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3 Tips To Boost Your Focus And Productivity

If you think you’re being efficient by multitasking, then think again! These 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity are brought to you by Daan Harmsen.  The 3 headings he uses are focus, disconnect and controlled chaos. The first is self-explanatory, disconnect is about removing yourself from distractions, such as social media, phone calls, emails etc and the last is about managing your time effectively. Some people use systems to plan their days, but end up spending more time managing their systems than they do doing the work itself!

Multitasking Harmful For Your BrainFocus — One method that many people use to get more done is multitasking. Why do one thing, if you can do two things at one, and get twice as much work done? The problem with multitasking is that humans are notoriously bad at it: our brains are just not wired to be good at it. In fact, when you multitask, your productivity drops so much that you would be better off just doing one task after another. Answering e-mails and talking to someone on the phone at the same time might seem like a good use of your time, but it really isn’t. Focus on one thing at a time, and try to be completely present in the moment.

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Good to see multitasking slated among these 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity. Why? Not only is multitasking proven to be highly inefficient but it’s also proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains weren’t designed to switch from task to task all day long. A study at Harvard found that those who multitask were less able to concentrate and it affected their memories. You may argue though that it’s impractical not to multitask. Eben Pagan advises to do “enlightened multitasking” – which is about scheduling your multitasking – opening yourself to distractions for a fixed period of time, say an hour before lunch and an hour at the end of your day. Then you can focus for the rest of the day. Genius.


Declutter Your Home To Declutter Your Mind

I thought this article was spot on and decided to rename it to declutter your home to declutter your mind.  I felt the point needed to be accentuated.  It’s written by Evan Zislis for PostIndependent.com and I’ve excerpted my favourite points as usual.

Declutter Your Home To Declutter Your Mind

Brain Focus

Declutter Your Mind And Focus

What we forget is that it is as natural as breathing. The simple act of breathing can alter our mood, our physiology and our ability to regulate cognitive function. We breathe fresh air into our lungs, which provides oxygen rich blood to our brain, which reminds our body to work.

We exhale, and let go of carbon dioxide toxins building up in our lungs. Fresh air goes in, toxic gas goes out. In. Out. We get what we need, and then we let go. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. It feels wonderful, especially when we do it with thoughtful intention.

The same way that holding our breath can become poisonous to our bodies, holding on to the things we no longer need can strangle our ability to regulate healthy lifestyles.

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That last paragraph is rather poignant wouldn’t you agree? It’s imperative in my opinion that you declutter your home to declutter your mind if you haven’t already done so.  Once you have decluttered your mind, you’ll be able to establish focus with far greater ease, make decisions more easily, plan, organise and generally live a much less stressful life.