This is already the 10th time I’ve noticed one thing – I don’t manage to concentrate on anything. I even felt my healthy living was at risk, but couldn’t understand why. Then I started considering the possible reasons and found out that there are too many things that just kill my concentration. I must admit that my decision to find a doctor was to the point.
Social media – This is one of my basic troubles. If I’m in front of the computer, it means I am logged in. Every single status update, even those that are of very little importance to me, distract my attention. I don’t know when I got so much addicted to all those social sites.
The health advice I got – If you always feel tempted to check those updates and notes, take your laptop to the place where you won’t have internet access or at least lock those sites for some time.
E-mails – Another thing I continuously think about is my mailbox. Sometimes I really get angry with myself because of that. I check my mailboxes (I have about 10 of them) almost every three minutes. All this takes time. I know those mails might not contain anything interesting at all, but they take my time and I willingly spend it on them.
The health advice I got – Set specific times for your mail checks; in this case you’ll stick to your work without being interrupted by the mails you get. Do your best not to break the set times.
Cell-phones – I have two cell-phones and each of them keeps ringing. Sometimes they ring at the same time. Sometimes I spend more than an hour talking on the phone. As a result, I completely forget about my task at the hand, and it’s being really difficult to resume my work.
The health advice I got – If you are not waiting for an important call, silence your phone. In this case also set times for checking your calls. If there is something urgent, ask your friends to send you as a message. Reading messages is less disruptive.
Multitasking – Sometimes I think that doing several things at a time will save my time. While at the end I discover I haven’t done anything effective. I guess doing things one after another will be much more productive and effective than doing them simultaneously.
The health advice I got – Multitasking is really good and it’s excellent if you’ve managed to develop it, but don’t apply it to every task you are carrying out. Multitasking will be great if you do two or three things of minor importance at a time. In all other cases make a rule for you not to pass on doing the second task if the first one is still not complete.
So the list of attention and concentration killers doesn’t end with this, further on I’ll present some more tips that help to concentrate and contribute to healthy living.
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