Have you ever thought to yourself, “I just don’t have enough time, energy, or focus to get everything done?” We live busy lives and it can often be difficult to concentrate on certain tasks during the day. If you don’t get everything done, you feel overwhelmed and that leads to stress. If you have trouble staying focused during the day, try some of these all-natural tips to stay focused and alert.
If you have a lot on your to-do list, take on tasks one at a time. Doing many tasks at once can kill your productivity and makes it harder for your brain to focus on one task. Studies show that you are more efficient if you only do one task at a time. Alternate between tasks that requires more and less thinking.
Use Your Time Wisely
Set a timer for 25 minutes and during that time, give your undivided attention to the task at hand. Once the 25 minutes is up, you can have a short break. Give yourself a few minutes to clear your mind and don’t think about anything. Repeat this 25-minute block method for as many times as you need throughout the day. Concentrating in shorter periods of time makes getting things done less overwhelming. It helps break up your day in more manageable chunks.
Go for a walk or do some light exercise to get your blood pumping. This increases oxygen flow to your brain which helps you focus better. Getting up and moving around every hour clears your mind and makes you more productive.
Limit How Much Sugar You Eat
Although sugar can temporarily boost your focus and energy, it has an overall negative effect on your body. Spikes in sugar can affect your attention span, so it feels easy to focus on something one minute and difficult to maintain your focus the next. You may get a few minutes of concentration but afterward, you’ll feel tired and sluggish. Sugar can affect your memory and ability to learn – so enjoy sparingly.
Be Careful with Coffee
Coffee actually supports your concentration but drink it in moderation. Caffeine in coffee improves mental alertness and makes is easy to focus. However, this doesn’t mean you should drink more coffee to have more focus. In fact, you should drink less caffeine per day so what you do drink will be more effective. Give yourself time between each cup of coffee and drink during key times of the day when you need to focus. If you do prefer drinking coffee throughout the day, consider switching to decaf.
Eat Brain-Healthy Foods
Certain foods help you stay focused more easily. Having a protein rich breakfast can set your day up for success. Have a hard-boiled egg or hearty whole oats. Foods that help you focus are berries, leafy green vegetables, nuts, fatty fish, dark chocolate and herbs like rosemary and turmeric. When taking a break, have a snack with some of these foods.
Remember to Breathe
When checking email or working on a computer screen, we tend to hold our breath. In the middle of a task, take three deep breaths to keep yourself going. Breathing techniques can help you relax and helps your brain get the oxygen it needs. Don’t get overwhelmed and keep you cool. The most important technique to stay focused: just keep breathing!