How to Increase Your Concentration and Improve Your Productivity

Written by geordiejimb

Topics: Articles, Time Management

Do you find yourself easily distracted?  Trying to get something done but constantly finding yourself interrupted?  Those minor distractions and interruptions are having a huge effect on your ability to be productive.

Below is a list of tips that can help you plan ahead, remove distractions, and help you focus on the task at hand, all of which will improve your productivity!

Stop trying to multi-task – How focused can you really be if your mind is thinking about several different tasks at once.  People like to boast how capable they are at multi-tasking but in almost every case people are less productive when trying to concentrate on multiple tasks.

Remove common distractions – Let people know you are working and don’t want to be disturbed.  Avoid checking email and leaving Instant Messenger type programs running.  Set your phone to silent or turn it off.  The more potential distractions you remove, the less likely you are to be interrupted while you focus.

Plan your time in advance – Effective people know what they need to get done, and plan ahead to make sure they make the best use of their time.  Planning ahead also helps your brain get focused on the task at hand a lot faster – no distractions of planning and thinking about other things that need to be done, just a single task to focus on.

Break your tasks into smaller manageable tasks – Find your to-do list contains an entire days worth of work as a single item?  Even several hour’s worth?  Break up those tasks into smaller easier to manage chunks that only take an hour or two of time.  The longer you try to push work without breaks the less focused and productive you become.

Prepare your workspace – Trying to work in a cluttered environment where you can’t find the papers you need, the tools you need, or the notes you made just leads to wasted time, and often frustration.  Keep things organized and avoid the stress upfront.

Use a To-Do or Task List – Well prepared task lists help you keep what needs to be done in check, what priorities tasks carry, and how long each is expected to take.  This allows you to plan your days and weeks and know exactly what to work on to get the most done and make the best use of your time.

Practicing any of these tips should help boost your concentration and improve your productivity, but you will see the best benefit when you start using more of them in conjunction – the more preparation you do, the more distractions you remove, the better you will be able to focus and work to task.

Let me know if you found these tips helpful, would you like some more?