Reducing distractions and improving focus

What’s working well in coaching: Improving focus

Our clients commonly find that they have difficulty focusing, which means that they may procrastinate and be less likely to look after themselves by taking a break. In our coaching, we will talk about 360° of distraction and explore strategies for improving focus and attention.

People with Neuro diverse conditions (like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder) find it hard to filter out the irrelevant information surrounding them, meaning that they become easily distracted and find it hard to focus on the job in hand.

 

Technology and the modern world can be great and assistive technology is of real benefit to our clients. It can also be amazingly distracting, with a steady stream of information dripping into our awareness. Phone calls, the sound of people typing in addition to emails and social media notifications are just some of the things our clients find distracting.

 

An open plan office, like the one below, can be a bit of a nightmare if your thinking style is different. However, this is not exclusive to individuals with Neuro diversity, as many non-neuro diverse adults also find these environments to be distracting.

 

open plan office

Many of our clients have found that sitting with only 90 degrees of distraction helps them to concentrate. We usually recommend finding a corner spot where possible, where you can reduce the ‘degrees of distraction’ from 360 to, say 90. We find that distractions from behind are worst because you need to turn your head to eliminate them. If you can look up slightly or use your peripheral vision it’s easy to find your place again when you return to your focus.

 

Where this isn’t possible, we’ve found ear plugs or headphones work quite well, with noise cancelling headphones and listening to music. Music can be anything that you like to help you to concentrate and our clients commonly find classical music without words to be useful in improving their focus and attention.

 

Our clients often find they are more effective when they work from home. This is often because the environment can be controlled more easily, such as temperature and working conditions. Working from home can mean that you are less likely to be interrupted by being less visible to others.

 

Other strategies our clients find effective are moving desks, managing interruptions from colleagues, using a partition and diverting calls to voicemail. Our clients also find adjusting their working hours to when the office is quieter is useful.

 

Would you be able to come in earlier and go home earlier?

Are you better starting and finishing your working day later?

How would this choice fit in with your personal life?

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