Strategies can be one of your greatest allies when it comes to focus and concentration, as it changes the way the brain goes about taking on a particular task. Simply changing your mind-set, and your focus strategies can drastically improve your productivity.
In this article I will share some of my most valuable strategies I personally use for tackling larger tasks that require concentration of extended periods of time to maximise productivity and content output.
- The ‘3 Second Rule’
This is perhaps one of the most effective weapons in the battle against procrastination. Let me explain…
Procrastination is essentially your brain coming up with reasons as to why you shouldn’t do something – it’s a perfectly human response and often the type of ideas that we come up with as why not to do something include, ‘I can’t be bothered right now’, ‘too much trouble’, ‘I’ll just do <insert meaningless task here> first’.
Fortunately, there is a remedy for this. When you decide on something, the first thing you should be doing, is the task within 3 seconds. Seems simple right? Heres the trick: it takes about 3-5 seconds for your brain to kick in and pull you away from doing something, so if you can set your mind on the task you intend to do, within three seconds and just start doing it without hesitation, the chances of you procrastination reduces drastically.
2. Break the task down… seriously!!
This strategy is not quite what you think – this strategy exists for those projects that never get completed, or those goals that seem too far-fetched to even start. If you do not take anything else away from this article, please remember this. Essentially, if a task is not required to be completed for survival, our brain will tell us it doesn’t need to be done and that the task is a waste of time and energy. If you break the task down into small chunks, the new task you give to yourself is a smaller one, and there is a significantly less energy investment required, and it doesn’t seem so daunting or time consuming.
To give an example of where this could be used; take a report you have to write, often when people sit down they think to themselves, ‘ok lets start on the introduction’ and often times, are not using their time effectively and procrastination can be a big problem, especially when getting started!
The correct way to approach this task, with this first strategy in mind, would be instead to take a separate piece of paper (computer notes do not work, use paper!) and write down the dot points of all the constituents of the introduction to be written. This may seem silly for an introduction, but if you ever find yourself getting lost in a task, not having a direction or having trouble getting started – use this because it will help massively!
Check out this video, it explains my point perfectly:
If you would like to read further into ways to boost your productivity, I have another article on how you can leverage supplements to gain that edge.