Lack of Concentration: Why Can't I Focus?

Lack of Concentration: Why Can’t I Focus?

We all know that feeling — you’re in the middle of a crucial work or school project. You understand what you need to do to reach your deadline. However, you can’t seem to concentrate enough to put a dent in your work. If you frequently experience this struggle, there are a few productive ways to positively impact your growth mindset to improve focus.

Take a look at the following causes of lack of concentration and ways to improve your focus.

What Causes Lack of Focus and Concentration?

You’re not alone if you always ask yourself, “Why can’t I focus?” The upheaval caused by the pandemic has led many people to have unprecedented life changes in the past few years, resulting in a decline in mental health and increased stress and lack of concentration. These circumstances are completely out of our control, making our day-to-day lives unpredictable. 

Everyone has a different reason for letting their mind wander at school or work. The cause of no focus can typically fall into two distinct categories — health conditions and lifestyle factors. 

The rise in mental health conditions in each age group can make it hard to concentrate at work and school. If you have a mental health diagnosis or another health condition, your symptoms of no focus could result from these psychological and physical effects on your body.

Health conditions that can cause no focus include:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Concussion

Several external factors can impact our health and cause a lack of concentration. Even the slightest changes to your sleeping, eating and exercise patterns can influence your daily productivity.

Lifestyle factors that can make it hard to concentrate include:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Not enough exercise
  • Appetite changes

Symptoms of No Focus

Symptoms that result from a lack of concentration are different for each person. You may notice minor changes to your attitude or mindset at first. Over time, these changes can reveal other symptoms that make it more evident that you cannot concentrate for multiple hours each day. 

Symptoms of No Focus

Luckily, you know yourself better than anyone else. The easiest way to figure out why you can’t concentrate is by looking at your medical history and daily routine. Before making any necessary changes, try to take note of what physical, mental and emotional symptoms you feel throughout the day, even if you don’t think they relate to your focus levels. 

If you can’t concentrate, you may notice the following symptoms in your daily life:

  • Not remembering short-term ideas or thoughts
  • Making irrational decisions
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Lacking physical and mental energy
  • Misplacing things
  • An overall sense of distraction
  • Not sitting still

Three Ways to Improve Your Concentration

No matter your daily schedule, you can implement easy changes to your life that make it easy to concentrate on work, school and your favorite hobbies! Each person has different symptoms and causes of a lack of concentration, so it may take some time to find which focus methods work for you. Try each of these tips and see how your productivity, satisfaction with your daily performance and happiness can improve. 

1. Finish a Task Before Starting a New One

Multitasking may sound convenient when you have a lot on your plate at work or school. However, the human brain cannot focus on more than one thing at a time without hindering its performance or cognitive ability. When we focus on too many projects at once, we lose motivation and concentration as quickly as we gain it. 

To boost your concentration during the day, try to create a to-do list with your daily tasks. You can spend a designated amount of time on each before checking it off and starting the next. This step will encourage your mind to focus solely on one item on your list until you can finish it and move on to another project or chore. 

It’s essential to give your brain a rest and increase your concentration by forgetting about multitasking in the workplace. 

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2. Schedule an Energy & Focus IV Drip Appointment

Without the proper diet and exercise, our minds and bodies lose focus quickly throughout the day. You can benefit from our Energy & Focus IV Drip Package when you need essential vitamins and nutrients fast. With a simple IV therapy appointment, you can start to feel energized and concentrated in less than an hour. The specially formulated mixture of fluids, vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants fights off fatigue, so you feel ready to conquer any challenge. After one session, you can notice enhancements to your mood and work performance.

3. Create Your Flow

Hyperfocus can come and go without so much as a mental warning. One minute, our brains are going a million miles an hour to complete several projects. The tasks can feel overwhelming the next minute, and we push them off to the side. This moment is when a lack of concentration and motivation starts to kick in. 

When you feel like your focus is wearing off from too many projects, try to identify the triggers in your workspace or mindset that are decreasing your concentration. You could have too many things to focus on at once. It could be hunger or even a question that pushes you behind schedule for a project. When you recognize the thoughts that lead you out of the “concentration zone,” it becomes easier to avoid these feelings. 

If you feel mentally muddled, try focusing on less demanding tasks that only take a few minutes to an hour to complete. Your mind will concentrate on the bigger picture again once it realizes you can still get things done when you are not as hyperfocused during the day.

Regain Concentration With Mobile IV Medics

Regain Concentration With Mobile IV Medics

When you need an extra boost throughout the day, Mobile IV Medics can help! Our Energy & Focus IV Drip Package gives your mind and body essential nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and taurine in one quick session. 

You can even schedule your IV therapy session at your house to feel comfortable and prepared for a productive day ahead. A registered nurse will administer the IV and answer any questions about benefits, future appointments and add-on packages to optimize your treatment.

Book your appointment with us today!

About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.