If you are able to focus at will, you will not only be more productive, but also make much better use of your most precious asset, time. If you can focus on what you’re doing and not be distracted by everything else going on around you, you’ll find that you tend to work faster and to a higher standard.
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Here are some practical actions you can take to improve your focus the next time to tackle and important task or project:
1. Practice Meditation – Learning to meditate can go far in helping you improve your focus. Even if you don’t know how to meditate, taking a deep breath while clearing your mind before you transition to any new activity and declaring your intention, will enhance your focus exponentially.
2. Well Made To-Do Lists – When you make a to-do list, it should be thought out and planned according to the things you need to do, the time required, and the energy and focus the task requires. For example, if you need to do some data entry and you know you are better at that in the morning, schedule it for the morning.
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3. Get Some Exercise – One way to clear your mind before you start something that requires your focus is to get some exercise. A hard workout before mind work is a great way to improve concentration. Or, go for a leisurely walk in nature to help you become present and get focused.
4. Declutter Your Environment – Studies show that if your environment is cluttered, it will be challenging to focus. Clutter causes stress and anxiety, and having either of those in your life and mind at the time you’re trying to accomplish something will make it difficult for you to focus.
5. Declutter Your Mind – If you have a lot of thoughts circling through your mind, it will be hard to focus. This means you have to have a good system to organize all your tasks and projects, so you can let go of them and retrieve them or have them automatically pop up when they need to get done. If it is worries that keep you distracted, I have found that simple putting all my worried down on paper and putting it away in a drawer does wonders. Give it a try!
6. Take a Break – If you have trouble focusing, add in planned breaks between tasks. This can help you switch your mind off and train it to move on from the last thing to the next thing. Try walking outside for ten minutes. When I was still working in corporate, I did this mid-day every day.
Using these ways to improve your focus will go a long way in helping you to accomplish more with less frustration. The thing to remember is that you don’t need motivation; you only need to build better habits doing the things that need to be done in a focused way.