No matter how old you are, whether you’re a student, freelancer or in full time employment, we all struggle with getting things done from time to time. To help you out, we have put together our top 5 tips for those who are finding it difficult to get into the flow, those who feel that they’re not being productive.
Before starting, take a few seconds to get your mind in the right mindset. Personally, before doing brain-work, I like to run or do some exercise. This means that by the time I start working/studying, I have ironed out all the kinks in my body and have lots of oxygenated blood running to my brain.
2. Stimulating Smells
There are a few types of aromas that have been proven to help you focus, for example, peppermint and rosemary. You may choose to have a plant near your workspace, burn the essential oil or make a cup of peppermint tea. According to research, peppermint can increase your concentration by 8 percent. Pep me up peppermint!
It sounds strange that we’re recommending chewing gum, but it has a double-whammy positive effect on your concentration. The mint perks you up and the chewing action ensures that you’re breathing properly. Often when we’re on the computer we do automatic, shallow surface breathing, which means we’re not getting as much oxygen around our bodies as we could
4. Switch off your phone
Clear your workspace and remove all distractions. Turn your phone off or put it in another room. You’re only cheating yourself by using it. You can use your phone during the breaks. Whatever message comes, it’s probably not going to be so urgent that it can’t wait 25min.
5. Concentrate in bursts
The Pomodoro Technique involves concentrating as much as you can for 25 min (it’s very achievable). Then, when your 5 break time comes around, step away from your desk and do something else, somewhere else. If you stay on your laptop doing internet shopping your brain will not register it as a real break.
Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: http://bit.ly/1FAg8hB Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)