Do you sometimes have trouble staying focused on tasks? I certainly do. It can be pretty annoying to feel distracted, but, just like with most problems, there are always ways to overcome it!
- Try listening to music.
I frequently find that listening to certain kinds of music can be really helpful when I’m finding myself getting distracted. Try listening to something instrumental, like jazz, soundtracks, or classical – having something nice to focus on can really help tune out any distracting sounds! I would recommend avoiding music with lyrics, though – the temptation to lip sync or sing along can be even more distracting than listening to nothing at all.
Different people find different types of music work better for them, so don’t be afraid to try listening to new music, as you might find something that works really well for you! I usually find that video game soundtracks help me focus, while one of my friends prefers big band. Different people respond to music in different ways, so don’t be discouraged if the first thing you try doesn’t work perfectly.
- Stay calm.
If you start to get stressed out about having trouble focusing, remember to take a few deep breaths. It can be very frustrating to keep losing focus on whatever task is at hand, but try to remember that freaking out is just going to distract you more. It can be kind of hard to remind yourself that getting distracted isn’t a big deal, but try to remember that as long as the task gets done, dealing with a few distractions along the way isn’t going to be a bad thing.
- Take a break.
When you’ve been working on something for a while and don’t feel like you’ve progressed enough, don’t worry! You don’t have to work non-stop to accomplish things, and working without letting yourself take a break can lead to even more stress and distraction. If you find yourself getting very bored or more easily distracted, try taking a few minutes to clear your thoughts before you go back to your task.
Hopefully next time you start to feel yourself getting distracted, you’ll be able to remember these (or other ways of coping, by no means are these the only useful ways to stay focused!) and get back on track!