Learning to focus was a little difficult for me growing up but if it was something I truly enjoyed like learning. My focus was dialed in I couldn’t be distracted. I find I am a bit more distracted nowadays because I am thinking a lot and possibly overthinking. So how does one become so laser-focused with what is going on around them? It takes a lot of discipline and removing of distractions to really sit down and focus in on something. So how? Here are some ways.
Limited phone time:
One of the biggest things for me was my phone. I found I had my phone on me a lot, looking at it whenever a notification went off even in the mornings and evenings. I found that after some time of weening myself off of it, life seems a little less complicated and I can really enjoy the moment. Before bed for about two hours or so I go without my phone and for about two hours after waking I do that same. Those few hours I am able to be proactive in getting some tasks I need to get done, write, vlog, blog, get my morning routine done, etc. The same thing at night, really enjoy being home and relax before bed. While at work, I keep my phone out of sight, only checking it if there is an emergency call or on my breaks and lunches. Eliminating my use time with my phone became a little bit easier as I shifted my focus in being in the moment, even when friends and family were around I just put it down and enjoyed being in their company.
Eliminating outside distractions:
If I am working on a blog at my desk, I turn off notifications on my desktop, keep my kitty, Ziva out of the room or distracted, and listen to some relaxing tunes before beginning my writing session.
Set a timer:
For about an hour I spent on just focusing on writing or researching a topic. Then I take a five-minute break in between whatever task I am going to start next. Many times 20-30 minutes is all it takes for me to really crank out a blog or video and move on to the next thing. But within that time I get a lot done. More words are written and edited.
I find that taking notes or writing out a list of things to accomplish in a day is great. I try not to overwhelm myself. Five or six things at most but things I can get done in a good time frame that won’t take up the whole day. With chunks at a time penciled in for variety and spontaneous fun.
I can not stress enough how much meditation has helped. Not just guided but self-meditation being in the moment and listening to my heartbeat. I am reminded that I am human, I am alive and I have so much to give. Trust me it was difficult at first. I started with a few minutes at a time before falling asleep. Then I gradually increase to about a half-hour. This has helped me focus on being present and enjoying the moment.
No real thing as multitasking:
This is when taking notes comes in handy. At my work, I am consistently taking notes and providing information to get back to clients with. I set a reminder for myself and take notes before moving on to the next thing. One can move from one task to another. I leave a note trail for myself and star things that need immediate follow-up or feedback. It’s an ongoing process. One way or another I double-check what tasks are done and then move on to the next. Basically I shift my focus from one task to the other and go back to double-check what I need to get done. Seems less efficient but with notes, I feel I accomplish a bit more then if I didn’t have it. Note-taking helps me stay on task.
What are some tools you use to keep focused?
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Keep Kicking and smiling! –TJ Banski