- Turn your phone on “Do Not Disturb” — you’ll get much more done, because the buzzing won’t take you out of the zone.
- Similarly, use a chrome extension like StayFocused etc. to limit your facebook/reddit/twitter/etc usage.
- Do something easy before you do something hard — ease your way into the task at hand. My mind wanders if I try something hard right off the bat.
- Sit facing a wall — visual distractions in the distance are tough for me to ignore. You might find a blank wall helps you focus.
- Chewing gum sometimes helps me focus, gives my mind and body something to put on the backburner, instead of fidgeting
- Use coffee responsibly and stay hydrated. Coffee can help, though.
- You might try fasting first thing in the morning. I get sleepy on a full stomach, so I skip breakfast and morning fast keeps my mind sharp for work
- Alternatively, eat something. You may find hunger a distraction, so eat. If you’re tired, rest.
- Music always helps me focus and block out external noise. I listen to Chillhop whenever I need to get in the zone. Use headphones
- Get up earlier — it’s easier to focus when nobody is awake and the world is quiet. Alternatively, stay up super late — work as a night owl
- Exercise, and breathe deeply. Getting the body going and blood pumping helps me
- Take a walk. Get away from your work for a while. Breaks are important.
- Make a bet with someone else. It’ll be easier to stay focused when you have something on the line if you don’t get your task accomplished.
- Think of something you’re grateful for, and then visualize your project being done. What does success look like? I do this every morning; it’s super helpful.
- Read about how to do your work more efficiently. If you can do it more easily, you’ll have to focus for less time. Copy how the experts do it.
- Upgrade your sleep. There are plenty of resources on the web to learn how. Better sleep = more rested = clearer mind
- Set a timer, work for 30 minutes, then take a break. The official method is 25 minutes: The Pomodoro Technique®
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