[vc_row][vc_column][stm_spacer height=”150″ height_mobile=”-100″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%233f3f3f” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image source=”featured_image” img_size=”large” alignment=”center” css_animation=”none”][stm_separator color=”custom” style=”style_3″ custom_color=”#0d97ff” sep_width=”200px” sep_height=”10px” sep_css=”.vc_custom_1571309810608{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]A year of lockdown due to the pandemic has led many of us cooped up in our houses while being in a work from home situation. While some have perfectly converted a corner of their homes into a conducive workspace, the distractions that keep bumping us off of our daily to-dos continue to steal our attention.
Phone notifications, parcel deliveries, neighborhood noises, and pets expressing their needs are among the common interruptions we face at home daily. To help you with all these, we rounded up four surefire techniques to boost your focus and productivity.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]1. Adapt the Pomodoro Technique
Doing 25 minutes of continuous work followed by a five-minute break is what the Pomodoro technique is all about. After completing four cycles of this (aka four pomodori), the individual must take a longer break between 10-15 minutes then redo the regular cycles. Proponent Francesco Cirillio introduced the technique in the ‘80s after finding out that frequent breaks improve one’s mental agility.
You can download a Pomodoro app on the App Store or Play Store. You can also manually set alarms on your smartphone or alarm clock.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. Set SMART goals
Some people find themselves experiencing the analysis paralysis syndrome after overthinking situations. Fight feeling overwhelmed from the multitude of deliverables by setting SMART goals. Applying these principles while making realistic action plans within a target time frame will help drive more focus as you deal with your tasks.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]3. Play neuron-friendly music
Classical music can help the brain absorb and process new information seamlessly, according to a 2007 Stanford University School of Medicine study. Breaking down difficult to understand material becomes more effortless when Mozart, Beethoven, and other classical compositions play in the background. If you’re not the type who fancies this genre, there are plenty of other choices on Spotify and Youtube.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]4. Segment your priorities through the Eisenhower Matrix
People who have read the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” or have attended a workshop related to it are familiar with the Eisenhower Matrix. First introduced by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his term, this productivity matrix was made popular by Stephen Covey in his above-mentioned book.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The main idea is to regroup your tasks according to their importance and urgency. The matrix has four quadrants: top left is important and urgent, top right is important but not urgent, bottom left is urgent but unimportant, and bottom right is not urgent and not important. One’s time and energy must be allocated heavily on the tasks in the first quadrant. While items that fall under not urgent and unimportant get the least attention.
All these techniques become ineffective if the individual does not take good care of his/her body. Bad habits such as sleeping late, lack of physical activity, and an unbalanced diet are factors that hinder one’s ability to focus. It is also vital to mentally prepare for the day in order to carry out deliverables despite numerous distractions. Additionally, you may check this blog to know how you can better yourself in three simple steps. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” shadow_x_offset=”0″ shadow_y_offset=”0″ shadow_blur=”0″ shadow_spread=”0″][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]