Increase Focus Mindfully
In a world full of distractions, it can be hard to focus. Our modern world functions in a persistent state of information overload. Constant distractions and low productivity that's associated with these distractions, have become so commonplace in today's schools and offices that doctors have given it a name: Attention Deficit Trait ADT. ADT is a term that describes the effects of a constant state of information overload that can be generated by the digital world.
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
You have the power to focus your mind! Focusing involves guiding your energy or attention on something. Here are some guidelines to help you focus your mind and to improve concentration mindfully.
- FOCUS ON ONE TASK AT A TIME
Studies have proven that it is harder to focus if you break (15-30 seconds) to answer emails, send text messages, or take quick phone calls. It can take up to 15 minutes to regain focus for such breaks. BE STRATEGIC with your time. Staying on task and consciously chunking your time will benefit your focus and efficiency and improve your personal energy.
- SET A DESIGNATED TIME TO DEAL WITH WORRY
The Guatemala Indians use WORRY DOLLS to teach children how to manage anxiety. At bedtime children are given only 6 dolls and are allowed only 6 worries a day. Children will share their one worry per doll and then place the dolls in a bag. Overnight the dolls will take care of the worry. This is a very simple yet powerful practice of stress reduction. Many of us have trouble concentrating during the day because we're constantly worrying about other things which can drain our energy. If you are distracted by worries designated a special place to put your worries. Try writing them down and place them in a designated envelope or box. Then schedule a specific time to deal with these issues.
Having too much on your plate can be distracting and this can sometimes cause procrastination. Take time 10-15 minutes to prioritize your to-do-list. Studies have shown that most people focus the majority (80%) of their day putting out fires and only (20%) on things that will create impact. By prioritizing you can give your best energy to the things that matter most to you.
- DO NOT DISTURB
Create boundaries for yourself. At work or while doing homework close your email inbox & chat programs and let your voicemail work for you. During dinnertime, shut off the television, silence electronics and close your front door. While on vacation unplug!
When your body and brain does not recieve enough fluid, they can't operate at peak performance. Hydration is a simple way to improve concentration during the day and improve health!
- EAT A BALANCE DIET....DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST
Simply Put..If your hungry..your tummy will be trying to get your attention. Eat a well-balance diet and keep healthy snacks on hand throughout the day.
- MOVE YOUR BODY
Research has shown that regular walking and stretching during the day can improve focus and move stored up energy through our body. Take strategic micro-breaks (5 minutes every 1 hour) to maintain focus throughout the day. The idea is not to burn-out. Our minds can struggle if we don't allow for recovery. Short healthy breaks will allow your mind to rest before focusing again.
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