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Improving your focus is not as difficult as you may think. In the last post, you might have identified some of the things that are killing your concentration. It is time to learn how to overcome them by hacking your mind.
Mind Hacks to Improve Productivity
It would help if you hacked your mind to become more productive.
These tips will also help you deal with those time killers that eat away at your day and make tasks take twice as long to finish.
1) Work when you are at your most productive.
Not everyone is at their most productive in the morning. Some think more clearly at other times of the day. By adjusting your schedule to coincide with your peak brain activity, you’re setting yourself up to get more done.
2) Use the Pomodoro technique.
The Pomodoro technique is a time management tool that requires you to break your day into specific 20-minute periods, called Pomodoros.
During those 20-minute periods, you focus solely on the task at hand, ignoring all distractions. Every three Pomodoros, you get to take a five-minute break.
3) Unplug yourself from the internet.
The internet is a significant time distraction. Put your computer on airplane mode so that you can’t go online.
It will force you to focus on your tasks without the temptation of Facebook, YouTube, and all of the other websites that call for your attention.
4) Ignore your phone.
Every time your smartphone goes off, it draws your attention to it, not what you are working on. Place your phone in a drawer, turn it off, put it on silent, or do whatever you need to do to eliminate this time killer.
5) Stop multitasking.
Multitasking has adverse effects on the brain. Studies have shown that it lowers your IQ. It also forces you to take longer to finish your tasks, and makes you 40% less productive overall.
Instead, only do one thing at a time.
6) Form better habits.
It takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit. Begin these new habits now, and before the month is out, you will be more productive than ever.
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