20 September 2022

6 Tips To Improve Focus And Clarity

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6 Tips To Improve Focus And Clarity

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unproductive can be a common human experience both at work and at home. Time feels like it’s running away from you and you struggle to manage competing roles, deadlines and responsibilities. Simplifying your life can be a powerful exercise in regaining focus and clarity; something we explore further in the below six tips which (uncoincidentally) improve wellbeing.

Declutter your workspace to declutter your mind

Ever heard the saying “clean house, clean mind”? Well the same runs true for your workspace. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, a visually messy workspace can leave you feeling cognitively overwhelmed. Take a few minutes at the end of each workday to tidy up your space, ensuring it’s ready for a fresh start the following day. Remove all junk, coffee cups, pens and papers, and give the surface a quick wipe down to prevent dust and dirt build up.

Spend time outside in the fresh air

There is nothing like a breath of fresh air to clear your head and boost your mood. Prioritise spending a few minutes each day outside, even if it’s just to walk around the block or get a bite to eat. The fresh air and vitamin D exposure not only improves energy and mental focus, it’s also been proven to reduce blood pressure and aid digestion. Our Australian outdoor lifestyle is something many of us take for granted, so why not grab a blanket, chair or cushion and take five minutes to yourself under the sun. We promise you’ll feel better for it!

Set simple, achievable goals for what's important at work

It’s easy to feel bogged down in the everyday grind at work and lose sight of what you’re working towards. By setting small, simple, achievable goals daily, you can stay focused on what’s important and ensure you’re not spending too much time on projects that either don’t matter or don’t contribute to your priorities. Take five to ten minutes each morning to write down your goals on separate post-it notes, and stick them up wherever you can see them (e.g. on your screen, on your desk…etc). The visual reminder not only ensures you won’t forget them, but also prevents you from being distracted by other less important tasks.

Simplify your to-do list​

Prioritising your to-do list from most important to least important allows you to focus on what matters most. Rather than trying to achieve everything in one hit, concentrate on the top 3 items, then work your way down as the day progresses. It’s also important to remember that “someone’s urgency is not your emergency”. Saying no to others when you can’t commit to a task is an important interpersonal skill that ensures you’re not spreading yourself too thin.

"It's also important to remember that "someone's urgency is not your emergency"."

Pair up with an accountability partner to stay focused and on track

If you find sticking to a routine difficult on your own, think about pairing up with a like-minded friend, colleague or business mentor. Having someone to check in with you regularly can help you stay motivated and accountable, whilst providing an outlet to discuss and share experiences. Make sure you’re selective in who you choose, as trust and comfortability are important factors in creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

Take time out for yourself

An essential component in improving productivity, clarity and focus is taking time out to relax, recover and recharge. Just like our bodies, our brains need down time to function at their best and taking time out for yourself, even for as little as five minutes, can help you do this. Ensure you prioritise self-care, by writing down what you’re going to do to recharge, where you’re going to do it, when you’re going to do it and for how long. Planning out a specific routine that minimises procrastination is the key to taking action and ensures you don’t fall down the list of priorities.

Simplifying your life can be the key to improving focus, clarity and overall wellbeing. Don’t be shy to make yourself a priority by starting with as little as a few minutes per day.

A Note from The Wellness Workshop
Are your team members struggling to focus? Improve organisational and individual productivity by upskilling your workforce with a Work-life Balance Workshop, Stress Management Workshop or The Power of Habits today.

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