Feeling like there is just too much going on that doesn’t seem to get done? Feeling like the hours of the day are just escaping you and you do not know why? This could be due to having a lack of FOCUS. Check out these key areas to emphasis in your life to learn how to focus and get out of the rut.
- Stop Multitasking: Let’s be honest…we all tend to do this! It appears to be an action that gets a lot more done in our daily life. However, the truth is that when someone multitasks, they are essentially splitting their brain function into two separate items of thought. Doing these two or more tasks at the same time just lowers performance and uses up twice as much unnecessary energy in our daily routines. This leads to the next topic on how to…
- Focus on Two Critical Things Per Day: If you take the time to make a to-do list each day for items, narrow it down to just critical items! Putting little tasks on the list will just lower your energy levels. Would you really want to use your peak energy while you take out the trash or washing the dishes? No! Get to a subject or topic that takes serious thought and consideration and your results will show!
- Control Email: Email Inbox’s…something that most people feel like they have to check constantly in order to stay on top of the constant flow of questions sent and answers replied. The feeling of cleaning out one’s inbox is one of accomplishment and satisfaction, but it comes at a cost. Checking your email can cause the brain an average of 15 minutes to refocus on a task you were previously working on. The best solution to this is to handle a problem by simply calling or talking in-person then sending an endless chain of wordy emails.
- Interval Train: What does this mean? Think of it in terms of sports. Athletes learn how to focus by regularly alternate between doing harder workouts for a length of time and switching to a lesser routine or rest period. The best solution to this problem is to set goals of when you will focus on your work and nothing else. For example, start focusing on only doing your assigned task for 15 minutes then gradually work yourself up to longer periods of time like 30 minutes. As well, you can use this solution to control your email problem listed above. Use the last 10 minutes of every hour to focus solely on email and the other 50 minutes for assignments!
- Practice The Brainpower Of None: Taking the time to get away from everything in the world is one of the simplest things to do to improve your focus. Stepping back and getting away from all the technology and “noise” around us can help free your brain of clutter and let it process information more deeply and logically. Some ways to accomplish this are leaving the radio off in the car when driving home, leaving your phone at home while taking a walk or run, or getting up and taking a walk/stretch while at work. Having this opportunity of having fewer choices allows us to think clearly and ultimately change our thought process for the better.