Staring at a screen all day can put you in a trance that makes it hard to focus. If you find yourself getting distracted, try taking a micro break. Look away from your screen for around a minute to bring your focus back on track.
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As business blog Inc. points out, turning your attention away from the screen for a minute can give your brain a bit of a “soft reset”. You snap yourself out of the screen trance and, once you come back, you can make a more conscious decision about what you’re going to do next.
Inc. points to an Australian study that shows looking at green scenery for 40 seconds could help test subjects focus. While a single study doesn’t necessarily prove the rule, the act of looking away from your screen for a bit can at least help break the hypnotic stare of your display.