Thanks to work overload, digital devices and packed schedules, it seems like multitasking has become a default mode for most of us. But attempting to keep that up can lead to distraction and stress – not to mention a decline in quality for the task you’re trying to accomplish.
“We’ve bought into this idea that if you can fit it all in, then you can have it all,” says Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. The better strategy, he says, is to work on focus instead – for one particular task at a time.
By ditching multitasking, you can cut distraction, lower stress levels, and put more of your energy into what’s essential instead.
Here are a few tactics to boost your focus fast.
DRINK SOME WATER
Feeling just a little parched? Your performance might plummet. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, participants struggled with concentration and mental skills when they were even mildly dehydrated. It might be because neurons in your brain can detect dehydration, which can trigger parts of your brain that regulates mood and certain functions.
ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT
If the air-con’s broken – or on full blast 24/7 – you might find it harder to focus on what’s in front of you. A US survey found that productivity can suffer if workers perceive the temperature as too hot or too cold. I