Steps to becoming less scattered
Do you feel scattered in different directions? Not sure where to start? Feeling stuck? In this article I share with you steps to become less scattered
Oftentimes when we are scattered and have difficulties choosing a path to start with it is because we don’t know what our priorities are.
List all of the things you want to work with and prioritize them. This will give you a much clearer understanding of the type of things you may want to spend more time on.
2. Use helpful tools
It is very hard to have a focused understanding of a current situation if a lot of the scattered thoughts are just that; thoughts in a head. Writing things down on paper or using a tool such as a mind map or a flow chart gives a clear visual image of what you are dealing with. A mind map is a great way to simplify what may feel like an overwhelming amount of work at first. Also, it would be even more profound for those that are visual learners.
3. Focus on one task at a time
No one is good at multi-tasking, they simply think that they are. It has been proven over and over again that individuals perform better when they are focused on one task at a time. Focusing on one task at a time will not only insure that the task at hand is done well, but it will also help you get things done faster.
A study done by the University of London found that participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced an IQ decline of up to 15 points. So, next time you are tempted to juggle things at one go, remember that your IQ is at risk.
4. Take breaks
If you’re the type of person that likes to get things done as fast as possible, you may be tempted to go through your tasks without taking sufficient or any breaks in between. While this may seem as an easy way to get through many tasks quickly and smoothly, it may be detrimental for long term progress. Not taking breaks between tasks will insure a burn out which will then reduce the motivation to start again.
Instead, it would be helpful to take a short break between every task, or every 30 minutes.
Research shows that taking breaks increases productivity and creativity.