Distraction Free Ways To Stay Laser Focused.
Being in focus entails directing and controlling our awareness in an intentional manner toward the current moment, where it is most needed. This has never been more critical than it is today, with an abundance of easy distractions vying for our attention. Many of us experience anxiety if we are not constantly monitoring Facebook posts, Twitter notifications, and email. Regrettably, this has become into a preferred way of life for many. Our smartphone has evolved into a lifesaver.
While driving, we’re on the phone, and while eating, we’re posting on Instagram. Rather than concentrating on the task at hand, we take pride in “multitasking.” The issue with multitasking is that it does not enable us to accomplish more; rather, it dilutes and weakens what we currently achieve.
The good news is that, like our bodies, our brains can be improved and developed. And, as with our physical bodies, this requires patience, time, and work. It will not occur overnight, but it will occur. Our muscles are built via regular habits, and the brain is a muscle. We may train ourselves to increase our ability to focus and perform at a higher level until it becomes normal and second nature. The more adept we get at focusing, the more control we gain over our thoughts and behaviors.
Does mental anarchy seem natural to you, similar to a car battling through severe traffic on a daily basis? Do you ever wonder how certain people manage to accomplish more and do it more efficiently and effectively? These individuals face the same difficulties with concentration as the rest of us. Every single person does. They have simply learned to conquer it rather than succumb to knowledge and anxiety overload.
Computers enable information to be processed at a rate previously imagined. They have altered the course of our life. Regrettably, our minds continue to function at the same rate. That is why we are currently experiencing circuit overload. In fact, some of us are perpetually stuck in a mental traffic gridlock.
The more knowledge we have, the more difficult it becomes to work. On some days, it may appear as though our computers and social media are controlling us rather than us controlling them. While we are frequently interrupted by emails, tweets, texts, and employees in the next cubicle, our own minds can contribute to the dissonance by attempting to focus on our task while our brain replays a traumatic past experience and other unrelated thoughts.
It is past time for us to establish healthy mental limits. We’ve let our brains run wild, and now it’s time to reclaim control. Taking control of our mental attention can sometimes be as simple as learning to say no. Our time is in high demand. We are made to assume that doing more is the way to success, whereas in truth, doing more might result in disorientation. We must deliberately and judiciously choose our areas of concentration. Often, this entails doing less but doing it better.
If you’re anxious about paying the bills and have an important report due at work, you can’t focus on both at the same time and give them equal attention. If a family member is having major health problems and your primary focus is on finding a new career, you must prioritize.
Making these life-changing decisions begins with awareness. It’s natural to dismiss bad ideas and emotions and pretend they never existed. However, such thoughts will persist in your mind, interfering with your capacity to concentrate. The simplest method to deal with these alternatives is to acknowledge them and say, “I’ll consider this later and focus on what’s truly essential now.” This is the act of consciously establishing a mental limit. The issue remains, but by making a choice, it ceases to be a distraction. Practicing mindfulness, as outlined in the following chapter, can significantly aid in this endeavor.
Not all concentrating difficulties are so obvious. Each day, we are presented with dozens, if not hundreds, of distractions. At work, we may deem it vital to check email every half hour, speak with anybody who enters our office, and agree to take on any duty assigned to us. Multitasking appears to be a requirement of business in order to maximize production. In truth, we are still performing one activity at a time, but we are switching between them and devoting less attention to each. We are focusing less than we should be.
Multitasking is a significant drain on concentration power. Jumping from one work to the next reduces our efficiency and depletes our energy reserves. While you may believe you are being productive by checking your email while on the phone with a client, you are actually being ineffective because you are not engaged on either task.
Establish a habit of outlining your priorities and adhering to them, while some flexibility will be required at times. A daily to-do list can assist you in focusing your attention. While interruptions will continue to occur, you may mitigate their negative impact. Our brain is innately predisposed to focus on a single task at a time. That is the optimal way for us to function.
Multitasking actually impairs our ability to think and make decisions. Consider that each activity, regardless of its importance, needs your undivided attention. Finally, this approach will assist you in accomplishing more.
If necessary, disable social media accounts and establish a routine for checking email and phone communications. Athletes and artists use the term “in the zone” to refer to the ultimate state of mind in which they can concentrate entirely on their performance and become captivated by it. At work, this state is referred to as “flow,” a word coined by psychologist Mihaly Cskszentmihályi.
This cycle begins with setting personal goals. Each day, decide what you want to accomplish. These objectives should be precise. “I shall work diligently today,” is far too ambiguous to be productive. Actual objectives might be, “I will complete that lengthy report before lunch and then spend two hours researching for a forthcoming assignment.” This level of specificity will make it significantly easier for you to maintain your focus on the task at hand.