Multitasking is Bullshit Pt 2
Hey Wild Ones - welcome back to my Multitasking is BS series. Today, as promised, I've got some tips on how to improve your focus. As always, take what works, leave what doesn't, and make sure to talk to your health care provider before starting anything new and big.
Do you want to focus on a single task but find yourself easily distracted? Find it difficult to focus on what you are doing because you find your mind wandering, you’re worrying about everything or maybe you just have way too many things you need to do to make a choice of just one task to start with?
Here are some valuable tips on how to improve focus.
Meditate. (Yes, really.)
Try to allocate at least 30 minutes each day to meditate. If you can’t dedicate that much time you can still do a short breathing exercise. Focus on your breathing, really bringing attention to the air, how it touches your nostrils and enters your lips. How does it feel as it escapes? Your mind may wander, filling with a seemingly endless amount of thoughts. When this happens, bring your thoughts back to focusing on your breathing. Continue this process for several minutes.
Regulating your breathing relaxes your circulatory system and brings you a sense of peace.
Listen to music to help improve your focus. Concentrate on the music for a moment instead of using it as background noise. Try to focus on a single instrument. Try to hear the "hidden vocals" of a track - those sound effects that we usually dismiss. Close your eyes, tune out the world (tune, music, get it?) and use this as a focal exercise.
Cut goals into small targets. I know I've talked about this a few times already, but it freaking works.
Having an end goal in mind while working on the tasks to achieve it can frustrate you because you target goal might be too big or difficult. Your results won’t be quick, and it may seem like you aren’t getting any closer to the end. Instead of working toward the ultimate end goal, break it down into smaller, more achievable goals you can reach within a few days. Then cross each smaller goal off your list as you achieve it, and revel in the rush of endorphins you get from getting things accomplished.
Work within your most comfortable time period. Maybe you work best early in the morning before sunrise. Or late at night. Work when you are most productive. For example, many authors get up early to do their writing, while artists often do their best work late at night. Try to carve out that time just for you as a boundary exercise.
Try Lighter Meals
Have you ever eaten a big meal for lunch when working only to feel lethargic and weighed down all afternoon? Eating a heavy meal slows you down and makes you sleepy. If you're at all like me in this department, you could try having several smaller meal/snacks throughout the day instead of a giant meal that then makes you all bloated and gassy. Learn from my mistakes y'all.
Exercise your mind! Do crossword puzzles. Engage in lively discussions. Build something that’s creative. There's tons of talk on physical exercise in today's world, but mental exercise is also important stimulation!
You may need to push yourself some when you’re feeling lazy. If you are hitting a mental roadblock, though, take some time away from the task. Do something else until you can regain your focus on the original task.
Learning to improve you focus will take time, but it is worth it. Begin by implementing one or two of these tips into your day to begin changing how well you can become focused. Let me know how they work for you as well?
The next post will be even more strategies on how to work on your focus!