Do you find it difficult to focus on your own affairs and just mind your own business?
Are you easily caught up with ….. whats on TV? What social media is saying? What other people are doing ? The latest new story? or just plain old gossip!
Or perhaps you have “The grass is greener on the other side” syndrome and are spending too much of your energy envying others instead of focusing on yourself and figuring out ways to make your own grass greener!
Focusing on yourself means making yourself a priority and setting goals that will enhance your own life experience and well being.
Focusing on your focus is about having a laser type focus on the things that truly matter to you.
Focusing on your focus is the ability to direct the mind to one subject, object, or thought, and at the same time exclude from the mind every other unrelated thought, ideas, feelings and sensations.
“Laser focus is the mental ability to give 100 per cent of your attention to the task you’ve prioritized in the present moment. It helps you put aside all the delicious unrelated thoughts and sustain the energy required to reach your goals”
Staying focused is the most effective way of achieving desired outcomes. When we are able to stay focused on our goals we find it easier to continually strive to get better results .
Staying focused also means that we automatically put all our energy into our area of focus and allows us to learn from experience to help shape future ones.
Benefits of being Focused on “Your Focus”
- You Feel More in Control –Being more focused means that you pay more attention to your goals and have better control over day to day distractions.
- Promotes Creativity- When we learn to just focus on one thing at a time, we also improve our ability to create strategies for completing our task effectively. Keeping our focus means that we are motivated to come up with alternative ways to achieve our goals whenever we encounter obstacles.
- Reduces Stress levels – When we lack focus we are also more likely to experience stress as we try to deal with several things at once. However when are focused purely on our “focus” we prevent the distractions around us from sabotaging our productivity. Completing our most important tasks allows us time to engage in more relaxing activities such as pursuing our hobbies. Getting the right balance is vital to our well being and leads to decreased anxiety and stress levels.
- Improved Work Performance – Being laser focused means that we use time and energy more efficiently and are able to better master our skills. Improved focus will save us the time and energy that is normally used up by distractions such as social media, news feeds and a wandering mind.
- Deepens Our Relationships – Focus allows us to give friends and loved ones our undivided attention. Giving others our undivided attention will make them feel heard and valued and enable us to notice more about them than we would had we been distracted.
- Live Life With More Purpose – Improved focus has the power to help us better understand our life’s purpose by becoming more aware of our deepest desires and motivations. We can only ever truly understand what lies beneath us by knowing and listening to our mind. Being more focused also allows us to prioritise the activities, relationships and skills that will assist us in achieving our life’s purpose.
- Experience More Joy – Learning to be just focused on “your focus” will lead to a more joyful life. Joy is a natural by product of living a more purposeful and focused life. Joy is a by product of properly investing in the people and goals that matter most to you.
“Focus is the ability to direct one’s attention in the direction of one’s will. It means control of one’s attention”
How to be more “Focused on Your Focus”
- Get Enough Sleep & Rest – Studies show that your sleeping patterns directly influence your cognitive abilities. When you don’t get enough sleep and rest, your brain has to work harder to connect thoughts and solve problems.
- Eliminate Distractions – Develop a practice of setting out specific times in your day to do specific tasks or activities in a space where you will not be disturbed. During this time, keep all social media apps and phones out of sight or on “silent” mode. Stay focused on the task or activity in hand. Setting time limits can also help to channel energy in a more focused manner.
- Avoid Multitasking – Multitasking hampers our ability to focus and compromises the quality of our work. Our brains are not designed to cope with doing more than one thing at a time and whenever we try to do so then its impossible to give our full attention to any of those tasks. Attempting to multi task will result in poorer focus, lower concentration and reduced productivity.
- Make Time for Exercise – Increased and better focus is one of the many benefits of exercise. Regular exercise releases chemicals that are vital for memory, concentration, and strong mental sharpness. It has been found that people who do some form of physical exercise perform better on cognitive tasks when compared to those in poor physical health.
- Spend Time in Nature – It is well known that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. Research also shows that having plants around in office/ study spaces helped to increase focus, concentration and productivity.
- Practice Mindfulness and Meditation – Adopting a mindfulness or meditation practice can improve our sense of well being as well as improve our mental fitness and focus.
- Adopt a Healthy Diet – What we eat has an impact on our focus, mental sharpness and clarity throughout the day. To boost and improve our focus, we should avoid processed foods, too much sugar, alcohol and food laden with fat. Staying hydrated is also good for better focus and concentration.
- Take Regular Breaks – When we focus on something for a long time, it can become challenging to maintain the same level of focus. However, taking short breaks from tasks can refuel our desired focus and keep our performance levels high.
- Train Your Brain – Brain games such as word puzzles, chess, jigsaw puzzles can enhance cognitive abilities such as the ability to focus and concentrate.
When you Focus on your focus, you begin to understand your motivations and priorities and to direct your energy towards them and you will discover that a focused life is a much happier life. Happiness is more than just a feeling , it’s a state of being deeply content with your life … and contentment is a natural by product of being both focused on your focus (and practising compassion which will be the subject of a future blog)
Do let me know your thoughts and comments.