The life we live today is very high-paced. Having to juggle work, errands, household matters, and more, there is a lot going in. In the middle of it all, it is normal that we become forgetful. We can forget to pick up the laundry, return back a call, or send birthday wishes to one of our friends. But is this becoming very frequent that it is starting to affect your day-to-day basic operations? If the answer is yes, then you need to take some action. If you’ve recently been noticing that you are forgetting more details and doing things uncharacteristically of you like leaving a wallet behind, losing your car keys, or important personal belongings, these are signs you have trouble concentrating.
What other signs indicate a problem with concentration?
• Difficulty thinking clearly and deeply.
• Repeating careless mistakes.
• Inability to meet deadlines and finish tasks.
• Forgetting things and having problems remembering important details and things.
Before you get too worried, the causes don’t necessarily have to be serious medical issues. The cause can vary between:
1. You are burnt out. Excess stress leads to burnout. When your mind is occupied with so many things to think about or things that need your attention and care the result is increasing stress and eventually burnout. When you reach that point it becomes harder for you to focus or concentrate.
2. Multitasking. As opposed to all the fuss going around multitasking and how it is great for productivity; it is not. The human brain was not designed to deal with all these stimulations we deal with today. Email, texts, calls, social media notifications, and a lot more. Having all this happening in the background makes it hard for you to focus on one thing and you will find yourself jumping from one thing to another. All these distractions are surefire ways to affect your ability to stay focused.
3. Lack of sleep. Sleep is the way we recharge, it is not something that you can compromise for the sake of other things. Sleep deprivation leads to several problems such as fatigue, dizziness, and in the long run brain fogginess. It becomes very hard for any person who doesn’t sleep 6-8 hours to be attentive throughout the day.
4. You are not living a healthy lifestyle. Lack of exercise and malnutrition play role in how we function. Not working out not only takes its toll on the body, but also on the mind. Exercising helps reduce stress and puts us in a better, clearer state of mind. Eating unhealthy food and not nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs affects our cognitive abilities.
5. You spend so much time in front of the screen. Too much screen time affects our attention span. Constantly scrolling through social media overly stimulates our brains and accordingly, it makes it hard for us to focus with all the unnecessary info you fill our minds with while randomly scrolling.