15 Ways to Improve Motivation & Concentration

Last Update: January 26, 2016

15 Ways to Improve Motivation & Concentration

I know how hard it can be focus and concentrate on your work. I don't know about you, but I tend to get easily distracted and then I forget something important that I needed to do. If this is you as well and I suspect it is for many of my friends and followers, try following these simple tips.

  1. Design an adequate environment for yourself. Check lighting, noise, comfort of furniture and other important things like height of computer. Test it out in three or four places to determine which spot works best for you.
  2. Make sure you have all the tools (i.e. compass, notebook, pens) you need before you begin working on your affiliate marketing and WA websites.
  3. Choose a regular time to work each day so that you set a pattern for yourself. This is something I am still working. I have to take into account, for example, sleeping schedules of other family members and find an office space where I can late into the night.
  4. Have a special reminder notepad for jotting down extraneous thoughts that enter you mind while you are working (e.g. Calling a friend for a lunch date). This will help create a balance in your life so you are not spending too much time with WA and other relevant work such as website problems, etc.
  5. Use a symbol for working on WA and niche marketing. Choose an item, like a hat, that you put on when, and only when, you are working or an item that you place on your desk as a reminder.
  6. Relax your body before you start working.
  7. Relax your body and give yourself an affirmation and/or an image that will motivate you.
  8. Do some alternate nostril breathing before you begin work.
  9. Imagine that your brain is filled with the subject that you are going to work and that there is no room for anything else. See that the focus on your mind is blocked from that subject.
  10. Take two minutes before reading a blog to jot down everything you expect to come up in the text that you are about to read. This will help you when you are reading other blogs within your niche. You will be able to pick up patterns easier.
  11. Break assignments or tasks into small step-by-step pieces. This helps me if I know I have a big project in front of me which will require much time. This happened to be me recently when they was a problem with one of my websites and I was not sure how to tackle the problem and I knew it required researched, I broke it down into smaller sub-tasks.
  12. Analyze your work ethics to make sure that your problem is one of concentration and not making excuses for not getting on the computer today.
  13. Develop a "contract" for a things that you might be putting off. Decide if you are more responsive to reward or punishment and construct a contract accordingly. For example, “For every 10 blogs within my niche I read, I can listen to music for 10 minutes”, or “If I don’t read 20 blogs within my niche, I must wear mismatched socks tomorrow”.
  14. If you are having problems figuring out a problem, never underestimate the power of the WA community. There are so many people who will go out of their way to help you here, especially if they see you are always paying it forward.
  15. My last one is always be approachable and social-able to your fellow affiliates. You can squeeze in sometime to exchange ideas with other members of our community, because hearing what others are thinking will spark ideas.

I hope this was a helpful blog. As mentioned in my featured image here, please feel free to leave other ideas here. I might re-do this blog as a WA training down the road, but for now, I wanted to share.

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Nemy24 Premium
Awesome blog. Just what i needed to reed tonight. Thanks a lot stephhill... :)
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Loes Premium
Thanks Steph, good material to think over:)
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laurenjean Premium
Ha ha, no. 13 is classic! Awesome blog, thanks Stephanie
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks, Steph, There is a mountain of information, and great suggestions for one here. Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves as a respected employee who needs some support and encouragement at times!
Sami
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WebBasedUser Premium
Excellent, well written blog...
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stephhill Premium
Thank you Peter. I appreciate you checking it out.
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NWinter Premium
Good list. I'm gona print it out and study it more cuz I definitely need to step up my game. One thing I won't use as punishment is wearing mismatch socks. I do that on a regular basis.
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stephhill Premium
Well, if you wear socks on a regular basis then that probably will not be good punishment. You are right. :)

You will need to find something else to do or something else to take away. As a former school teacher, we used to refer to this as positive reinforcement.
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TonyHamilton Premium
Thank You Steph for sharing these 15 ways to improve motivation and concentration, they are very interesting and will be very helpful. One way that I would love to share is to remember how it felt the last time that You wrote a nice blog and focus on that feeling so as to achieve it again. I love the mismatched socks idea and sometimes do that without even realizing it. Thank You Steph for sharing & caring, Tony
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stephhill Premium
Hi Tony:

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. I really appreciate it. I sometimes mismatch my socks too without even noticing until later - especially if I am getting dressed in the early morning and it is dark and I put on a navy blue one and a black one. Ever done that? Happened to me recently. That was what gave me the idea.

Also, I like your idea about remembering how it felt to publish a nice blog, knowing that it will help someone somewhere out there. It is always nice to pay it forward and yes, sharing is caring.

Steph
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Apeng Premium
It's helpful Steph ... Don't think I can follow it all though ... 15 is too much to check for me ... Har harbhar ... But it's helpful especially for an Asian redneck like me ... Chai yo Steph, Apeng.
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stephhill Premium
Hi Apeng:

Glad it is helpful, even for those Asian Rednecks. :) I am sure you are not a Redneck though. Thank you for stopping and reading it.
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mjdimarco Premium
This blog is very sensible and helpful. Thank you.
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stephhill Premium
You're Welcome Michael.
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Steph, I rank high as being "king of being distracted" so this is a great help for me. I am still battling distraction, but I know I will win. Thanks again.
Bill
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stephhill Premium
Hi Bill:

I am battling with distraction too (and forgetfulness) - we are in the same boat.

Steph
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Everlight Premium
Thank you for the ideas Steph :)

Cheers,
Ferdinand
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Ferdinand!
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BobLoder Premium
Outstanding ideas! I've saved this to use in my office (a/k/a living room).

Bob
St Augustine, Florida
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stephhill Premium
You are most welcome Bob. Isn't great being able to refer to our living room as our office.
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AlejandraB Premium
Thanks for sharing Step, this is a good points list to remember when working from home.
Alejandra.
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Alejandra!
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RonAlderman Premium
Wonderful tips. I am store this for future use as a reminder! Thanks.
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Ron. I am glad it is useful to you.
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lynnsam61 Premium
Great tips and suggestions! Thank you!
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hadams Premium
Great! I especially related to points 5 and 10. Thanks for this!
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JulietAA Premium
Thanks Steph, points noted.
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NyFl Premium
Great advise but one should not get into a trap of using elaborate preparation to delay working.
Regards
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sofieanderin Premium
Great post,thanks!
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peter65 Premium
Hi friend, these are wonderful ideas that will impact positively on the road to success. Time had been my greatest problem as I work 12 hours daily, only have a few hours to work on my site and with associated fatigue could barely achieve a task. Will try to work on these with the help of these great ideas and believe will make out something down the road. Thanks for sharing. all the best, God bless you.
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Loudu Premium
Thank you good points
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome.
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KatieMac Premium
Good post Step and very useful advice working at home certainly has its challenges
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stephhill Premium
Hi Katie. Thank you for reading my WA blog. I appreciate it.
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vin8 Premium
Thanks Stephanie, good advise.
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome
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JudeP Premium
Great pointers, thank you :)
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Jude!
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TamaraP Premium
Wow, great list, thank you. I do some of this tips, and I will try out others that you recommended. Bookmarked :-)
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stephhill Premium
You're welcome Tamara!
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DDASHCZAR Premium
Thanks, Steph
This post is really helpful for me.
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stephhill Premium
I am glad Dariscus!
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DDASHCZAR Premium
I am more glad to have you as my friend, a guide and a coach.
You are a wonderful person Steph:)
Thank you for supporting this stranger.

Darius
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Melisha Premium
Hello Stephanie, thank you for sharing your post. I will be printing a copy to remind me :)
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stephhill Premium
Hi Melisa. I am glad it is helpful.
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Maxiam59 Premium
I like them all and thank you for sharing them all the best Max
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stephhill Premium
You are most welcome Max.
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AlexEvans Premium
Very good advice, any tips to help productivity, very much appreciated. Thank you.
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stephhill Premium
Hi Alexander!

I am glad they were helpful. Have a great day!
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darajeanne Premium
YES to the notebook for stray and random thoughts. If I don't write them down right away they're gone!
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stephhill Premium
Oh I know. That is me too. I have a legal pad next to me at the computer that I write all of this stuff down. When I started doing that, I felt more organized. How about you?
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Michelle2016 Premium
I have to say my favorite is #10; I would have never thought to do that. Good post!
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stephhill Premium
Hi Michelle:

Good I am glad it was helpful. The reason behind number 10 is so you can begin to pick up on patterns and start to discover that you might actually know more than you think you do. Does this make sense?
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Michelle2016 Premium
Yes, I also thought, (and correct me if I am wrong), if I see patterns of the basically the same things being said, I know where I can be different and more helpful.
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freedom1207 Premium
Really valuable stuff, Steph. Love the alternative nostril breathing tip! Thanks for this share. Warmly, Heather
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stephhill Premium
I sometimes have to get up and walk around and if I do some breathing and relaxation methods it helps me. We will all face frustrating situations and sometimes we may have to say "No" to doing certain things, but if we stay true to ourselves and focus on our inner selves, we will function better.
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freedom1207 Premium
Sage advice, Steph. That's how I live my life. :-)
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bjdluna Premium
Thank you Steph! This is very helpful! I am very easily distracted too so I find these suggestions very helpful.
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stephhill Premium
I am glad I am not the only one who finds it hard to concentrate. I know I have ADHD which makes it hard and I am always distracted by things.
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bjdluna Premium
Yes, me too! ADD or whatever it's called. I'm very easily distracted.
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SZev Premium
Great stuff, thanks Steph
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome. I find these suggestions help me. I am hoping they help others too.
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onlinejim Premium
An excellent resource. Thank You
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stephhill Premium
Thank you so kindly.
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LLiu Premium
Thank you Steph for a great post and very helpful tips to get us on the right tract, and you are so right about networking it helps our fellow member and It helps us with some ideas as well...sparking new ideas that we may have other wise never thought of.
Awesome post,
Linda :)
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stephhill Premium
You are welcome Linda. How is everything going so far? Are you still struggling with the PPC campaigns?
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LLiu Premium
Thanks Steph. I have been doing a few things and will get back to it. Will be in touch!
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stephhill Premium
Great. I hope all is well. I have been busy too but will always make time. :)
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LLiu Premium
Thank you Steph!
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stephhill Premium
You're welcome.
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