3 tips on how to not be a scatterbrain…

I admit it…sometimes, I feel scattered. And, worse, sometimes I am scattered.
What is a scatterbrain?
The definition according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: a person who is forgetful, disorganized, or unable to concentrate or think clearly.
Sound familiar?
It happens to all of us at one point or another…
maybe you sit down at your computer and you feel completely reactive; you spend an entire day simply responding and reacting and putting out fires. Or maybe you get on Facebook for just one minute, but an hour later…you’re looking at your newsfeed, then you go to Instagram, then Snapchat, then you check out a few videos on YouTube and now, half the day is over and all you’ve managed to do is consume and respond to content.
I know this has happened to me.
Is it fixable?
Yes! Read on to find out how…
First, do not start your day with social media or email unless your job requires it. It’s too easy to get sucked into them. If you can’t handle the notifications without responding to them, then turn them off.
Second, stop multitasking. Stop trying to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. It will interrupt your flow and concentration.
Third, do your hardest tasks first. Being fresh in the morning, you will be able to tackle the big stuff with more energy, greater ease, more patience and focus.
And my final tip is to practice coherence. In physics, coherence refers to making light waves line up and march in the same direction. That’s how a laser works. So when you are having a scatterbrain day, use these tips to tighten your focus to a pinpoint and bring the laser of your attention to bear on one aspect at a time. You’ll end up doing faster, better, higher-quality work in a shorter period of time.
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