Hello all …. Dr Brad Ivanchuk here.
I am a Burlington, Ontario Chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
Last time I gave you 4 tips on how you can sit healthier
Today, I am going to give you 4 tips on how you can prevent focus hacks
and be more productive
And these tips will certainly apply to students of all ages as well.First of all, stop multi-tasking
Millennials are especially famous for this. They do it all the time and think it’s normal and a good thing to do.
However, multi-tasking actually divides your attention, decreases your cognition and hampers your productivity.
One way to stop multi-tasking is to reduce meaningless screen time and notifications. Or even better, turn them off completely when you are at work.
This will allow you tostay laser-beam focused on one task.Secondly, use a productivity timer
Estimate how long it will take to complete a task and set a timer (on your watch or phone) and attempt to accomplish the task within the allocated time.
Research shows that productivity timers increase ones performance and you get more stuff done.
What is even better is a productivity partner
. You and a co-worker can hold each other accountable and you can have a little bit of fun with this.
Third, take your green breaks.
Research shows people with ADD and ADHD who get at least 20 minutes of nature or green space time every dayhave improved levels of focus.
And this would be no different for any one of us. Make sure to get outside for at least 20 minutes on your lunch break.
If this is not possible, get it in before you go to work.And finally, be sure to take your vision breaks.
Let me explain; staring at your computer screen can reduce how much your eyes move in your work space by 60%.
This will lead to tension in your neck and shoulders and something called computer vision syndrome.
Seventy-five present of office workers have computer vision syndrome.
This can cause eye fatigue
, dry eyes
, difficulty focusing
and even insomnia
The solution … 20-20-20 vision breaks.
Every 20 minutes stare off at a distance of 20 meters for 20 seconds.
This is a very effective way of reducing the effects of computer vision syndrome.
So to recap, reduce your multi-tasking, use a productivity timer, take your green breaks and take your vision breaks.
More on this next time but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have,please call me.
Consults in our office are always free of charge and they also include a detailed postural analysis.