A recent news article published in the Safety4Sea speaks about how to stay focused and avoid distractions onboard.
Establishing healthy habits
Whether it’s fatigue, distractions or lack of motivation, our inability to focus hinders our productivity and limits our chances of success. Consequently, by eliminating distractions, investing time in maintaining physical and mental wellness, as well as establishing healthy habits, our productivity can be improved tremendously.
As humans, we can be very easily distracted. What is worst, we live in times when distractions are available in every place and time; be it a notification on our phone or computer, social media, endless scrolling on the internet, having many competing priorities or increased workload, our own natural behaviors or short attention spans that can put us off our stride. For that matter, setting a routine and forming habits is crucial. Even small things such as putting our phone away while we work, or putting it on airplane mode, can make a big difference and help us focus. Getting plenty of sleep, moving our body, and protecting our eyes from screen burnout can also help.
Moreover, it is of vital importance to remember to take breaks. In fact, time-blocking and including rest periods between sessions of work can help us organize our time and optimize our schedule. Namely, our attention span runs between 10-20 minutes, so it is easy to understand how one will quickly drift off from the task in hand. What is more, once distracted and moving away from our task, it can take us up to 23 minutes to go back into deep focus again. That’s why it is essential to have a few simple tips and tricks that can help us zone in and stay on track with our tasks every day, cultivating those routines and habits.
Cultivating routines habits
#1 Get rid of distractions: While we can’t do away with everything, we can try to reduce or get rid of as many distractions as possible, starting with the simple things, such as turning off notifications on our phone, or turning our phone off altogether, or by simply telling those around us not to distract us for a period of time.
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