Building better focus is a process. It’s one that is filled with starts, stops, leveling up, and many missteps along the way. This challenge is normal. In fact, improving your focus might just be one of the most challenging things you can try to do in the Twenty-First Century. We have limitless distractions, stress from managing your business and home life, and information flying at us 24/7.
Below you will find a list of creative ways to work on improving your focus. But what you must remember throughout all the steps is to take inventory consistently. Notice your mental state, what is distracting you, and why is it distracting you. Taking the time to stop and take stock will give you feedback on what is and isn’t working for you, as well as how you are improving along the way.
1. Consider Your Attention
Throughout the day, stop and consider how much attention you are paying to the task at hand. For example, are you fully focused or are you only half working on a client project while the other half of your brain thinks about updating your website or finishing that social media post or the workout you missed? Get my point?
2. Consider Your Mood
Consider your mood throughout the day and why it may be that way. This should be paired with your attention to what you are doing. Are you anxious while you only half-think about the project? Are you annoyed and typing an email? Are you feeling irritated when you’re not keeping up with the latest trends in your industry?
3. Write Down Your Distractions & Look at Them
Every time you catch yourself being pulled away from the task at hand, write down the distraction and what you were doing, then get back to work. At the end of the day, look back on what distracted you and when. You may be able to pinpoint weak points in your day and find ways to remedy those distractions.
4. Stop. Breathe. Pray. Write.
Ever feel like you’re being pulled in ten different directions at once? Are the distractions flooding at you becoming overwhelming? Stop, take a deep breath then whisper a prayer. Clear your mind for a few moments, quickly jot down the things that are overwhelming you and a make quick action plan. Don’t get bogged down with the details. The key is writing it out to get it out of your head space. While you may not be able to solve all the problems, this will help to clear your mind.
You can use visualization at any time to clear your mind and focus on one thing. This will allow you to push away distractions and build your mind’s ability to concentrate for a lengthened time. You can visualize your favorite or calming colors, images of a peaceful place like the beach, the park or a mountain retreat, anything that you chose to focus your mind on.
Building better focus is not a race. It is a journey that takes time and patience. Consider incorporating creative, focus building exercises into your daily routine.