The 30 minute trick
Sometimes we find it really hard to focus on one thing at a time - and the result is that many things become unfinished and this can cause us to feel unfocused and unproductive. In order to concentrate fully on one task the first thing that can be useful is to close down any distractions - such as social media, emails and any messaging devices that may 'ping' and cause you to lose focus. Don't worry - this is only for a short time. Once you have closed these all down - turn to your task and set a timer on your computer or phone for 30 minutes. Commit yourself fully to the task for the duration of the timer and know that at the end of that time you will be able to check emails, social media, or any other urgent tasks that may have come up. When the 30 minute timer goes off, stop what you are doing, stand up and stretch through your body. Walk around your desk, or poke your head outside for a blast of fresh air. Take a sip of water, check anything you need to, and then sit back down for another 30 minute stint. Before you know it you will have whizzed through your to do list!
What You'll Need
- A timer on your phone or computer
What You'll Do
Tips & Warnings
- If 30 minutes doesn't work for you, try 20 minutes first. Putting your phone on Airplane mode can also help to avoid the temptation to check your phone.
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