By the time, I finish this article, I guarantee you, I would have checked my phone for the 25th time. Then, I would also have opened a new tab and another one to compare prices of the dress that I?ve been lusting after. Maybe I’ll get snacks or a coffee, and think about another story idea, and then finally come back to this one.
Today, most of us grapple with what is called ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) where our attention is on ten different things, but never on one particular thing. That?s because we?ve got so much on our plate, and we need to finish it by hook or crook. Many might be confusing it with multi-tasking, but it?s NOT the same. ADD is not going to help you as it?s a threat to your concentration skills. However, it can be dealt with. Here?s how to deal with it. Do we have your complete attention?
Mostly, your phone is to blame for this. How many times have you ignored your friends, family, and acquaintances while you were busy scrolling? You want to tweet, Instagram, check Facebook and take selfies, all at the same time. If you want to get some work done, don?t look at your phone for some time. Put it away, to where it isn?t easily accessible.
Opening hundreds of tabs, not only makes your computer slow but also eats your attention. Try opening a maximum of five tabs in your browser. More than that will divert your attention, therefore stick to five.
It?s a sure shot way to get things done. Making lists not only keeps you organised but also helps you to get things done quickly. Before starting your day, make a list and keep ticking off items as you?re done with each.
And by that, we mean get up from your seat and do what you like to do in your pastime. It can be listening to your favourite song or reading a paragraph from your favourite book and then get back to your work again.
If your colleague insists you watch the trailer of a movie while you?re working then say ?later?. Because distractions will stop you from concentrating on your work.
When there is negative energy around, you tend to feel demotivated and don?t feel like concentrating on work. Avoid people with negative energy – this will increase your productivity and input.
Be it keyboard shortcuts or a new work hack, keep learning things that make work easy and fun and not a burden.
When you add tender loving care to whatever you do, not only does it come out great, but it also increases your concentration levels and productivity.
You can do this by solving Sudoku puzzles, crosswords or playing chess because studies claim that these can improve ADD symptoms such as poor concentration because it stimulates the creation of new brain cells.
Deadlines are not harsh – in fact, they get things done. Therefore, set a time limit with your work and take it seriously. Try finishing off the work in that time frame to make way for the rest of your chores.
Therapy would help you focus on self-image, and will curb negative thinking. It will also help you understand where you?re going wrong and apply cognitive thinking to daily life situations. ADD can get out of hand, so getting psychological help will be beneficial.