How to Concentrate: 10 Tips to Increase Concentration and Productivity

10 Tips to Increase Concentration

Learning how to enhance your focus is all about developing the correct mentality, which may require changing your attitude and surroundings.

However, you influence both of these factors; how you see life and your surroundings can be readily altered with a little willpower.

Learning to get things done more effectively is a life-changing opportunity, whether you want to remain focused when studying, at work, or on your objectives.

1. Write a to-do list

Creating a to-do list every morning is an excellent way to see your day at a glance.
It also makes your objectives that much more tangible!
I feel thrilled just thinking about checking items off my to-do list-it’s the combo of doing something and knowing that tomorrow’s list will be full of new possibilities!

How to Write a To-Do List:

Grab a pen and paper or your favourite app to make your to-do list.
Then think about the following:

1. How long do you have to get it done?

Is your to-do list task or project-focused, updated daily, weekly, or monthly?
I prefer to make a monthly to-do list at the beginning of each month. Following that, I’ll establish weekly objectives that are further subdivided into daily and even task-specific targets.

2. Is it reasonable?

Consider how long you believe each project will take you as you begin composing your to-do list.
Multiply that by three now!
We have a propensity to bite off more than we can chew, but making a long to-do list will only make things more difficult to complete.
You want your list to be checked off at the end of the day, not just one-third of the way through!
To give you an example, as a busy parent and company owner, I only set three key objectives every day – because things happen, plans change, and that’s OK.

3. Do tasks range in difficulty? 

Having a range of tasks on your to-do list is a good idea.
Choose activities that vary in duration, difficulty, and delight.
For example, I prefer to include a half-hour of exercise in my schedule!
It’s something I’ve grown to like doing because it makes me feel good both physically and emotionally, and I know I can do it from beginning to end every day.
Including a few tasks to reward yourself is also a good way to break up a long workday!

4. Have you prioritized the essentials?

Make a list of any jobs that must be completed and proceed in the order that makes sense to you.
I generally begin with a routine chore or something I loves doing before tackling the most difficult of my requirements.
Instead of the chore, you’re most dreading looming over your head all day, you’ll discover freedom and mental clarity in knowing it’s completed!

5. Have you estimated how long each task will take? 

Think about how long each job on your to-do list will take and make a note of it.
If you want to be even more particular, you could do this in hours (i.e., 12:00–1:30 pm)—set a timer on your phone and when it goes off, put your pens down!
How long will your to-do list take? Have you given yourself at least 20 minutes between objectives and a half-hour for each meal?
Make sure to provide adequate time for work and brief breaks.
If your to-do list consumes more than 24 hours or the amount of time left in your day, it’s time to make a change.

2. Set reasonable goals

Are your objectives attainable? Have you considered all of the actions that will be required to achieve them? Have you established realistic time frames for achieving each of your objectives?
Your objectives should be SMART, which stands for precise, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
Because the activities at hand are actionable, this type of goal setting promotes motivation to do them.

Setting realistic objectives and making a strategy on how to achieve them can set you up for success.
Because everyone needs a map to go to a new and interesting place!

3. Break down larger tasks

Separating your objectives into smaller ones brings organization to new endeavours!
Consider breaking down a term paper or new blog post into the following components instead of addressing it as a whole:
  • research / evidence
  • outline
  • introduction
  • table of contents
  • main arguments / points
  • summary / conclusion
  • graphics

Sitting down to create an outline for your latest work gives considerably more direction than staring at a blinking cursor; you have a goal that has to be completed, and it may be as basic or as extensive as you like.
Consider it like a puzzle: to complete the image, you must first break it down into smaller, connected parts.

4. Take care of distractions

I don’t know about you, but I can’t concentrate when there are distractions everywhere around me!
Whether it’s a cluttered room or a dreaded phone call, I like to remove distractions from the way.
Consider the issues that are bugging you before starting work.
Is your workstation disorganized? Clean it up.

Hungry? Consume something!
When your thoughts aren’t straying to anything you’ve put off, you’ll have a clean head to concentrate on your dreams.

5. Before you begin, complete something else

Choose one of the easier tasks on your to-do list and do it!

A modest activity completed from start to finish always helps me feel in charge of my day.

This generally consists of cleaning up my kitchen—emptying and reloading the dishwasher, washing the countertops, and table.

I like looking at the area we worked so hard to refurbish, as well as the clutter-free countertops.

After all, free space equals a clear mind!

Getting 30 minutes of exercise before you sit down to work is another way to be motivated that’s just 2% of your day to get it done from start to finish. There are no exceptions!

6. Unplug everything

Consider turning off alerts on your phone, computer, and/or tablet since technology can consume important time that might be spent elsewhere!

I also utilize my iPhone’s Do Not Disturb option to avoid distractions when working.

If possible, going old school with a pen and paper feels excellent as well – I do this when I’m drafting blog post outlines or meal planning to give my eyes a vacation from screens!

Unless you’re performing research or utilizing a web-based application, logging out feels refreshing, and if you want to go any farther, take your job outside!

Getting outdoors, according to a study, can:

7. Start with the worst-case scenario

Getting the thing you’re most afraid of out of the way feels free.

And it’s even better when you complete it first thing in the morning there’s still so much space for improvement!

Your worst job may be the most boring or difficult one on your list. And when you look over your to-do list, you’ll know which one it is in the back of your mind.

The one that makes you want to scream!

As a blogger, the thing I despise doing the most daily is making and publishing new Pinterest pins. I know they have to go out to produce results, but I simply don’t like it.

To clear my thoughts, I must first do this work; else, it will consume my whole day.

My favourite thing to do is write, so I keep that one for the conclusion of my work day.
Many individuals, including myself, endure a mid-afternoon slump, sometimes known as the 2:30 slump.

Some possible explanations include:

  • eating a carb-heavy lunch
  • sitting for long hours
  • dehydration
  • drop in body temperature

I’ve discovered that completing my most despised objective before this time helps me remain energised throughout the day-since the last thing you want to do when you want to do nothing is something you’ve been putting off!

Accept the challenge of completing everything and begin with the most difficult task first.

8. Take a break

Even a 5-minute pause between chores will help you re-energize.
According to research, taking regular breaks may also:

  • prevent negative physical health effects
  • prevent decision fatigue
  • restore motivation
  • increase creativity 
  • promote productivity
  • improve learning and memory

Not used to taking time off in your day? The Pomodoro Technique is a great way to build a new habit! This process consists of six steps: 

  1. Choose a task to accomplish
  2. Set a timer for a 25-minute interval or “Pomodoro” (or “tomato” in Italian, after the shape of popular kitchen timers)
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings
  4. Put a checkmark on a piece of paper after the timer rings
  5. Take a short 5-minute break
  6. Take a  longer 15-minute break after every four Pomodoros

Learning when to take a break might be difficult, but it is critical to maintaining a high energy level throughout the day.
Take short rests between chores and remember to set aside time for lunch!
Taking numerous breaks throughout the day is a terrific way to balance productivity and well-being.

9. Get adequate sleep

Every night, your body requires at least seven to eight hours of sleep.
A 2018 study of over 10,000 people discovered that when people receive less than the recommended amount, their cognitive function suffers in the following areas:

  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

10. Walk away and try again later

If you’re having a bad day or simply can’t seem to find the motivation, come back later-it maybe 15 minutes from now or tomorrow.
If this endeavour isn’t going as planned, get a cup of coffee and go on.
A clean mind and fresh eyes may make all the difference—you’ll be less likely to make errors and more likely to remember new information.


Which piece of advice for staying focused did you need the most? How do you get ready for a fruitful day? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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