4 Effective Methods I Use To Stay Focused

Echo Yiran Xu

After staying at home for too long since the last year of the COVID19, I feel being concentrate is very difficult. I have read several books like Eat the Frog and Will Power and watch tons of helpful videos. I summarize the following 4 most effective methods that I’d love to share:

📲 Put the phone away

Social media and all the notifications have been the most distracting thing and the biggest obstacle to stop me from being productive. So I will mute it and lock it in a box during my focus time. It turns out that without the distracting notifications, my efficiency and productivity improves a lot than before! Or you can put it as far as you can, such as charging it in a different room.

🎧 Play light music/ Study with me video

Search any “study with me ” videos and play them when doing work. Trust me; this method is awesome! I learned this method from a productivity YouTuber. When I study with someone else, I will become more focused and feel like a study buddy is watching me and drag me from being distracted.

⏳ Track my time & tasks

The best way to track how I spend my time is to write down my tasks and timeframe. After one day, I was shocked by how much time I had wasted. My total concentrating time is less than 4 hours! Which is way less than I planned! So I remind myself every morning to prioritize today's tasks and record the time for each one of them. Institute for a few weeks, my focus time frame has been improved a lot.

🎥 Recording my work

Last but not least, if sometimes writing down the tasks is still not working, I will record myself while doing the work. I put myself in a “Live Stream” situation, and my focus frame will extend quite a lot when I’m under pressure. And I will replay the recording video when I have completed my day and retrospective the part that I can do better the next day.

I hope all the above methods work for you as well to improve your productivity!

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