Projects are stacking up, you have a million emails to respond to, and your upcoming deadlines are looming. How do you concentrate enough to get it all done in time? Well, I’ll tell you! There’s a fail-proof technique that you can use to concentrate on schoolwork, work work, or anything else that needs your full attention.
I don’t know why this works, but it does! (I even took this trick out on my own when I went off to college and then out into the working world and it continued to help me out tremendously.) Presumably, it’s a palpable way to take a hold of something that’s distracting you and physically put it somewhere else to trick your brain into forgetting about it. But no matter how or why it works, it does work. Try it for yourself!
Here are a few rules to keep in mind when using The Sticky Note Focus Method:
- Don’t write anything on your sticky note that you should be thinking about to get your work done, just something that’s distracting you.
- Be honest – if you’re thinking about a secret crush or taking a nap with your teddy bear that’s okay, just write it down. These notes are for you, no one else.
- You don’t need to write a tiny essay describing what’s going on in your head, just jot down a few words.
- Stick the sticky note out of arm’s reach where you can’t see it.
- Write one distraction down every 30 or 60 minutes, whichever suits your needs better.
- If you do this for a long time (like a whole afternoon or overnight) stick each sticky note in a different place rather than all together in one location.
Good luck and happy concentrating!
Kate Pierce is the owner of LionShark Digital Marketing LLC, a West Michigan internet marketing company. Her areas of expertise include Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Web Consulting for small businesses, Copywriting and Local Online Marketing. She lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband and enjoys cooking, watching sports and spending time outdoors. Like a true digital marketing expert (i.e. geek), she loves talking about marketing theory and SEM trends… so don’t say you weren’t warned!