messages.
6. Find the Right Place to Do Work
Some students work best with a little background noise, while others need complete quiet. Get to know your work style and the type of atmosphere you prefer. Are you the kind of person who works better in silence at the library? Or do you prefer the campus coffee shop with ambient noise? Try a few different spaces and see how each study session works out.
7. Break Down Your Work into Smaller Tasks
Defeat procrastination by breaking a large project into small pieces. It’s easier to motivate yourself to do something in smaller tasks rather than jumping into a huge one. If you’re having a difficult time studying or getting work done, break up your time effectively. Try giving yourself a 10-minute break for every 45-50 minutes of work you do. Studies show that taking breaks can help you retain information and increase productivity.