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I'd Rather Watch Netflix (How To Stay Focused)

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused, I’m sure you agr…

Oi! … Oi!

I see you checking your phone, you didn’t even let me finish.

Just messing. I’ve even checked my phone while writing this.

You may have heard the word on the street that these days people struggle to concentrate for very long, namely younger generations. But, I see you Baby boomers on facebook, don’t go thinking this is a millennial and gen Z problem.

Anyway, as I was saying (by the way that was the second time I picked up my phone) these days we have a lot of stimuli and that can take our attention up, meaning that we don't flex those concentration muscles nearly as often meaning we can get unfocused.

Not only that, it can be hard to be disciplined long term. We all have things we want to do but without a bit of discipline long term our motivation can wear thin and we don’t finish whatever we want to.

Excuse me, yea still with me, good.

Here are a few tips to help you stay focused short term and long term.

#1: Look after yourself!

A healthy brain runs off a healthy body. That means, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, eating good things and doing exercise is going to help give that brain a boost! So if you’re feeling sluggish try moving (it doesn’t have to be a full on work out, just a walk will do), replacing fizzy drinks with water and see those small changes make a big difference.

#2: Swap facebook for a real book

Yea I know I’m not the first person to make that joke. But seriously reading is a lot better for your brain than your phone. It requires 100% of your concentration unlike your phone, cause lets face it we’ve all done the watch TV be on your phone and finish your dissertation evening. Anywho reading is a great way of practicing your concentration skills.

#3: Motivation is a myth

Obviously this isn’t quite true. However, this kind of mindset is what separates the successful from us lazy bums. It is their discipline that carries them through. If you want to write that book. Then set a time to do it every day and do it whether you feel inspired to or not and eventually the hard work and good habit will pay up much quicker than those that only do, when motivated.

#4: Pomodoro technique

This one I swear by. Remember your brain takes up energy and gets tired so it needs a rest every now and then. So every 40-45 minutes take a 15 minute break and concentrate on something else. Then come back to your original task. You’ll be fresher and guess what your cheeky brain has still been working secretly in the background so when you come back, you’ll have fresh ideas! You are welcome.

Well shucks, you made it to the end, cheers. For more great advice and humorous shenanigans, check out our Podcast episode ‘I’d Rather Watch Netflix (How To Stay Focused). Just click on the link below.

See you there!

Written by Joe

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