No matter if you are setting goals or attempting to make new habits, maintaining focus is important.
Many times we fail to meet our goals because we are focusing on multiple things simultaneously. Many of us do not realize that lack of focus affects our productivity and our emotional well-being.
Today I want to talk to you about why we struggle with maintaining our focus.
And offer you a few tips on how to increase your focus, saving you time and energy.
One reason you may
struggle to stay focused is your brain being over-stimulated by too many electronic devices. Social media interactions, television, and cell phones all contribute to our brains being overstimulated, making it difficult to focus and accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves.
Here are several signs of an overstimulated brain.
Inability to sit still
If you have a hard time concentrating during a task, it may be because you have had too much screen time. Limiting your screen time before your power hour can help you to be more focused.
We may find it hard to maintain focus because our brains do not like to be uncomfortable. I don't know who said it, but it rings true: "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."
Do you want something different than what you already have? If you want to change your life, you must learn to:
Seek out opportunities to grow and learn.
Expend massive effort wisely.
Here are three tips to help you stay focused to meet your goal
Eat the Frog
Mark Twain said, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."
Now in all probability, Twain wasn't actually referring to eating a frog. It was more the idea of finishing your most unwanted, difficult, tedious job before moving on to the task that you enjoy more.
If you don't do those tasks that weigh you down, they will be in the back of your mind, and you will be dreading them all day.
If the “frog” job hangs over you, then you will be less focused on the other jobs you are trying to do and less productive over time.
Tackling the hardest jobs first and successfully checking them off your list is very empowering and motivating.
So, hit the hardest task first whenever possible. Not only will it get the biggest hurdle out of your path, but it will also give you such a positive rush, and focusing on smaller tasks will be easier.
Decide to give yourself a treat after a specific task is completed. This makes it much more likely for you to stay focused. The treat will become associated with a positive feeling of getting a job done, making it more likely for you to do it again in the future.
Make a Mantra
Mantras are a powerful way to reset your mind and stay focused. When using a mantra, try taking five deep breaths in between to help you slow your brain down and clear out unnecessary thoughts, then repeat your mantra. A mantra for how to stay focused might be something like,
“I will put all my focus on this task because it is going to help me live the life I deserve!” Say it out loud and with enthusiasm. You’ll change your physiology and find focus.
Here is one of my favorite mantra
I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. - Nelson Mandela
Hope this was helpful,
See you next week,
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