We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in our community at Society1. One of the great benefits to coworking is being able to share this and help each other out. This happens in so many ways, naturally over a coffee, in a Skills Share, on our Slack Chat and now in this Coworkers Top Tips series.
Mich Bondesio is a writer, podcaster, business coach and consultant who coworks at Society1. Her focus is on helping teams working in tech, creative and digital spaces to develop more mindful approaches to work and build better work-life cadence.
Do you find your concentration wandering or find it hard to get your tasks done without being distracted?
Here are Mich’s Top 5 Tips to help you keep focused on the job in hand.
1. DO ONE THING AT A TIME
As simple as it sounds, how often are we jumping between tasks? Trying to multitask shreds our attention span, as it creates attention residue when we rapidly switch between tasks. The remnants of one task buzzing in our brain, prevents us from fully focusing on the next.
2. REDUCE DISTRACTIONS
Turn off the notifications on your computer and phone when you’re trying to do focused work. It adds distracting stimuli that disrupt your concentration span, and again, attention residue comes into play.
3. PUT IT AWAY
Our phone has become our default procrastination trigger, tool and comfort blanket. We reach for it automatically when work feels tedious, boring or challenging. It’s easier for your brain to concentrate on what needs to be doing, if it’s not being tempted by …ahem… social media. So keep your phone out of line of sight and out of arms reach.
Take more walks. Walking activates the ‘frequency following response’ in our brain which syncs the rhythm of our thought processes to the pace of our foot fall. This boosts our brain function and helps with focus when we’re back at our desks too.
Listen to music, dance, daydream or doodle. Take time away from screens and digital input to do things that give our brains time to explore, discover and be curious. Giving your mind space to roam is an important part of the creative thinking process. If we want to solve problems effectively, then we have to create space so that our brains can synthesise all of the stimuli coming at us.