4 Things That Kill Concentration

We’ve all been guilty of finding ourselves unable to concentrate on our tasks at hand and feeling incapable of staying focused at work. Especially nowadays, when there seems to be all kinds of distraction at every turn.

You know how it goes – you receive a text, so you stop whatever it is you’re doing, reply to that text, and before you know it, you end up wasting valuable work time browsing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

There are times, though, when you just can’t afford any distraction. You may have a deadline to beat, or perhaps you need to accomplish a million things before the end of the week. The vital key to conquering your distractions is to identify what exactly is distracting you and finding a way to circumvent it.

Below are four of the biggest known culprits that can derail you from focusing and what you can do to overcome them.

4. Our phones.

From constantly texting family and friends to mindlessly scanning emails and various apps, we’re certainly a generation that’s obsessed with our phones. Aside from the obvious troubles associated with constant phone use like potential texting while driving accidents and possible side effects from phone radiation, being glued to our phones hinders our ability to concentrate on whatever task is at hand. Even if it’s only for a moment, checking our phones pulls us away, and it may take a while to mentally get back to where we are.

One effective way to overcome this issue is to silence your phone (if possible) while you’re trying to complete a task. Doing this allows you to use your full focus and be more effective in what you’re doing. You can always devote a specific time afterwards to check our phones for texts, emails and notifications.