How to Stay Focused When it Counts

How to Stay Focused When it Counts

When it’s crunch time and you need to focus, are you struggling with brain fog?

We’ve all been there. The clock keeps on ticking closer and closer to your deadline and your brain is cloudy and stress is building.

Brain fog can include unintentional negligence, memory loss, trouble concentrating, or just feeling spacey. No matter how you slice it, these issues are bound to impact your life in a negative way.

Brain fog can happen due to a number of reasons, but some common causes are hormone fluctuations, mental health issues, and various medical conditions. It’s always important to get evaluated by a doctor, as there is a lot of overlap in symptoms.

There are lifestyle changes you can make for long-term improvement, like reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and diet changes. These changes will make a big impact on your brain fog, but sometimes we need help right now.

Luckily there are things you can do to help with brain fog in the short term. Let’s dive into ways to stay focused when it counts.

Get rid of distractions

This tip is about setting yourself up for success. Move from a busy environment to a quiet space. If you’re the type who picks up their phone to scroll without even realizing it, try a social media blocking app or putting your phone in airplane mode. Does your office have blinds and a door? Close them. Do people constantly interrupt you? Ask for private time.

There’s no one-size fits all since everyone is trying to focus on different tasks and has different restrictions, but implementing as many of these options as you can will set you up for success.

Make a to-do list and block schedule

When things are only in our head it can seem like a lot. It’s also easier to forget things - especially if you’re suffering from brain fog. A to-do list is a fast and simple way to organize your tasks and keep track of what you’ve accomplished.

Once you have your to-do list you can organize your day. Group like-tasks together and schedule them in blocks, if your job allows for it. During each block of time, all of your attention goes to that group of tasks. No phone, no emails, no chatting with Susan from payroll. Focus entirely on those tasks during that block. There’s plenty of time between blocks for communication.

According to Psychology Today, you can gain up to 40% productivity by cutting out multi-tasking. A block schedule is a great way to do it.

Wear a bio-frequency patch

Thanks to advancements in quantum physics, scientists have learned how to harness our body’s natural power to improve our lives.It’s all about manipulating frequency to bring the body back to it’s natural healthy state. BioActivate’s Clarity patch helps beat brain fog on an energetic level.

If you’re looking for an easy and holistic way to improve memory, focus, and alertness, you’ll definitely want to try these. With no ingredients at all, these patches will help lift the fog, so you can focus again.

Have some brain-boosting foods and drinks

An easy way to boost your focus is by eating or drinking things that pack a powerful punch. Here are a few ideas that will help your brain clear the fog.

  • Caffeine - Having a cup of coffee or piece of chocolate will help boost your alertness. Be careful not to over-do it though. Too much caffeine can make you jittery or cause you to crash later. Less is more.
  • Fish - The oil found in fish has been a holistic treatment for ADHD for a long time. What do people suffering from ADHD struggle with? Focus. Fish oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help with both focus and memory.
  • Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, & Seeds - By eating these foods you’ll be giving your brain all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it needs to function at peak performance.

Take a short break for every hour of work

Less work equals more productivity? What?! Crazy, but true.

In a study done by Desktime, a productivity app, the ideal formula for productivity is 52 minutes of work followed by a 17 minute break. In the study they used data from the top 10% most productive app-users to determine these magic numbers.

Why does this work? Subconsciously you know you’re getting a break every hour, so you’re more likely to put all of your focus into your work. There’s less multitasking going on, which means more productivity. It works off of the same concept as block scheduling.

Now, obviously not every task allows for this many breaks, but anything is better than nothing. Take an extra long bathroom break, get a glass of water, do an extra lap on your way to the copy machine - everything counts.