How to Stay Naturally Focused and Sharp


Translation business requires being focused; doing so will enhance prompt response to clients, boost your productivity, and improve your overall wellbeing as a linguist.  Bottom of Form

There are many approaches to staying naturally focused and sharp.  Three of them are discussed here namely: (a) Nutrition (b) Herbal Supplements  (c) Lifestyle Behaviour


As a linguist, certain foods must be constant in your diet, because studies show that they boost concentration and prevent short term memory.








For instance, your breakfast should consist of egg, wheat bran cereal, and coffee.  Other foods include:








Fish and Flaxseed – Flaxseed and oily fish like salmon and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Fatty acid plays a key role in preserving brain health, and help improve attention, especially in children.


Antioxidant-Rich Foods – According to a research review, antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin E  enhance cognitive ability.







Other antioxidant foods are: Goji berries, Wild blueberries, Dark chocolate, Pecans, Artichoke, Elderberries, Kidney beans, Cranberries, Blackberries, Cilantro.

B. Herbal Supplements

As a linguist, you need these natural herbs that can power-up your productivity, improve your mental focus and boost your total brain power!

However, some herbal therapies may interact with medications, so consult your trusted physician before using them.







Bacopa (bacopa monnieri) –  Bacopa monnieri is a highly esteemed Ayurvedic herb with a history of use that goes back over 3,000 years.

Legend has it that it was used by ancient scholars to memorize lengthy hymns and scriptures.  It served as a brain tonic to enhance memory, learning, and concentration and also to treat anxiety, heart and lung problems and digestive disorders. 








Brahmi –  Brahmi is believed to work by supporting the left and right spheres of the brain to work together more synergistically. This has been found to increase memory, intelligence, focus and capacity for learning. Brahmi may also offer a secondary benefit of reducing stress.







Ginkgo Biloba – This herb is believed to offer numerous cognitive benefits. Some research suggests that ginkgo biloba may help to heal and regenerate the cells in your brain, which is clearly good news for your mental function as a linguist, especially as you age! Further studies suggest that this plant may also enhance memory, attention and  intelligence.









Gotu Kola – Gotu Kola is an herb found in Asia, Australia, India, South Africa and the South Pacific. It is high in nutrients that are needed for healthy brain function. Gotu Kola stimulates blood circulation to improve concentration, mental clarity, and attention span. Studies have shown that this herb can help your body to ‘adapt’ to stress more effectively.




Green Tea – If you are feeling stressed, grab a cup of green tea.  Green tea contains a little caffeine ( about 25 mg per 8-ounce serving), and provides focus and energy while it relaxes you.








Rosemary is popular in Mediterranean cooking! It is a brain-booster, and helps with memory retention, especially when used as an essential oil in aromatherapy.

 C. Lifestyle Behaviours

Adopt these simple and healthy behaviors to boost your concentration:








Exercising either in the morning, afternoon or evening can naturally help improve your focus.  For instance, aerobic exercises will boost  a type of neurotransmitter in your  body that increases concentration levels. A jog, run, or even a brisk walk outside during a break in that translation assignment can also help improve your focus.









Jotting down information will help you remember and visualize your translation or transcription assignments for the day. It is an easy way to remind yourself of your daily schedule. The habit of sticking a handy note beside your computer can help improve your focus naturally.



Use Noise-Canceling Headphones







You may find a Noise-cancelling headphone very useful during transcription and translation tasks, because it will absorb external sounds that may interrupt your concentration.  Noise-pollution is everywhere and if you’re looking to block out noise to enable you focus, a headphone will do the trick.


Sleep Sufficiently







As a freelancer, the tendency is there to work round the clock at the expense of your health.  However, you need to maintain balance.  Sufficient sleep will keep you refreshed, and strong to resume your work with high concentration.


Manage Stress







Managing your everyday stress will enhance your cognitive function, and make you stay focused and sharp.  Try these stress-management techniques like meditation, breathing from your diaphragm, taking a walk, or expressing gratitude.  All these will make you feel happier, more relaxed and more focused.

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