There are many things that might attribute a lack of focus. A lot of times, you might have a project, but aren’t motivated to do it. Maybe you can’t remember the important points from the last meeting because you weren’t exactly listening. Or maybe you just can’t be bothered to take in the little details you receive every day. However, there are people that actually lack or are deprived of the ability to focus. These people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a constant challenge every day to stay on task.
There are so many external stimuli that can distract and take an ADHD sufferer away from the task on hand. At times, a lack of focus might be detrimental on the job, and these are a few tips to keep concentration on a high, and keep going through the day:
- Write it down. If you want to remember something – or rather, to remember to remember something, it’s best that you write it down. If you’re in a conference and someone is speaking at the moment an idea pops up, write it down so that you don’t lose track of it. Alternatively, if you have to remember to do something, have a bunch of post-its and put notes on the wall next to your desk.
- Make lists. If there are so many things that you have to be tending to, it’s a great idea to list them all down, so you don’t forget any of them. That list might be incredibly long, but at least you’re blasting away at all of it, even if it’ll take a long time, and on a one-by-one basis. Once it’s on paper, you also don’t need to be consciously remembering all of them, and you can focus your energies elsewhere.
- Narrow your sight. If you have a cluttered desk, you will obviously be fidgeting with many things, which might steal away at the minutes or even hours at work. Keep your desk clean, and only keep things related to the job at hand on your desk. Anything that isn’t necessary should be kept in the desk drawer, or at least away from sight. Yes, that might include your phone.
- Prioritize tasks. In line with making lists, you should also learn to prioritize the tasks at hand depending on factors like deadlines and importance. Although paying your bills might be important, don’t do it at the last minute, lest you forget and pay it late. Similarly, don’t go about settling those bills in the office either!
Take quick breaks. When you have a disorder that makes it hard enough to keep focusing on the task at hand, take quick breaks to replenish your productivity. If you can’t concentrate on something any longer, maybe a 5 minute walk around the office might do you some good. It’ll let your mind clear, at least for a bit.