5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAINTAIN FOCUS

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAINTAIN FOCUS // STEPHI LAREINE

Todays post is going to change your idea of work, sometimes it can be an absolute snore, routine can become so repetitive that you lose sight of initial goals, I’ll help you to stop procrastinating, stay focused and work efficiently.

We all slip off the bandwagon from time to time, sometimes the ideas just run dry, or sometimes you can’t not help but find yourself watching a 45 minute compilation of cat videos (yes I do this alot!) I apply every technique below to all areas of life; blogging, university and work. Success comes from fresh-minded idea generation and our ability to think outside the box, so perhaps you’re stuck in a rut, if not swerving off on a tangent, these tips and tricks are for you to apply to your every day life, remember it’s all in the baby steps!

 

WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU WANT

 

This may be the obvious one, but sometimes the only thing that can stop you is not admitting it to yourself. Maybe you don’t know exactly what you want but getting pen to paper can at least start the ball rolling, I write daily to-do-lists and by seeing a clear list of goals in front of me motivates me to stick to them.

Dissect it to smaller points eg: create blog post, take images, write text, upload etc. It’s easier on the brain to comprehend smaller chunks of information, and by writing yourself a list you’re only verifying what you already know. This could be as step by step instructions or as big as your yearly goals, it’s up to you but if it’s productive then you’re heading in the right direction!

I’m a fiend of good stationary, my motivation rockets when I know the equipment I use is either handy, humorous or just plain adorable. I got these from Ohh Deer (here and here!), from the Let’s Get Shit Done line, they have an amazing range of not only stationary but other funny, quirky odds and sods. I’ve also included my favourite Swarovski Crystal Ballpoint pen, something I think most people underestimate, my desk looks professional and my self esteem goes up a notch every time I use it. I seriously recommend good stationary whether you’re sat at a desk all day or not.

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAINTAIN FOCUS // STEPHI LAREINE // TIMEX, OHH DEER, SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET, SWARVOSKI CRYSTAL PEN

STAY ORGANISED

 

Cluttered studio, cluttered work, cluttered progress!

Have an ounce of organisation  can help to stop you worrying about other things, I love people who keep a minimalistic desk, with the bare essentials, and by having exactly what you need at arms length you can keep your concentration on the important things. Consider filing things into separate cabinets, folders or drawers, if you can keep other burdens off your mind, the less you worry.

KEEP TIME

 

Haven’t we all spent hours on a sole task that could take us significantly less? I always wear a watch or keep the time near me, I hate the prospect of wasting time, as a person who thinks there should be at least a few more hours in the day I find it very important keeping track of the hours with a hectic schedule.

This watch from Timex pretty much sums up productivity in a watch, it looks smart, block colours, clear san-serif numbers, it’s almost clinical but looks gorgeous. Check out the range here!

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAINTAIN FOCUS // STEPHI LAREINE // TIMEX, OHH DEER, SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET, SWARVOSKI CRYSTAL PEN

RELAX

 

This can be a dangerous point if abused, and may lead to procrastination and many hours wasted on the internet scrolling. Tunnel vision leads us to making poor decisions and a great piece of advice I’ve always taken with me is to take regular breaks, get your eyes away from the screen/notepad and stay away from anything that requires high amounts of concentration.

I usually put on a Spotify playlist of soft sounds on my tablet. Just something to take my head to another place, and provoke some thought. My other method of relaxing is to put on scented candles, I am an absolute sucker for a good candle and have been loving this Pomegranate and White Fig scented candle by Flamingo Gifts, they’re getting pretty big now and I’d wanted one of these after I heard all the hype from fellow friends and bloggers.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

 

This is of upmost importance, without faith and having self doubt you can dig yourself a deeper hole. Find what motivates you, what gives you drive and makes you want to halt everything so you can get something done! Don’t let other people put you down, you’re a wonderful human being with so many talents and skills, and to waste all those abilities would be a real shame.

 

Let me know what you do to keep focus!

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19 Comments

  1. March 11, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Thanks for this, Stephi. Great post and definitely some useful tips in here. For about two years now, I've been using the Pomodoro technique for day to day work and it's amazing how much you can get done; 50 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Adding that on top of your tactics would be sooo effective x

  2. March 11, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Great tips, making lists is definitely a great one it's a great feeling when you can just start crossing things off them to xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

  3. Anonymous
    March 11, 2015 / 10:25 am

    wow this is good!

  4. Amy
    March 11, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    this is so true!

  5. March 12, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I will definitely be taking these into account! I procrastinate alot, and usually at the worse of times! I love making to do lists but I should really stick to them – there is nothing more satisfying that ticking everything off! x

    http://www.thatgirlrhianna.blogspot.com/

  6. March 12, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    That sounds like a fantastic technique I'm gonna use this, thanks for giving back! x

  7. March 12, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    You feel so insanely productive! x

  8. March 12, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    What a fab way to spend your time though! x

  9. March 12, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    you're totally right, ticking everything off is the best feeling! x

  10. March 13, 2015 / 8:15 am

    No worries. There are loads of apps out there for desktop and mobile. Plus, as you go through the day you stack up tomatoes, so it's bizarrely satisfying! Ha. Look forward to hearing how you get on 🙂 x

  11. March 14, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Great tips which I can use for my upcoming exams, it's hard to stay motivated and on task sometimes x

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  12. Anonymous
    March 17, 2015 / 9:18 am

    love this!

  13. March 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

    glad you found this very useful! x

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