The Thursday Stop is the time during my week that all things stop for a few minutes to reflect about my business and life. I use this time as a mental breather, to look back and forward at the direction things are going. Occasionally, I recall questions from customers and clients and share my answers with you.
In this Thursday Stop, I talk of the common problem that plagues many small business owners and entrepreneurs. This one issue can be so severe, it does not matter how focused or clear you are on what you need to do. Sometimes, the simple lack of concentration is your biggest enemy during your daily routine.
I have struggled with the lack of concentration many times and still do. Because of this, I am always on the lookout for ways to cure this recurring plague.
Here is a short list of activities I have picked up to make part of my day and keep my concentration sharp.
Listen to ambient, nature, or relaxing music/audio
Instead of having the radio playing in the background (or TV), which may end up playing a tune that you find yourself either humming along to or complaining about, try putting on headphones and listening to sounds that sooth the mind. Ambient sounds are a mixtures of tones and varying frequencies that can sound ‘ruddy mysterious.’ Nature sounds will often be of ocean waves, birds singing, or wind blowing, which can be relaxing and non-distracting.
Last, you have the option of classical music, but be careful. Classical music is great, but if you are listening to a symphony, it can get loud and distracting quickly. Instead, try listing to soft classical that has a nice smooth melody.
However you take your caffeine, keep taking it. If you are the type of person who benefits from a black coffee or energy drink, these beverages can give you the energy to get moving when you really need it. They can also aid you with concentration, as long as you aren’t over consuming your caffeine regularly.
Get out of the office, go somewhere boring
Yes, I know your office may be boring, but if you aren’t able to have great concentration while you there, it sounds like it is quite exciting! Seriously though, getting out of the office can be great for your concentration. The library or local coffee shop are your first stops. If you want to try something different, try a local park or nature area. Not only can these places be excellent at sharpening your concentration, they can also be inspiring.
Get away from the devices
This should be a given. Your electronic devices, such as your phone, tablet, computer, etc. can all play havoc on your concentration. When they are turned off, you can dedicate your mind to the task at hand. It is a good idea to leave the phone off or in a drawer. If that isn’t an option, I suggest turning off the ringer and notifications.
Using a lock screen on your computer can make it a bit more difficult for you to use it, but it will also keep you from brushing the mouse and checking email or social media. Of course, you can always turn the computer off as well.
How do you keep your concentration sharp?
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