Stay Focused
Back to Ideas



Stay focused in a world full of distractions

4 min read

In this pandemic situation of Coronavirus aka COVID-19, most IT people work from home for the past few weeks. Though working from home is not new for some of them. This can be highly productive, but can also go badly wrong. It's all too easy to get distracted and to get very little done by the end of the day. At home, there are different kinds of distractions, which are not there in a typical workplace.

Good thing is, building focus is a lot like building physical muscle. It gets stronger when you work on building focus.

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.John Carmack

Let’s see some of the ways that you can apply and build a stronger focus in a world full of distractions.

Focus on one thing at a time

Don’t multitask. Instead, work on one task for a set time before you take a break or switch to another task. Use the Pomodoro method. You might be wondering, what's the Pomodoro Method? This method uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.

Take regular breaks

As we mentioned above about the Pomodoro Method, work intervals should be separated by short breaks. And use these breaks to complete your distraction items, like social media, googling some random questions/movie reviews, quick games, etc.


Practicing meditation regularly for even a few minutes can keep you cool, calm and collected. It increases your attention span. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.


During the day, practice mindfulness whenever you can. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment - and accepting it without judgment. Observe physical and emotional sensations at the moment. For example, when you eat, experience the flavor, smell and texture of food.


Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength, boost your endurance and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores. Studies have proven repeatedly that exercising helps us feel better, build strong willpower and be focused.

Be curious

Curiosity is what keeps us alive, drives us and helps us succeed. When you’re curious about something (not everything), you dig deeper and deeper to know more and It makes your mind active instead of passive. And, that really helps to build stronger focus.

Concentration exercises

Just like the muscles in your body, your brain needs weekly exercise to tone up the strength of its focus and concentration. There are some concentration exercises, like gazing at your finger or an object, focused breathing exercises (pranayama), using a stress ball, etc.

Research has proven that people who can focus for a long period perform better at any cognitive task. A scatter-shot focus person can surf through the surface of knowledge, but can’t dive deep to discover the treasure below.

Back-icon Back

What is a Wireframe? Why is wireframing so important?


Importance of Following a Daily Routine