I have ADD (Attention Defiste Disorder) Yes, its a real thing. I have struggled with maintaining focus all my life. Keeping focus is harder for some people, more than others. I thought I'd share some ways to help you improve your focus.
1. Unplug Get rid of as many distractions as you possibly can. Silent your phone. (NOT ON VIBRATE, OFF, OR DONT DISTURB) If you are working on a laptop close out social media and your email. Try to work in a space with little too no distractions.
2. Prepare Your Brain to Focus
Let your body and mind find stillness before you begin your work. Find a quiet place, sit in a tall comfortable sitting position. Take a few deep inhales and exhales. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Bring awareness/attention to your chest. Feel your chest rising and falling on each breath as you breathe in and out of your nose. Do this for about 5-8 minutes or until you feel focused and calm. If you want to cultivate focus practice attention through meditation.
3. Doodle or Listen to Music
If I am listening to a lecture I just doodle. It helps me stabilize my mind and keeps me at an optimal level of focus. Doodling aids in cognitive performance and recollection. Listening to music does not help me no matter if the music has words or not. Music only distracts me. Some people find it easier to focus on their thoughts with music. If you have never tried music or doodling to help you focus, give it a shot.
4. Take short breaks
After focusing hard and for long periods our mind gets tired and even more distracted. Give yourself short 10-15 minute breaks then come back to your project starting the steps over again.
These are just some tricks I use to improve my focus. How do you stay focused?