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If you’ve been struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression then the phrase “peace of mind” might sound like something from a fairytale. But I can assure you that peace of mind really does exist. And not only that, it’s something that you can accomplish in your own life.
Some people mistakenly believe that peace of mind is something that you only experience when things in your life are trouble-free, but that’s not true. Peace of mind and focus go hand-in-hand. Therefore, when you learn how to stay focused and gain control of your thoughts, you are able to experience peace of mind. If you lack the ability to focus, it’s difficult to experience peace. The more you develop this habit, the easier it will be to live in a state of constant peace.
What is peace of mind?
If you look up the phrase “peace of mind” on the Merriam Webster website it defines it as, “a feeling of being safe or protected”. However, I believe that the British definition found on collinsdictionary.com is more accurate, “the absence of worry”. It’s achieving a calm state of mind regardless of your situation and circumstances.
The most important step to achieving peace is to acknowledge the fact that you have control over your mind, including your thoughts and how you respond to others. If you refuse to take responsibility for your reactions to others then you will never live in peace. However, when you accept that you are in control of how you respond to people and situations you can begin to make progress in this area instead of living controlled by things that are happening around you.
Here are 7 tips to help you stay focused in order to experience peace of mind.
- Learn to practice mindfulness meditation.
If you have been leery of trying meditation because you aren’t “spiritual” then you should know that scientific studies are being conducted that back the benefits of meditation. One such example is a 2018 study titled “Cognitive Aging and Long-Term Maintenance of Attentional Improvements Following Meditation Training” which states, “The present study is the first to offer evidence that intensive and continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention and response inhibition, with the potential to alter longitudinal trajectories of cognitive change across the lifespan.” That’s fancy wording for basically saying that the study was promising in showing that doing meditation helps to improve your brain’s ability to focus now and in the future.
While some people use meditation for spiritual purposes it doesn’t have to be used that way. The physical and emotional benefits are something that anyone can benefit from.
Mindfulness meditation teaches you how to be present in the moment. This allows you to push out the worrying and nagging thoughts that creep into your mind. It helps you take control of anxiety and stress. This allows you to experience peace even if things in life aren’t perfect. And the physical benefits are numerous.
- Limit your use of social media.
There are things that are good about social media, but there are also lots of studies that show the ways that it can be harmful to the mental health of its users. The use of social media tends to cause us to compare the good, the bad, and the ugly of our lives with the highlight reel that friends and family are sharing. The messy parts of your life are never going to compare with the highlights that other people are sharing. Therefore, if you are struggling with peace and constantly find yourself comparing yourself to others on social media it can be best to stay off the platforms.
Social media is also a distraction. It feeds our FOMO (fear of missing out) craving. With access to social media on our phones, it’s easy to be tempted into stopping what you are trying to work on or think about in order to “check” what’s going on with friends and family.
- Let go of the past.
Getting hung up on the things that have happened in the past make it difficult to stay focused on the present and the future. Focusing our attention on things that we cannot change makes it difficult to maintain peace of mind. If there is something from the past that you can correct, then do it. Otherwise, it’s time to forgive others, forgive yourself, and move on.
- Don’t be easily offended.
It is much easier to maintain peace of mind when you let things roll off your back. If you take offense at every little thing that other people do and say, you will remain in a constant state of frustration. Your thoughts will feel out of control and you will quickly lose your peace. However, if you focus on believing the best in others you are shifting your thoughts which will make finding peace much easier.
- Choose your battles carefully.
If you make it your personal mission to correct everyone who is doing something you don’t agree with you are going to live in a constant state of strife. And it will be near impossible to keep your mind focused on what you want to focus on. Just like parents are taught to choose their battles with their children, you want to do the same thing with the people and situations you face daily.
For example, you might not agree with a conversation that is happening between your coworker and your boss, but if you are not part of the conversation it’s best to stay out of it. If you choose to involve yourself you could be putting yourself in a position of choosing sides, putting your job at risk, and adding stress that you don’t want in your life.
- Make time to journal.
Journaling is a great way to release those thoughts that are bogging down your mind. You can write out your stresses and worries and then once they are out of your head, release them altogether. Some people like to rip up or burn the paper as a symbolic way of showing that they are letting go of those thoughts.
Journaling also helps you to process through situations and see things in a different light. Take the time to write about your day, learn from it, and move on from it.
- Incorporate times of silence and solitude into your schedule.
Constantly being in the hustle and bustle of life is a sure-fire way to lose peace of mind and focus. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid people at all costs, however, taking time to get away from everyone else and be in total silence can help you to reconnect with yourself. If you find that you have lost all peace, you might need to take a solitude retreat. You could get away for a weekend alone or simply an afternoon. Find a quiet place to retreat to. Allow yourself to think about the thoughts that have been rolling around in your head. Then, decide how to deal with those thoughts. Allow yourself to recharge during this time.
Sometimes it can be difficult to realize what we are thinking and how those thoughts are impacting us. If you are struggling to obtain peace of mind you could benefit from a conversation with a local therapist. They know the right questions to ask to help you get to the root of your struggle. Then, they can provide you with actionable steps to help you find and live in peace.
Zanesco, A.P., King, B.G., MacLean, K.A., et al. (2018, September). Cognitive Aging and Long-Term Maintenance of Attentional Improvements Following Meditation Training. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2: 259. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-018-0068-1
25+ Easy Tips On How To Stay Focused
Don't drown yourself with ideas that never become a reality. It's time to get things done! Here are some easy tips on how to stay focused.
A great idea can be both a curse and a gift. If you have a great idea but lack the ability to focus on its execution, then it will probably just get buried or forgotten by your next great idea, the one after that, and so on. Don&rsquot drown yourself with ideas that never become a reality. It&rsquos time to get things done! Here are some easy tips on how to stay focused.
Eat Before You Start Working On A Project
One of the most important things that you can do before you start working on a project is to eat. Don&rsquot let hunger or a snack break stop your groove and kill your productivity.
- How To Stay Focused: Did you eat? What about the other people in your group? It is hard to concentrate when your belly is rumbling. Eat a light snack before you settle into working on a project. Not only will you avoid the &ldquoWhen is lunch?&rdquo thoughts, but a healthy snack will also give you more energy and help you to think better, too.
Take Supplements And Vitamins That Make You Smarter
Did you know that there are foods, supplements, and vitamins that can make you smarter?
- How To Stay Focused: Consider adding some of these vitamins and supplements to your daily diet. Of course, please consult with your doctor first.
- Flaxseeds: Add some ground flaxseeds ($8-15) to your diet (you can&rsquot digest them whole). You can sprinkle flaxseeds on peanut butter or add them to oatmeal, cereal, or even a smoothie. The omega-fatty acids in flaxseeds can help keep your mind sharp.
- Caffeine: Drink coffee! The caffeine in coffee doesn&rsquot just keep you awake but it can also help you concentrate, stay focused, and alert.
- Supplements And Vitamins That Make You Smarter: Consider adding some of these vitamins to your diet: Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Omega 3&rsquos, Melatonin, and Theanine. Numerous tests and studies have shown that they can help improve and enhance performance related to mental capabilities like awareness, and memory.
- Combine L-Theanine And Caffeine: Combining caffeine and L-Theanine has a synergistic effect that produces heightened focus, creativity, energy, and alertness.
Slay A Dragon Every Day And Harness Your Fear
Every day we will have a series of big and small tasks. We often have a tendency to focus on the smaller tasks to get them out of the way. It feels good to get something accomplished, even if it&rsquos small. However, leaving the big task to the end is a bad idea, especially if you are pressed for time.
- How To Stay Focused: Pretend that your big task of the day is a dragon. Start your day completely focused on slaying the dragon. After you slay a dragon, then you can worry about the little stuff.
Break Down Big Projects Into Smaller Tasks
Starting a massive project can be both daunting and stressful, especially if you think about it as just one giant task. How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time. How do you build a wall? One brick at a time. Use the same mindset for bigger projects.
- How To Stay Focused: Break your big projects into smaller tasks that are easier to achieve. The smaller and more regular accomplishments will feel good and help you focus on smaller parts of a bigger project.
Prioritize Your To-Do List
Don&rsquot drown yourself with smaller tasks that don&rsquot align with your overall priorities. It&rsquos time to prioritize your to-do list.
- How To Stay Focused:
- Add your tasks to a spreadsheet and assign a priority rating from 1 &ndash 10 to each task.
- Sort your list from highest to lowest priority.
- Outsource and delegate as many tasks as possible.
- Focus on the most important tasks on your list.
- Only entertain smaller tasks after the bigger tasks are done.
Create A Prioritized To-Do List And Display It Where Others Can See It
Often times, a lack of focus is a result of not establishing priorities, accountability, deadlines, or a mix of all three.
- How To Stay Focused: Write down your priority list and hang it up so others can see it. This can be as simple as writing down one single goal on a Post-It note (i.e. lose 5 pounds by next month) and hanging it on your bathroom mirror so your partner or roommate can see it. Or as complex as assigning goals to your team in HR or project management software.
Add To Your To-Do List Before You Go To Bed
If you have a lot on your mind, then sometimes it can be impossible to fall sleep. Instead of stressing out about trying to remember everything that you need to do in the morning, just write it down before bed.
- How To Stay Focused: Instead of laying in bed sleepless trying to remember your tasks for the next day, write a to-do list before you go to bed. The process of writing it all down will help clear your head and motivate you first thing in the morning. Wake up, grab your list, and get started.
Create A Not-To-Do List
In addition to a To-Do List, it might also be helpful to create a &ldquoNot-To-Do List&rdquo for yourself.
- How To Stay Focused: Think about all of the tasks that might derail you or suck up too much time from your workday. These can be anything from tasks that you should have delegated to longterm strategic projects that aren&rsquot important right now. Add these tasks to your Not-To-Do List a reminder to stay away from them.
Only Schedule (6) Tasks Per Day For Yourself
Trying to accomplish every item on your to-do list every day isn&rsquot realistic. You need to prioritize and limit what you try to achieve.
- How To Stay Focused:Charles Schwab only attempted to focus on 6 items or less per day. If he had more than 6 things on his daily task list, then he would reschedule tasks for a later date. Having a list of only 6 things will help you focus, prioritize your day, and keep you from being overwhelmed.
Turn Off Your Phone
Using your phone is a dangerous addiction. The second someone doesn&rsquot remember something, try to resist the urge to take out your phone and look it up. Otherwise, you might risk a tweet or email dragging you down a rabbit hole and taking you off task.
- How To Stay Focused: Turn off your smartphone, switch it to Airplane Mode, or turn on Do Not Disturb. Don&rsquot touch your phone until the task is done. Your phone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. will be there when you are done.
Disconnect From The Internet (If You Can)
Working on our computers can help increase productivity, but it can also be a huge distraction.
- How To Stay Focused: Do yourself a favor and disconnect from the Internet if you don&rsquot need it. Everything from emails to social media alerts can interrupt you and take your focus away from your work.
Immerse Yourself In Your Work
Have you ever heard stories of &ldquomethod actors&rdquo who completely transition themselves into their roles? Some actors will gain or lose weight or even temporarily refuse to leave character until the project is done.
- How To Stay Focused: Get into the spirit of the project that you are working on. Dress up, get in character, play relevant music, or place props next to your workspace. For example, if you are writing an article about sexy Halloween girls scout costumes, then consider dressing up as one. Or at least, buy some Girl Scout Cookies.
Keep Your Workplace Clean And Organized
Nothing can stop you from being productive faster than a messy workspace. Just the thought of cleaning it up before you start working can be both defeating and demotivating.
- How To Stay Focused: Keep your desk and general work environment clean and clutter-free. A chaotic workspace will just lead to distraction and drain your energy. Then finish your day by cleaning up your desk so that you can start the next morning ready to focus. Clarity of your workspace and your readiness to work will result in increased productivity.
Block Out Your Calendar With Focus Time Before Your Day Gets Totally Booked
You can&rsquot focus on your important projects if you are stuck in meetings all day. Make sure you leave time in your day to work on your important projects.
- How To Stay Focused: One of the questions that I hate being asked, is &ldquoWhen are you free to have a meeting?&rdquo So much time can be wasted emailing back and forth trying to coordinate schedules. Using a shared calendar service, like Calendly, lets people automatically book time with you when you are free. But your calendar can quickly get out of control if you&rsquore not careful. Make sure you block out times for yourself every day. This could include lunch, a meditation break, and of course work blocks. If you are more productive in the morning, then block out 8-10 AM before someone else does.
Add Motivational Quotes To Your Focus Time Calendar Reminders
Instead of just adding Focus Time work blocks to your calendar, consider making them a little more motivational.
- How To Stay Focused: Create a list of inspirational and motivational quotes from influential personalities like Steve Jobs, Whitney Houston, or even Forrest Gump. For example, I have a Focus Time calendar appointment for 8-9 am every Monday with this quote from Beth Comstock: &ldquoThe future is not in our stars but in our imaginations, and our actions.&rdquo It&rsquos much more inspiring than seeing a calendar reminder that just says &ldquoFOCUS TIME in 15 minutes.&rdquo
Surround Your Workspace With Pictures Of People Who Inspire You
Why are you in your field of work? Who inspired your career journey? Remembering your influencers can have a powerful motivational effect on your daily routine.
- How To Stay Focused: Who inspires you? Your old boss? Your Grandmother? Tiger Woods? Steve Jobs? Keep a picture of someone who inspires you nearby when you need to stay focused on important tasks. Just put their picture in a small picture frame on your desk like they are a family member.
Surround Your Workspace With Motivational Or Inspirational Quotes
Instead of just keeping a picture of someone who inspires you at your workspace, consider displaying their picture along with an inspirational or motivational quote.
- How To Stay Focused: Here are quote examples that might help motivate you:
- How To Stay Focused: Keep some office toys or desk toys nearby and play with them anytime that you start to get bored or lose focus. Or play a game like solitaire on your computer. It will keep your body busy so your mind can focus on the more important task.
- How To Stay Focused: Find a focus friend. This should be someone who will be disappointed that you didn&rsquot complete a task. In many cases, this will be your boss or coworkers. But if you&rsquore a solo entrepreneur or working on a personal project, then consider asking your spouse or partner to help.
- How To Stay Focused: Create a meditation schedule and try to meditate several times a week, if not daily. Clearing your mind will help you become more focused on matters related to both your business and personal lives. Steve Jobs famously meditated on all of the important decisions that he made while at Apple.
- How To Stay Focused: Use a timer for every idea or daily project that you have set aside for yourself. Just ask Siri, Alexa, or whatever voice assistant that you use to set a timer for you. Then focus on that one thing until the timer goes off.
- How To Stay Focused: Have an activity that you can do at any time during the day. This could be anything from taking a coffee break to playing a quick multiplayer match in Call Of Duty. Then use this activity to give yourself a short rest. You&rsquoll come back to work sharper, more relaxed, and ready to focus.
- How To Stay Focused: Work in 55-minute bursts with a 5-minute break at the end of every hour. Use your break to do things like play games, stretch, make a cup of coffee, or get some fresh air.
- How To Stay Focused: Try to take a 20-30 minute mid-day walk. This will give your mind time to rest and refocus before you continue your workday. It&rsquos also a good idea to take a walk after you get some bad news, like missing a budget.
- How To Stay Focused: Pick a daily focus reward that you love. For example, a beer or glass of wine at the end of the day. Then concentrate on earning that focus reward by getting your work done. No cheating!
- &ndash Steve Jobs &ndash Beth Comstock &ndash Whitney Houston
Spend Time Doing&hellip Absolutely Nothing
Sometimes you need to reset your brain before it can start solving problems. Even members of the sleepless elite will need to take a few minutes to rest their minds.
- How To Stay Focused: Do nothing for
Use Desk Toys To Keep Your A.D.H.D Under Control
Not everything that you do needs 100% of your focus. For example, a webinar probably won&rsquot require your full attention. But you can&rsquot fully listen to a webinar and do something else that requires focus, like write a blog post. Your mind can only handle one major task at a time.
Find A Focus Friend And Check-In With Them On A Regular Basis
Who is holding you accountable for the follow-through on your projects and ideas? Telling someone what you are working on will help keep you accountable for your progress.
Create A Meditation Schedule
Going for a walk or spending time doing nothing can be relaxing and help rest your mind. But if you really want to clear your mind, then you should try meditating. Many famous business leaders and successful celebrities meditate on a daily basis. For example, Steve Jobs, Sting, Jennifer Aniston, and Howard Stern have all publicly talked about how much meditating helps them focus.
Use Timers To Help Keep You Focused On Specific Tasks
Have you ever noticed how much more efficient you can be when you have a short deadline? When you&rsquore under the gun, you will use your time more efficiently.
Take Regular Breaks
Endlessly working on the same project or task can start to burn you out. Once you&rsquove fried your mind, then your time working will be less productive and valuable.
Work In 55 Minute Bursts
If you have trouble remembering to take regular breaks, then consider building them into every hour of your workday.
Take A Walk Break Or Go For A Short Hike
Even a little bit of physical activity can get your blood flowing and help your mind focus.
Treat Yourself With A Focus Reward
Rewards can be powerful motivational tools. Without a reward, you may start to lose daily motivation.
How to stay focused and motivated: keep work and chores separated
- Try this: put an alarm on your phone to remind you of certain things you need to do at a specific time. For example: 11.30 start preparing lunch so that everything is ready when your family comes home and you don’t have to rush or 2pm go set the washing machine so it starts exactly during the energy-saving time and you can forget about it (but don’t forget to hand the laundry!).
7 tips to stay motivated
The number one reason why people fail to achieve their goals and are almost permanently disappointed by their results is a lack of motivation.
You simply cannot lose weight consistently over time and build your fitness if you are not motivated enough to stick to your programme.
Reading this post will give you 7 hardcore tips on how to stay motivated on your fitness programme.
1. Set measurable and achievable goals.
A lot of people get into exercise after making the realisation that they’re unhappy with their weight/health. They’re not sure exactly what they want to achieve but they do know that they don’t want to remain overweight and out of shape.
While this realisation is a great starting point. You need to have an exact vision of what you want to achieve. Perhaps you want to go down two belt sizes, or for women a specific dress size. Having a mental picture of your ideal physique helps a lot! Most importantly, it should be achievable.
The exact vision gives you a precise idea of what you’re going for and motivates you to keep working out.
After setting you main goal, e.g. get to 180lb bodyweight by summer in order to look good in shorts. You should set milestones in 4 week intervals to measure and check your progress to make sure you’re on track. Attack your goal using bite-sized milestones, e.g. lose 10lbs per month.
Set your goal and put your blinders on, don’t look back.
Give yourself a treat for achieving your goals, I’m a gadget freak. I told myself that I needed to do 150reps on the 10 minute snatch test, as a reward I’d buy myself an iPhone 4S. It was a helluva motivator and I did it!
2. Find a training partner.
If you’re working out by yourself all the time, it can be easy to make excuses and skip workouts from time to time. Your motivation levels will go up and down all the time. When you reach your low points it can be really enticing to throw in the towel and stay home and watch a movie while eating ice cream.
A training partner can help kick your butt in gear. Friendly competition and rivalry helps maintain motivation. You can help each other out on your low points as well. If one person is making excuses the other can help to snap out of it.
If you can’t find a training partner another great way to get the same effect is to commit yourself to achieving your goals by explaining them to a trusted loved one. It works a bit like a pledge or an oath. Psychologically you don’t want to seem like a failure or let someone else down, so you will try hard to stick to your pledge. They can also hold you to account if you’re not progressing.
3. Absolute commitment in the first few weeks of your programme.
Carl Daikeler of BeachBody says that the most common time for people to quit their programme is between the 2 week to 4 week period, also known as “the wall”. That’s when someone is most likely to give up training. But if you get through that first 4 weeks chances are you will stick with the programme for the long term.
So here’s what you need to do. When you start a new programme or start exercising after a long layoff. Commit yourself for the first 30 days. No matter how painful or difficult it may seem, do not quit. Stick to your programme, and after 30 days of regular training it will be habitual to you and will become super easy.
4. Make workouts fun with variations
The biggest reason why people quit training is mediocrity. They get tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Hence why people who just run on the treadmill for fitness end up being the first ones to quit (usually).
The best thing to do, is stick to a workout for 4 weeks and then change you workouts a little. It’s also important to do that to drive through your plateaus as well. Your body adapts to exercises over time, and stops making gains so you need to shock your body by altering your programme.
Most importantly, make sure the workouts are interesting and fun. It’s no good forcing yourself to do an exercise that you feel is torture. It must be engaging and fun to do.
Adding a social dimension by taking kettlebell classes adds tremendously.
5. Keep a journal
Always record your workouts, you can print out your logs from the Kettlebell Basics 101 Manual. But it’s much more preferable to keep a log on a spreadsheet so you can track your progress.
Blogging your workouts can help tremendously too. If you don’t have a high traffic blog, an alternative method is to join a popular forum based on your goals (e.g. fat loss, fitness, strength gain) and create a workout log thread.
The point of the blog isn’t just to record your progress, the point is to get encouragement from others and reach out.
6. Don’t overextend yourself.
Remember to pace yourself and challenge yourself within your range of abilities. If you push yourself too hard you might get put off. On the flip side if you don’t challenge yourself enough and keep improving you may get bored and quit (read point 4).
Don’t force your life to fit around your workout, fit your workout around your life. Exercise at a time that suits you some people prefer evenings, some people prefer mornings, other people even work out during their lunch! The point is everyone is different so cater to your individual needs.
7. Do it to feel good not to look good.
Edward Deci, Ph. D., a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, says that working out to lose weight for a partner or other third party reasons are not a strong enough motivator for the long term. You must exercise because YOU want to do it for yourself. Also studies have shown that those who exercised to feel good rather than look good ended up sticking to their programme for longer.
7 comments to 7 tips to stay motivated
You are so right. I am just getting started again after serious surgery.
I am an older woman ad have battled my weight for years. I made a commitment to myself this year to “get healthy”. So I ave been working with the keetle bells now since Jan 4th. I am 56 years old over weight and out of shape. when I started to do the kettle bells I really started off slow… I allowed myself to make small goals to acheive for the first time in my life and was making a lot progress. I worked myself up finally to 6 days work out and am so proud of myself and actually am loving the work outs.(I am even shocked how much I really do enjoy doing them) I have a guestion though. I have gotten a really bad cold and stopped working out due to sorethroat and slight fever that lasted a week so no work out for that week.. it took me two weeks to get back to where I was and got sick again with the same bug from my husband who caught it from me… so anohter week out of work out…but I apromise myself to get back as soon as possible. Can you tell me when is a good time to get back to it? I want to keep up th emotivation I gained and I am actually feeling so bad about missing my workouts at the monent. Can you help on how do I get through this? thank you!!
You’re fine to work out from the the “bouceback” phase if your bug, basically during the end of your cold you might have a odd sniffles but your energy levels are good. That is the phase when you’re body is essentially fighting off the cold (and winning). But do not go too intense as it may tire out your immune system and cause the cold to come back. You should take it light and not over exert yourself.
When you return back to training your fitness isn’t going to be up to par to your pre illness levels, just bear that in mind. It will take time for your central nervous system and immune system to get up to par.
Just kinda wondering what kind of surgery did you have??
I am going to take this and recommit to my goals again, and again until I get it right and create the mindset to create the body I desire.
Is it ok to combine rowing on static rower and then 3 sets of Kettlebells
6 times a week ?
I have been working out for almost all my life, im 52 now and im overweight and tired. I have no motivation neither i have energy. My husband calls my fat and that infuriates me makes me not want to do a thing and i dont i know i am only hurting myself because i hate who i have become, but i can make myself work out anymore….
3. Organize your work area
Having a clear work area helps you mainly by removing distractions and reducing your stress levels. Having everything prepared and organized also puts you in a mindset of control and confidence which promotes productivity – as opposed to clutter, which takes away these benefits.
I am far from being a saint in this area and often excuse my mess by calling it a creative chaos, saying I know where everything is (yeah, right!).
Jokes aside, whenever I work on a project that requires focus I make sure to keep the area of my field of vision free of clutter and highly organized, in order to keep my attention locked on to the work at hand.
6. Disassociate your self-worth from the project.
Because we seek meaning in every aspect of our life, we often connect our self-worth and success to the energy we put into our work. As an INFJ, we strive for perfection in things we are passionate about and can become discouraged when things don’t go according to plan. Even worse, we might start to wonder if we have the right skills to get us closer to the finish line. When you are facing roadblocks during the course of a project, don’t lose heart and question your strengths. Instead, use your creative nature to solve the issue at hand and don’t let it dampen your spirits.
7 Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home
During the ongoing global pandemic of Covid-19, if you are working from home, you are probably looking for valuable tips to become productive at your work. Unfortunately, you probably believe you’re a stationary desk. But the truth is that you can break free from a ten-to-five job if you really, genuinely want to. This article will teach you how to become productive working from home. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to be a computer genius to pull of this. Just set yourself free and let go!
So, below are my seven tips to stay productive working from home.
1. Build Your Work Algorithm.
The key step to starting productively working from home is first building your work algorithm or pattern so that you can visualize your entire work schedule daily. You can do this by simply writing your goals for your entire work schedule and then divide them into shortlists according to the priorities. There are numerous project management tools that you can use to manage better your entire project and daily tasks on a regular process. Some of the high-rated solutions include Asana, Jira, Monday.com, ClickUp.
2. Get Determined & Focused.
Working from home means you have to be efficient, for which your determination is most to achieve your work goals. It’s hard to stay productive when you have no motivation or energy to push yourself. One of the easiest ways to stay productive at home is to keep focused on what you want to accomplish. It would be best if you made working in the home fun to stay focused, motivated, and on target.
3. Be Aware Of Distractions.
It is less likely for you to check your social media accounts and entertainment platforms such as Youtube while you are at work from the office. But, working from home could be a different scenario for you. You could end up using social media accounts, watching videos on Youtube, or playing a game with your family member.
So, make sure you set up your office where physical and digital distractions are less. For example, you can pre-inform your family about your busy work schedules to avoid getting distracted often. Also, you can turn off the notifications of your social media accounts.
4. Have Some Flexibility.
Another productive way of working is by being flexible. When I first got laid off from my job, I started to lose focus on what I was supposed to be doing with my time. I had lost the momentum I had previously built, so I began to get distracted. It wasn’t long before I had stopped producing anything and had turned my home into another room. But I kept at it, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year, until I finally found the strength and determination to move on and forget about my previous job.
5. Make It Simple.
It doesn’t take much motivation to change your routine. You don’t have to do anything drastic like taking a leave of absence. Instead, you have to take advantage of the opportunity to simplify things and get more done. Simplify anything means cutting back on unnecessary routines and get more done. Simple is good and will build productivity, which will lead to productivity and then more productivity and so on.
6. Consistency Is The Key.
The key to making the most out of your Work From Home Office is to create a routine that you follow consistently. Your morning routine should be something you are very passionate about. You may need to rearrange your schedule, but you should make sure that you take advantage of every bit of free time you have. If you hate your morning routine, it is difficult to get it done on time, making sure that you are not distracted by other things.
7. Take Some Break & Get Social.
Some people may feel like their Work From Home Office is like a lonely spot at home. They may feel like they can go home and work all day without company. If this is true for you, then you should make a goal to meet someone in person once per week. Meeting someone will help take your mind off work, and it may feel like less of loneliness. Spending time with friends and family will also help you stay focused and more productive.
To Sum Up.
Being able to work from home certainly comes with its own set of complexities. However, creating a timeline, setting realistic boundaries with near and dear ones, and abolishing disturbances can help lighten the load.
Tips to Being Mindful and Staying Focused on the Right Things
Remember, mindfulness means that you’re aware of your thoughts—all the voices that are in your head, including those that are a distracting nuisance—in the present moment, that you can see how these thoughts can potentially pull your attention away from what’s important, and that this awareness allows you to respond by consciously countering their pull.
Tip #1: Begin the day with gratitude
It probably doesn’t take much for your mind to jump to all the things you have to accomplish each day. But instead: When you open your eyes, take a few minutes to simply enjoy what you’re grateful for. Snuggle against your partner before rising, take in their scent. Gaze at the rays of sun flooding in through the window. Smile back at it. Allow your mind to linger on the things you have in your life that you’re thankful for, that you appreciate. Then take a deep breath, stretch, and begin your day relaxed and being mindful of your surrounding all day long.
Tip #2: Open your mind to the unique
Throughout the day, the world can pass by so quickly, you hardly notice things. It’s all the same humdrum. But instead: When you go about your daily routine, refuse to believe that anything is ordinary. Pay attention to the details, the novelty, in your surroundings. Stop looking without truly seeing your world. Being mindful helps you train your attention to seek out the unique. It lets you be curious and connect with things and people in a much deeper way—especially your love ones.
Tip #3: Take a break in nature
Stress easily robs you of energy and positivity. Before your know it, your mood takes a nosedive and you can’t stop yawning. But instead: When you simply can’t focus on that work project any longer or stare one more minute at that computer screen, take a break. Get out of the building and takes some deep breaths of fresh air. Go for a stroll. Let the sunshine warm your skin and the breeze ruffle your hair. Notice the colors of the flowers, the sounds of birds, the smell of freshly mowed grass. Being actively present when you’re out in nature helps boost your mood and regain the focus you need.
Tips #4: Delay taking a load off
As so many of us, you probably love coming home, flopping into your favorite armchair, and dumping all the complaints you have about your day on whoever is listening. But instead: When you come home after a hard day of work, delay off-loading on your loved ones. The negativity can easily push them away. Rather, take some time to properly greet your family and focus on reconnecting with them. Appreciate their presence, the comfort of your home, and just letting go of the work worries for a while. And once you’ve transitioned lovingly, mindfulness will help you be considerate, sharing stories of the day and not dominating the conversation.
Tip #5: Shower others with attention
The pressures from this world can have you so on edge that you may actually believe criticism over compliments. That can completely destroy your confidence. But instead: When you look for opportunities to lavish others with loving and kind compliments—be that at home or at work—you can actually boost your own self-esteem. Being mindful and shifting your attention to what people do right—including yourself—will help you to focus on acceptance and compassion.
Being mindful becomes easier the more you use it to focus your attention on the important things. And where your focus is, there’s your energy also. So, why not commit to implementing these five tips for a month and see how your ability to focus on the right things can improve.
A Balanced Account
I believe most of us have days where we just cannot quite make ourselves stay “in the zone”. We find ourselves staring at the computer and all of a sudden “wake up” and realize that we have done nothing for several minutes. Or, we have a to do list that is quite long and at the end of the day nothing is crossed off so tomorrow looks bleak before it even starts. How do you eliminate these time wasting synopsis’s from happening to you? It seems that if we could learn – and implement – a few new capabilities we would most assuredly get more done in our day.
The reality for most of us is that we have some time wasting habits that if we identify them, focus on them and then change them we could most certainly improve our quality of life – first at the office and ultimately in our entire life.
Let’s explore 7 simple habits for improving your focus in the firm:
Manage Time Better at Work
How would you grade yourself when asked about your time management habits? I do not mean only the to-do list and action steps. Those are must haves. You can have them and yet still not stay focused at work. One of the main reasons is because you get distracted by white noise. White noise consists of all of the ongoing communications that clutter your time including emails, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and web surfing. To make it worse are temptations of web links sent by friends which may or may not be related to work. What about instant messaging and those old fashioned voice mails and calls? How do you expect to stay focused when there are so many distractions?
Shut these down and see how your focus immediately gets better. We all realize that these are vital business communications, so allocate a time of the day to indulge in these. Take the challenge for one day – shut down all incoming correspondence including phone, Outlook and Internet during the day and only check it at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Allow yourself only a 15 minute window to respond and then shut it all down again. I think you will be amazed at the amount of work you will accomplish.
Get the Small Tasks Out of the Way
Small little tasks that you think you can put off and come back to later? Time has an uncanny way of catching up. There will always be fire to put out. Big or small, these will steal time away from you being able to complete the small tasks. For example, if someone pops in an email to ask for an answer which you have immediately, just reply it and get it out of the way.
Try adding the estimated time that you think a task will take to your personal task list. Then, when you find that you have 5 or 10 minutes between scheduled phone calls or large projects that you are working on, look through your task list for those small things that you can do quickly. Crossing off the little things will give you confidence and help you focus on the larger projects that need your attention.
Take Short Breaks
Most of us have a misconception that the best way to focus is to jump in and say, “OK, I will sit, focus and accomplish this project, no matter how long it takes.” Your reality is that you need breaks. So take short – not long – breaks throughout the day. Research shows that these mini-time outs actually help with our ability to focus more clearly.
Try taking a 5 to 10 minute stretch break every 90 minutes. Stand up, stretch, take a quick walk around the building. The idea is to wake yourself up and get the blood pumping to your brain so your laser focus will engage again.
There are many who say that you are either a morning person or a late night person, however I am convinced that this is a choice you make, and making the choice to get an early start is a good one to aid in the area of focus. I recommend this, when you start your day early you clear out a lot of things before everyone starts to come in and disturbances starts. It’s a good time to clear emails, check your task list for the day, make coffee and read the online newspaper.
One caution on this focus tip, if you make the choice to start your day early, and want some alone time to really focus on the day ahead, make sure you communicate that with others. If everyone starts early, you could find yourself in team conversations and fall right back into interruption mode rather than a productive start to your day.
Most of us have that project, client call, performance review or something that we just keep pushing to the following day. As the Nike advertisement says “Just Do It”. While this is a bit cliché, the reality is that it works tremendously well. Don’t wait and don’t give yourself any excuses. You can get very good with excuses after a while and things gets pushed and pushed. How can you stay focused when there are always things that will bother you?
Try this – start working on a project that you have been allowing yourself to push back. As you complete the task, you will most assuredly find yourself having a clearer mind, feeling more confident and the focus you have on other projects will get much better.
Stop the Break Room Chats and Cubicle Conversations
I can just imagine some of the owners, managers and supervisors who are reading this saying “GREAT tip”, but be very careful as you implement. Handle this situation with care. You want to increase focus and productivity, but you do not want to decrease motivation, communication and comradery among your team. We spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our families, and the last thing you want to do is treat your firm like a sweat shop.
As you encourage relationships and discourage too much chatter, make sure you are present by walking through the office occasionally to ensure that you are not just talking a good game, but also “acting your expectations”. If you see – or if you are – the person that is spending too much time at the water cooler, resist making a new policy for everyone and address the issue one on one with the person directly.
Attack the Dreaded To-Do List
The best to do list is the one that you will use! Outlook, excel, project management system, CRM, or the legal pad can all be effective. Use the system you develop and knock off the things you don’t like to do first. Don’t over commit, and if you realize you are over your head ask for help or delegate to someone who has a passion or technical expertise in that area.
A habit takes 21 days to establish, and focusing on one habit at a time sets the stage for success. Focused success is in your future!
Sandra Wiley, COO and Shareholder, is ranked by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting as a result of her prominent role as an industry expert on HR and training as well as influence as a management and planning consultant. Sandra is a certified Kolbe™ trainer who advises firms on building balanced teams, managing employee conflict and hiring staff.
7 Tips On How To Stay Focused In Medical School
Medical school tedious and the highest level of seriousness is required, all points stated here are very valid avoiding unnecessary activities would make time for you to rest and do profitable reading and activities that will contribute to your learning.
- COURAGE AGBONS - 2019-10-09 18:17:11 Quote
Yes I agree with you. A lot of medical students especially medicine department, they feel they are the most busiest and tidious student in the school. They feel the works/loads are on them alone, which makes them feel so much of themselves than they really are, I'll encourage medical students should follow these and you'll excel surely.
- Agboola Olutunmise - 2019-10-09 18:22:11 Quote
Now I see the major reason why people don't go for the course because of how difficult the course is and how long you need to study. This is why medicine is a professional course and a course meant for the intelligent ones and people who are ready to give their all into it.
- Emmanuel Agbasielo - 2019-10-09 19:44:00 Quote
Alot of medical student don't adhere to this wonderful piece of advice, that is why some of them end up getting dropped because they cannot cope with the everyday challenge of medical education. And I believe praying is also another important requirement.
- Anthony Adinamou - 2019-10-09 19:54:09 Quote
Medical students that i know of in my school are all serious, sometimes I do ask whether they don't do any other activity apart from reading ,they go for lectures, from lectures to the hostel ,then they sleep, towards evening they start preparing for evening class.
A few of them are involved in school politics
Thats all I've observed of them..
- Godswill Akpan - 2019-10-09 20:07:08 Quote
Yes these are all true,one has to follow all these rules and regulations to make it through the university.
To me they are compulsory rules because I am determined to come out in flying colours
- Emmanuel Ayooluwa - 2019-10-09 20:07:13 Quote
What a wonderful piece shared here, than you so much for sharing this wonderful tips with us, I really appreciate you for this. Most of our students in the medical schools are distracted by too many social activities in school. And I believe this tips will help a lot.
- Christogonus Uneze - 2019-10-09 20:15:54 Quote
These tips do not just apply to medical school alone,it can be put to use by everybody in tertiary institution if the person wish to succeed and graduate with good grade
- Taiwo Itunuoluwa - 2019-10-09 20:40:28 Quote
Yes I think this is helpful, if you want to be a successful being first thing you have to do is to be focused on your study day and night, and don't miss any class
- innocent ucheego - 2019-10-09 20:50:00 Quote
Yes I think this is helpful, if you want to be a successful being first thing you have to do is to be focused on your study day and night, and don't miss any class
- innocent ucheego - 2019-10-09 20:50:00 Quote
This are tips that apply to everyone. in as much as you've got it in mind that you wanna succeed, then you must put into consideration all those things listed above
- Alonge Iyanuoluwa - 2019-10-09 21:05:31 Quote
I heard medical school is really tough. All the students are always carrying big books around and studying. I guess they need to be really dilligent. Missing classes is definitely not an option. Great piece
- Tolulope Abiodun - 2019-10-09 21:06:38 Quote
Discovering oneself also matters a lot, you need to know what time ,when and where to read.Some people like reading in a quiet environment, some like reading in a noisy environment, some like reading during the day,while some during the night.All you have to do is to know yourself
- Alayaki Raheemah - 2019-10-09 21:09:13 Quote
You just nailed it rightly. I would suggest also that you should in addition to the 7 points raised above adopt a good reading strategies and involve all the domains in learning such as affective and psychomotor domain
- Promise Chijioke - 2019-10-09 21:09:51 Quote
A very nice piece of information because so many students think medical school is like the normal universities out there where they can manage grades and don't know they can get excused from the school if they have a bad grade.. Thanks for sharing.
- Oladeji Paul - 2019-10-09 21:10:42 Quote
Medical school, it's either you're in or you're out. You have to give it all you can, even if it means delaying gratification - those parties and hangouts..
- Damilola Olayemi - 2019-10-09 21:27:51 Quote
Discovering oneself also matters a lot, you need to know what time ,when and where to read.Some people like reading in a quiet environment, some like reading in a noisy environment, some like reading during the day,while some during the night.All you have to do is to know yourself
- Alayaki Raheemah - 2019-10-09 21:29:01 Quote
It seems only a few know about this. I never liked medicine line but I believe this piece of information will help them. Let's all share to our friends who are in medical schools
- Oluwatimilehin Alao - 2019-10-09 22:15:44 Quote
A good writeup, this will make students still in school know what they are doing. To be a success academically this useful. Generally not all courses in school are that easy especially medical program
- Fisayo Tililayo - 2019-10-09 22:15:48 Quote
Another tip to help medical student is Study Group. I have found that having a study group is quite helpful too. Up until recently, I was not a fan of study groups. I found it as a time wasting activity. I felt that the time used for the study group could be used to actually read something. While my reasons are perfectly good, I recently found that study groups are helpful. You learn better from your colleagues than from your lecturers sometimes, because you will not be shy to ask questions no matter how silly the questions may be. And also, you'll be free with your colleagues and won't be tensed.
- Taiwo Akinmolayan - 2019-10-09 22:37:45 Quote
- Medical school is a school that needs absolute concentration and determination in order to pass.they go through different major experiments partening of the human body so as to prepare them to be good, intelligent and live saving medical doctors in the near future.
- Ugwuodo Jonas - 2019-10-11 22:58:27 Quote
This is a very wonderful post,I liked and wish every medical student to follow every made that has been made . am sure it will really help greatly. I would really adhere to this if I was a medical student
- Okechukwu Stanley - 2019-10-12 18:04:28 Quote
Great write-up i must say. However, as a medical student, i think that your 200l can still accomodate all these misbehaviours of not going to class because I am a perfect example as well as my friends.
however from higher levels, if you cant attend classes and study properly, you might be on your way out also.
- Samuel Adetunji - 2019-10-12 19:10:08 Quote
Studying medicine in school is not a easy job but it need hardwork, concentration and great determination. It is not a course for the lazy ones because they are not wanted.
- Aremu Hammed - 2019-10-12 23:39:30 Quote
I agree tho medicine is a no joke course one head to be serious like never better and always make sure he or she reads a lot but not to the extent of harming ones self.everyone knows his reading time ,so it wnt affect ones health.a medicine student should be focused too and always attend classes
- Oloyede Ireoluwa - 2019-10-12 23:40:21 Quote
I think there has to be a balance in every thing, avoiding parties might help.. But social connections should also matter. i know for a fact that medical students are the all serious type because they deal with human lives. Nice write up all the same
- Mayowa Olatunji - 2019-10-13 02:10:07 Quote
Medicine deals with life. To excel in it, one needs to be intelligent and well grounded. To achieve this the medical student needs to study hard and stay focused. It is not a course for the dull or fun seeker.
- Ikemefuna Chukwuenyem - 2019-10-13 12:45:29 Quote
In addition, also make sure you have a Goal from the starting and also involved yourself in Learning new things, and don't get carried away by the things surrounding you. Be extremely focused and make sure you study for about 2-3hrs daily. All work and no play they say makes Jack a dull boy. At you Leisure time, you can have fun and ease the stress out. Make friends also with people with the same mindset as you.
- Osita Olisa - 2019-10-13 15:44:19 Quote
All hail medical students I doff my hat that are all trying especially the serious ones I could remember I Once had a roommate who is studying Medicine the guy barely have a good sleep daily it not that he doesn't want to see but he know what he is in for and the efforts he had to put.
Nothing good comes easily some even go as far as taking Nescafe in order to stay awake all night.
- Amusan Olaitan - 2019-10-13 16:04:22 Quote
Definitely, you have said it all. While trying to make hay while the sun shine in your academic pursuit in the medical school you must also look after your health because it is only those that are healthy and alive can talk of graduating with flying colours.
- Olufunmilayo modupe Jimson - 2019-10-13 17:22:04 Quote
To me this is the rules and regulations Medical student to read and digest on there head because it will help them a lot,and I will like you to help them to go to various university and let the medical student to no about all this tips
- ILORI ADENIYI - 2019-10-13 17:30:05 Quote
All this is good to be observed by a medical students but most important, a medical student should always have it at the back of his or her that the course she or he is in for is not for tic and tac. It is the only course that it is what one will practice as a career.
- Jesujuwonlo Oni - 2019-10-13 17:41:33 Quote
All these point listed are all important for an excellent results in medical school. Medical students need to study and be focused to achieve their goal which is to become a medical doctor