Do you ever feel like there’s an open window in your mind with a thrashing wind tearing through it, causing a mad flutter of papers across your brain? It’s become increasingly clear that due to the nature of our modern society, more and more people need help with how to focus: how to focus with life in general, how to focus more on themselves (we’re talking self-love here!), how to focus more on things they want to do, how to focus on their goals, how to focus on a task, how to focus on their career, how to focus on their health and the list goes on and on.
But, if you ever feel scatterbrained or perhaps you live in scatterbrain mode, then you know how difficult it can be to focus on anything, no matter the area of your life. Do you cringe at just hearing the word ‘focus? Being ‘scatterbrained’ is often just a symptom of an extremely hectic life where we are often overworked on top of over committing ourselves to different activities. Not only that, we are also incredibly inundated with information each and every day.
I want you to ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you lack the motivation to start on a project/ task that you really want to accomplish?
- Are you paralyzed due not being able to decide where to start on a project because you want to do a hundred things at once — like this instant?
- Do you often lack the motivation to stay with a task (no matter how small or simple) until it’s completed?
- Do you become distracted easily? Does anything else seem more interesting than the task you are to complete?
- Are there tasks that remain incomplete because you don’t have anyone putting pressure on you to complete it?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions then you have a scattered brain. And, that’s okay because we can help you find some focus. Everyone experiences sporadic moments of being distracted or not being able to complete a goal/ task / project. And, there’s nothing wrong with that; we are all human beings.
However, when you are spending the majority of your day in scatterbrain mode, then it becomes a bigger problem where you can easily fall into a stressful trap of avoidance, or worse, becoming overwhelmed from trying to catch up and make up for lost time.
5 Tips On How To Focus
1. Have a Daily Game Plan & Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize. This is of upmost importance that you understand this: if you do not know what you want, it will be very hard for you to achieve anything. Before you start your day, know exactly what it is you want to accomplish. If your brain is in too much of fog, then pretend your day is over and ask yourself what you need to feel like you had a focused and productive day. Ask yourself what is most important that you do for this day only.
If you have not yet read JB’s Sacred 6 book, I suggest you do that first. The Sacred Six process will help you identify your mission, values, and goals in life. You will then design an action plan with daily tasks to move you steadily toward your dreams. The Sacred 6 includes practical exercises organized around core Sacred Six principles like focus, clarity, consistency, and prioritization. And, it also provides support for developing “keystone” positive habits, eliminating blocks to success, and making life-changing decisions.
2. Dump Your Brain. A fantastic exercise to start out with if your brain is stuffed with a million different ideas, to-do’s, etc., then do a brain dump. A brain dump is where you make a list of everything on your mind. Take a notepad and just start writing out everything you need to do or get, no matter what the issue is — get it all out of your head and onto paper.
Keep this notepad easily accessible to you over the course of 3 days and anytime you think “oh yeah, I’ve got to do that” write it on the pad. Once you have dumped most of your brain onto paper, start categorizing items and then prioritize them. Once you have prioritized everything start working on your list.
3. Work In 50 Minute Chunks. Don’t be lured into working nonstop for hours on end. This only results in a bad burn out making it very hard to have enough motivation to start again. No matter the task, only work on it for a maximum of 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. You can stretch, move, meditate, read or whatever you feel like doing.
4. Do Things to Minimize Your Stress. Stress creates a very scattered brain. So, it’s vital that you explore different ways you can keep stress at a minimum. The two best natural remedies to stress are exercise and sleep. Your coping mechanism get extremely weak when you are tired. Make sure you are moving your body in some form or fashion every single day and make sure you are getting adequate sleep.
5. Mediate to Quiet Your Mind. If you want to have laser sharp focus, you need to learn how to meditate and do it. Meditation is really easy to do, but not for someone whose mind is driving the Indy 5000. So, understand with meditation you don’t need to spend an hour and you don’t need to hold your body into some difficult pose. Start by wearing comfortable clothes and sitting upright in a comfy chair. Begin mediating a few minutes and move up to 15 – 20 minutes.
Do a search and pick a breathing or mantra meditation on YouTube. The most important thing is to train your brain to relax, and focus on one thing (the mantra or your breath). Meditation works best when it is the first thing you do each morning because your brain has yet to be overloaded from the constant daily chatter.
So, it’s time to stop living in scatterbrain mode and learn how to focus a bit. Your results will depend on where you choose to put your energy and focus. So, test out a few of the above tips and see what gives you the most effective results in the most satisfying manner. Once you gain some clarity and get going, there is no turning back. Things will get easier and easier because you have learned to harness more of your mental power.
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