Focusing is just not that easy.
Modern life is designed around distraction and instant gratification.
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Everyone seems to have tips on how to focus, but few of these actually translate into meaningful sessions in a flow state.
But there are some basics that seem to work across the board, and, in some way, they can work for everyone.
1. Take regular breaks and reward yourself for completing tasks.
There is a lot of research on humans only being able to concentrate for relatively limited periods of time.
The drop in productivity and efficiency can be quite profound after 20–30 minutes, which is why the pomodoro technique is so popular now.
So regular breaks, of around 5 minutes, every 20–30 minutes can make a big difference.
During these breaks, feel free to reward yourself for the work done. Consume something that you love but be ready to return after the break.
2. Break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks.
This is by far the biggest factor for me.
In my time running a business, I have moved entire warehouses multiple times. It is incredibly daunting to move thousands of boxes, install or move racking, and reassemble things. But there is only one way to do it.
Make a brief plan.
Break this up into manageable steps and prioritise these steps based on practicality, not preference.