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By: Jackie Edwards
January 11, 2018
Staying focused is easier said than done. With distractions coming from left and right, often time, one ends up doing four or five things at once. While some of us are better multitaskers than others, the majority of hard workers reach the point where they’re unable to clearly focus and successfully carry out the task at hand.
Enlightened business and company owners understand the importance of a safe and healthy work environment, but what can be done to improve attention span and brain health in employees during such busy times?
Busy Brains in the Workplace
According to Dr. Lucia Kelleher, the “Busy Brain Syndrome” is what causes workers to go on autopilot – leading to less-than-quality results. Due to major distractions in our environment, employees are suffering from data overload, meaning there is too much for the brain to handle all at once. As a result, we are seeing a major increase in issues where employees suffer from constant distraction, which disrupts their ability to focus on the task.
Symptoms of Busy Brain Syndrome
- Increase level of irritability and distraction
- Short attention span
- Low accuracy and failure to spot key details
- Risk of poor decision making
- Difficulty in handling pressure at work and at home
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience published an initial test, which spanned over a period of four years revealed that busy people were the ones who scored the highest on brain cognition exams, better speed in processing, reasoning, memory, and crystallized knowledge. In addition, the same participants had a major performance gap when compared to those with easygoing lifestyles.
Strategy to Regain Focus in the Workplace
Implementing the assistance of expert mentors will help improve work rituals. One of the main reasons why concentration can be a struggle in the office is that your brain is accustomed to operating in a rapid mode. Additionally, many workplaces encourage high levels of cognitive stress, which naturally is not conducive to one’s health.
Schedule Interactive Meetings
Employees should aim to schedule meetings by themselves. This means that there cannot be any sudden urgent projects or meetings to occur at the same time. The point is to sidestep the pressure of urgency, and plan on working solely on the task, and investing real time into your work. By scheduling the times to work on the tasks, this will become a priority to keep that meeting. What’s more, you will have prepared your brain in advance and focus on the time allowed per task.
Shift Into Low Gear
When possible, avoid shifting in between tasks just to get everything done all at once. To make focusing easy, dive into your important tasks, and take a break when you become overwhelmed. Go for a short walk to help calm you down and shift into a creative mode. This will help you think outside the box and accomplish what you need. Furthermore, this way, you may even find time to take up a lucrative online side project that can lead to additional financial success.
The last resort is to encourage employees to stay responsible for their work. Perhaps another coworker is struggling to pin down time and tackle the project in a busy environment. Allow employees to find an hour or two to spend on planning. This way projects will be completed faster and more efficiently.