Do your employees have trouble concentrating on their work? We are bombarded by 100,500 words every day, and a study found that the average office worker is interrupted every 11 minutes. Even worse, researchers at the University of California Irvine who studied worker productivity reported that when someone is interrupted, it takes about 25 minutes for them to get back to what they were originally doing. Simple math tells us that it’s a never-ending battle to stay focused. And yet, many projects involve in-depth research, detail-rich communication, critical thinking and intricate calculations. How can you improve focus and concentration in your workplace to make sure these mission-critical tasks get done and get done well?
There are various lifestyle changes each of us can make to boost our attention span, which we’ll explore. If you want something more powerful and more in-depth, a concentration training program offered by Zoe Training can give your hard-working employees the tools they need to excel at their jobs.
How Do You Train Focus & Concentration?
There’s quite a bit of information available as to how you can improve your concentration and focus. The word “train” is an appropriate one, as it requires new habits, whether it’s getting more sleep, eating healthier food or practicing meditation to quiet the mind. These aren’t things that you (or your employees) can try once and then never do again. In order to dramatically increase focus and concentration, you have to train yourself for days and weeks. Our innovative training workshops can show you how.
How Can I Increase My Concentration?
If you want a more focused and productive office, one solution is to lead by example. Use these tips to increase your own focus, and then pass them on to your team.
Many different factors may contribute to lack of concentration, including stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, diet, medical conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain medications. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve your focus and increase your ability to concentrate.
- Train your brain with puzzles – As previously mentioned, brain training games and mental exercises can be very helpful in developing a sharper mind. This is especially true as one ages.
- Video games may keep the brain sharp – While video games frequently get a bad rap, they might help to enhance visual selective attention (VSA), which is the ability of the mind to concentrate on the task at hand and ignore distractions. An earlier review, which looked at 100 studies, demonstrated the link between video games and enhanced attention and focus.
- Get more sleep – Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your ability to concentrate, memory, attention and other cognitive functions. Between 7 and 8 hours of sleep is recommended for adults.
- Exercise the body to improve the mind – Daily exercises, especially rigorous aerobic workouts, have been shown to improve attention and concentration. It is recommended that you exercise just before you need added focus or whenever your mind needs a break.
- Commune with nature – Spending a little time in nature, even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes, can help your ability to concentrate. Anything from a walk in the park to sitting quietly in a garden can provide this necessary break from technology. Even plants in the office were found to boost concentration and worker productivity.
- Try meditation and mindfulness – Meditation provides many benefits, both physical and mental. However, a review of nearly two dozen studies found that mindfulness training (like yoga and deep breathing) specifically designed for greater attention focus could have a positive effect.
- Take a break – This is counter-intuitive, but it’s possible to spend too much time on something, to the point where you can’t seem to concentrate on it anymore. Sometimes all you need is a brief mental break to feel a fresh burst of motivation and greater focus.
- Listen to music or nature sounds – Having music playing, so long as it doesn’t have any vocals, can help keep your mind on your work. Research has also shown that natural sounds can help to mask background noise and help you to concentrate.
- Check your diet – What you eat has a direct relation to attentiveness and cognitive function. Instead of processed sugary foods, eat fatty fish like salmon or trout, eggs, spinach and blueberries for sharper mental function. Drink plenty of water, since dehydration can affect brain performance. Caffeine, such as green tea, coffee or dark chocolate, can also keep you more immersed in your work.
- Check email at designated times – Taking a break from email (for instance, only checking email at 10am and 5pm) might seem counterintuitive, but not checking your email for several hours at a time can free you up for deeper and more focused work.
Another important mindfulness skill is attentive listening. Not really hearing what another person is saying is a classic case of not being focused. Zoe Training even offers workshops dedicated to teaching employees this important skill.
Why Choose Zoe Training & Consulting Over Other Competitors?
There’s a big difference between Zoe and other professional development companies. Zoe’s expertise in the human resource field has benefitted companies since 1983. Our intensive workshops feature the knowledge and commitment of 30 professional trainers, speakers and consultants who design their programs around the needs of your organization. We can even create a custom training program for your team!
Intensive Zoe Workshops That Help Improve Concentration and Focus
Zoe Training and Consulting presents hands-on, intensive workshops that can teach your team important skills to help them achieve maximum focus and be more productive.
Practical skills include time management and productivity, brain training, active listening, strategies to eliminate job stress and burnout and how to work smarter. Employees will learn the latest techniques in mindfulness practice and how to creatively handle stress.