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Re-reading the same paragraph over and over? Here's how to address the physical, emotional and environmental issues that prevent concentration
Your ability to focus depends on physical, emotional and environment conditions
Lapses in attention happen every day. Your mind drifts from reviewing spreadsheets to checking e-mails to the conversation in the next cubicle. Multiple projects sit unfinished on your desk.
What makes it so hard to focus, and how can you keep your mind on track?
Total absorption in a task requires a balance of challenge and progress. If the work is too easy, you grow bored. If the work is too difficult, feelings of anxiety or frustration lead to avoidance.
Irregular sleeping and eating habits, binge drinking, sugary treats or overindulging in caffeine will affect your brain chemistry, weakening your ability to concentrate.
E-mail, websites and chatty co-workers can be an intrusion or a temptation, depending on how motivated you feel. Either way, they’ll mean big stress when your deadline finally looms.
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.