“The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things.” ~ Alexa Hirschfeld

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Productivity is not a question of how much time a day you spend working. Sometimes, a day in which you’ve worked for just three or four hours can end up being much more productive than a day in which you’ve been trying to work for more than eight. Have you ever experienced this?

Lack of focus is one of the greatest enemies of productivity. Constant — and often inefficient — meetings, colleagues who are constantly interrupting, phone calls, and any other distraction, lower your performance and make you waste time and energy, not just working but trying to do whatever other activity.

Fortunately, there are many techniques available that can help you maintain your concentration. Below you can find some “common sense” tips to improve your focus. If you’d like to learn about more intensive techniques, I’d suggest you to look into something like meditation or yoga.

Originally published at facilethings.com.

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