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Humans can’t really get away with wearing blinkers in work, though it sometimes feel like that is what’s needed to concentrate. That said, Panasonic are currently in the process of developing this rather obscure contraption and we don’t know how to feel about it.

The Panasonic Future Life Factory has created a prototype called Wear Space in collaboration with Japanese fashion designer, Kunihiko Morinaga. It’s a soft, curved headpiece which is worn around the back of the head for optimum comfort.

In theory, it limits peripheral vision to reduce the impact of visual distractions. It comes with noise cancelling headphones, which can either be used as sound protection, or to listen to music.

But, in the absence of such new-fangled attire, here are some other tips to help improve focus.

Move your phone somewhere out of reach

Social media notifications, personal emails and messages are the devil when it comes to distraction. Put it in your bag, lock it in a draw or send it up to space. Do whatever it takes to stop yourself obsessively scrolling for a while.

Try starting your day with a bit of exercise

Couldn’t think of anything worse? We get it. Getting your blood pumping in the morning can have a dramatic impact on your energy levels and alertness throughout the day, though.

Fuel your brain and body with good food

Did you know the brain is made up of 60% fat? Make sure you fill up on healthy fats such as nuts, eggs and avocado as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Literally food for thought.

Swap sugar and caffeine for two litres of water

Put down the cans and take a few less trips to the kettle. Drinking more water improves cognitive function and reduces lethargy.

Make yourself some to-do lists

Using to-do lists can aid organisation and motivation, and gives you the satisfaction of crossing things off. Set digital reminders or take advantage of the good old sticky note.

Have an early night once in a while

When you’ve stayed up watching The Office back-to-back until the wee hours, you can’t possibly expect to focus properly. Make sure you’re getting a good 8 hours sleep each night.

Make sure you’re not taking on too much

Having too much on your to-do list is a bit like having too many tabs open in your brain. Your brain is working so hard to operate everything at once, it’s virtually impossible to concentrate on a single task.

Do you have any of your own handy hints on how to concentrate better at work? Leave them in the comments below or come and share them with us over on Twitter or Facebook.

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