We know, focusing and getting s*** done can be easier said than done. But, we’ve found a trick for you. According to this study, brief mental breaks are actually SUPER good for productivity levels. Here’s what Inc. has to say about it:
It sounds counterintuitive, but taking scheduled breaks can actually help improve concentration. Some research has shown that taking short breaks during long tasks helps you to maintain a constant level of performance; while working at a task without breaks leads to a steady decline in performance.
Another suggestion that author John Rampton has?
While we usually think of a stress as a bad thing, a manageable level of self-imposed stress can actually be helpful in terms of giving us focus and helping us meet our goals. For open-ended tasks or projects, try giving yourself a deadline, and then stick to it. You may be surprised to discover just how focused and productive you can be when you’re watching the clock.
He goes on to talk about the Pomodoro technique, which is designed to help you work WITH time rather than against it.
One last suggestion that he makes is to say no to meetings. We definitely like that one!
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