1. Get enough sleep
Sleeping enough simply means getting the required number of hours your body needs to operate as effectively as possible.
Get enough sleep and you’ll have an optimal amount of energy to use throughout the day and focus definitely requires a significant amount of energy. 6-8 hours of sleep seems to be the right amount for the majority of us.
It’s like trying to play games on your phone when the battery is at 10%. Very soon it’s going to shut off because it’s quite an intensive task for the phone.
It’s the same for us. We can’t expect to focus on intensive tasks when we don’t get enough sleep, running on low energy.
2. Drink a lot of water
We tend to underestimate water’s health benefits and not get enough of drinking it (including me from time to time).
Drinking water has been proven to improve focus.
The human brain is made up of 85% water so not drinking enough water simply means that the brain will not be able to function optimally, which translates to not being able to focus and get work done optimally.
It’s not that hard to drink more water, really.
All you have to do is just take sips every now and then, say every 10 minutes or so, and you might be surprised to find out how much better you feel throughout the day.
I know meditation might sound really foreign and ‘woo woo’ to some of us but it’s really not.
Meditation is perhaps the most useful way to improve focus, memory and also productivity in the long term.
Several studies have been conducted to compare the brains of meditators and non-meditators and the results are almost always the same – people who meditate score better at stress, focus and memory related tasks.
Think of it as exercise for the brain. Some of us lift weights to train our muscles and meditation does the same for the brain.
And you don’t have to do much either.
All you have to do is notice your breath and when you inhale, count ‘1’. When you exhale, count ‘2’. Keep counting ’til you reach ’10’ and then start back at 1.
You can literally meditate anywhere so there’s really no excuse to do it, especially when you’re alone.
You can do it while commuting.
You can do it while eating.
You can do it while showering.
Do these 3 things right and you’ll be sure to experience some form of improvement in your focus.