Focus hacks here are a few important “mind hacks” to help you improve your focus for the day. Taking Care of Yourself First


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FOCUS HACKS

Here are a few important “mind hacks” to help you improve your focus for the day.



Taking Care of Yourself First

Our  priority  should  be  making  sure  we  are  whole  healthy  human  beings.  When

our  physical  and  mental  health  is  declining,  there  is  no  way  we  can  give  our

business our full potential. Here are some important self-care tips to improve your

focus.

Make sure you get enough rest (7-8 hours of sleep). Your brain will not

function at capacity when you are tired. While you sleep, your body can re-set

and heal.

Eat well-balanced meals. Healthy snacks help your brain function at its

best. Try superfoods and increase your amount of green leafy vegetables. Meal

planning is extremely helpful as well as trying to go to the grocery store only

once a week. Use stores that offer online pickup or delivery for extra

productivity points.

Drink more water. Dehydration can cause loss of concentration and focus,

according to a

study at Georgia Tech

. Most authorities recommend at least

eight 8-ounce glasses a day.

Exercise regularly. Moderate exercise can increase alertness and energy that

will help you be

more productive at work

. Regular exercise is also important



to prevent diseases that can cause you to miss out on work. If you can’t make

it to the gym, try taking the stairs at work. Aim for 30 minutes a day at least 5

times a week.

Spend some time outdoors. Being in nature helps us bring our mind and

body back into balance. Take a few minutes out of your schedule to take a

walk outside. Look at the trees, listen to some water flowing, or just take in

some sun.



Try meditation. Mindfulness is a great practice to help clear the mind of

clutter and be in the present moment. There are paid apps like

Headspace

and


Calm

that can help you practice mindfulness in under 10 minutes a day.



Clear Your Space

A great way to declutter your mind is to declutter the space around you. Set up an

environment in your office that promotes focus.

Begin with clearing out your workstation from all paper and materials not related

to the task you are currently working on. Organize papers into folders and set them

aside for later. You don’t have to be a neat freak! Just reducing the clutter in your

work area will help reduce the number of distractions around you.

Check to make sure the temperature in the room is not too hot or too cold. Having

a please office space can

increase your productivity by up to 15%.



Take Breaks

This is also a part of self-care. Our mind is a muscle that can get tired. Sometimes,

taking a short break from a task helps us to rejuvenate so that we can come back

with a fresh perspective.



We guilt ourselves into thinking that the harder we work without breaks we can

get projects done efficiently. However, we are cheating ourselves and our work by

not being good to our bodies.

Working  without  taking  breaks  leads  to  a  decrease  in  performance.  Take  a  ten-

minute break at least to bring some clarity to your mind.

Practice the Two-Minute Rule

According  to  Entrepreneur  Steve  Olenski,  completing  short  tasks  right  away

actually  takes  less  time  than  having  to  go  back  and  do  it.  Here  is  his

two-minute

rule

.  If  you  see  a  task  that  can  be  done  in  two  minutes  or  less,  just  do  it



immediately.

Listen to Some Music

Turn  on  your  favorite  music  station  and  plug  in  your  headphones!  Music  is

inspiring. It keeps our brains engaged and helps to keep us motivated. Music also

engages the part of our brain that drives our attention. For maximum focus, you



may want to stick to classical or music with no lyrics.

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