Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.
Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD.
Train Your Brain
The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.
In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.
We hate to break it to you, but the concept of multitasking is almost nonexistent. Our brains are physically unable to focus on more than one thing at any given time. Multitasking has essentially become the practice of switching between multiple things in a short amount of time.
The problem with this in CAD is that it prohibits you from giving any one project your full, undivided attention. Because of this, designs can become more prone to error and may lack creativity.
To prevent this, create a list of projects and tasks in order of importance. Try to gauge how long each will take you and split them up among each day of the week. This will help outline your priorities each week and allow you to hone in on each project efficiently.
Get a Sugar High
No, not literally. But, research shows that your brain gets energy from glucose, or sugar, which can help maintain regular
concentration. Consider snacking on foods that already have natural sugars and require chewing, as chewing increases oxygen flow to your brain as well. And, who doesn’t love an excuse to snack?
Some ideas to consider are chewing gum, nuts, apples, bananas or raisins. Research shows that chewing gum, specifically, can also help improve your long- and short-term memory.
Limit Your Notifications
It’s near impossible to get away from technology. And, being in the CAD industry, we don’t recommend shutting down all other tech devices. Your coworkers and clients still need to be able to get in touch with you, and the internet is a necessary tool for any profession.
What we do recommend is limiting and filtering your notifications for things like news alerts, email, instant messaging and more. Give yourself more control over the internet and technology rather than making them out to be an enemy of concentration. Adjust your computer and browser settings to that your inbox only refreshes once an hour and your news alerts only pop up during a certain hour of the day, like lunch.
Use the Proper CAD Tools for Uninterrupted Focus
Half the battle is investing time in the right concentration tips and techniques, and the other half is making sure you have the proper tools to make your design experience as smooth as possible.
One of the best ways to keep your focus while working in CAD is by using the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit. The kit is a bundle of CAD tools and hardware that help make your work easier, faster and more accurate.
Included are the SpaceMouse Enteprise, CadMouse, CadMouse Pad, a twin-port USB hub and the 3DxWare 10 software driver. These tools all work to provide seamless, uninterrupted movement while working within your designs, so your focus doesn’t need to be interrupted by technology glitches.