We all have difficulty maintaining focus and that is perfectly normal. However if you are consistently struggling to focus there may be some underlying causes. If you are concerned please speak to your GP or trained health care professional.
Tips for helping with focus:
Try to work with the person that you are. If you are someone who is easily distracted perhaps work on 3 or 4 projects at a time, although it is important to prioritise the most important one to finish first. Be honest with yourself – does the coffee filter need changing right now or is it a useful distraction from the task at hand?
Be realistic and work with your natural inclinations. Some people can focus for hours on a single task while others find themselves easily distracted. If you fall into the latter category try to plan breaks at regular intervals for example go for a walk around the room every 20 minutes. Keep a pen and paper to hand to write down invasive and distracting thoughts that might occupy your mind instead of the task at hand.
If your task is particularly boring promise yourself small rewards for getting it done. This will make a successful outcome more likely.
Try to avoid too much caffeine and stimulation. Although some find a radio or TV on in the background may help aid focus and concentration.
Research shows that doodling can actually free up parts of our brain so that we can then focus on meetings or presentations. Doodling can satisfy the part of oneself that needs movement in order to focus.
Delegate to paper anything that is not helpful to the task at hand.
Where possible schedule routine breaks.
We recommend a healthy balanced diet but without the right nutrients, our brain won’t function properly.
It may be helpful to supplement your healthy balanced diet with FocusAssist.
Charities & Support Groups
National charities and support groups for this issue:
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities
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Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm
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