3 Scientific Findings That Will Skyrocket Your Focus
These 3 effective ways will limit your exposure to distractions and make you more productive.
Our brain is wired to love distractions.
The moment we log on to a computer, our brain absorbs new stories, facts, and images it has never seen before.
Scientists have found that every time we take in new information, our brain releases a flood of dopamine, and the exciting rush of dopamine makes us crave more.
The fact that social media is so captivating is why people are so addicted to it.
Brainfacts states that there are 2 things that drive human action. Necessity— food, sleep, avoidance of pain and rewards.
It’s difficult to fight your brain’s natural dopamine rush. So, the most effective way to be more productive is to limit your exposure to distractions.
Any object, event, or activity can be a reward if it motivates us, causes us to learn, or elicits pleasurable feelings.
In a world that seems busier by the day, productivity is on the minds of many.
But instead of downloading the latest time management app or even forcing yourself to stay at work for hours, how can we use science to crack open the potential of our minds?
Is there a secret to being productive?
The first thing to come to terms with is that our willpower is simply not enough. Some studies suggest that will power is an exhaustible source, that can be entirely used up.
Let’s talk about the 3 simple ways to reduce our distractions.
1. Managing our ego depletion.
Instead of convincing yourself to try harder, a more methodical approach is suggested.
Ego depletion happens when people use up their available willpower on one task. As a result, they are unable to exert the same level of self-control on subsequent tasks.
The first step to — Get Started may seem obvious, but studies have shown starting a project to be the biggest barrier to productivity.
Before starting, our brain visualizes the hardest parts to come and instead tries to simulate real work by focusing on small mindless tasks.
Luckily there’s a construct of the mind known as the Zeigarnik effect, which compels humans to finish a task they’ve already started.
The Zeigarnik effect shows that when we don’t finish a task, we experience discomfort and intrusive thoughts about it.
So get started, now.
2. Focusing time and energy in packets vs. larger tasks.
What about time management?
Shockingly when we look at some of the most elite musicians in the world, we find that they aren’t necessarily practicing more but instead more deliberately.
This is because they do not spend more time focusing on the hardest task and focus their energy on packets. Instead of diluting their effort over the entire day, they have periods of intense work followed by breaks.
Not relying on willpower, they rely on a habit and disciplined scheduling. Studies have found that the most elite violinists in the world generally follow:
- A ninety-minute work regime with a fifteen to twenty-minute break afterward.
- Instead of maintaining energy throughout the day, breaking it down into sessions with planned relaxation is most effective.
But how can you develop the discipline to follow this routine?
3. One key component is giving yourself a deadline.
Write it down, mark it in your calendar, and you’ll be much more likely to complete your task.
- On top of this, create something called an accountability chart to document your progress. In one column, write the time span and in the other the activities you accomplished during this time.
- Furthermore, tracking your progress helps to avoid small mindless work.
- And finally, stop multitasking. Well, it may feel like you’re accomplishing more. Studies show that multitaskers are much less productive. Instead, try and make a list at night of what you want to accomplish tomorrow. This way, you hit the ground running with your action plan and avoid trying to complete multiple activities at once. While you’re at it, split up your large tasks into smaller bite-sized ones.
Believe me, your brain will find the above-mentioned hacks less daunting, and it will make the starting process easier.
With a clear goal and action plan in mind, your productivity levels can soar to new heights.
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