Episode 14 – Focus like a champion: focus mindset tips
Un-productivity traps are everywhere. For example, take your mobile phone.
Do you frequently find yourself reaching for your mobile device feeling distracted and uninspired?
While, they may make it difficult to pay full attention to your work, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening. In this article let’s discuss how to focus, be more productive, and achieve better results. Let’s get to it!
Tip #1: Live in the present
When you are plagued with useless and irrelevant thoughts (that we often entertain – worry, anxiety, regret, conflict, “news” and gossip), one can’t help but wonder how much energy is actually wasted on these “thoughts” instead of being utilized for the task at hand.
Therefore, it’d be common sense to realize a present focused mind makes an effective, focused person.
What to do:
Most of the successful people around the world have some kind of meditative practice in their routine, so adopt the same approach for a champion focus. Firstly, it’ll help you to focus on the present moment and away from future (ie. anxiety, worry), past (regret) and geo-arbitrary (“news”, gossip, etc.) thoughts.
It’ll also help you to calm your physiology as well through breathing and heart control as well as conscious activation of your “rest and digest” system (parasympathic nervous system activation). The easiest method to start is breathing meditation but there are dozens more.
Tip #2: Only the best, forget the rest.
Technology and the internet has expanded the “world” you live in. It’s given you wide exposure to so many ideas and opportunities – more places to visit, more great people to meet, and more awesome experiences – BUT at the expense of depth.
The thing is you only have so much time in your day (let alone life) so you really have to “zero in” on what’s important to get anything done – and forget the rest.
What to do:
While, technology has created so much width in everyone’s life, it’s also stolen “depth time.” The philosophy of “only the best, forget the rest” reminds you to allocate time better, focus on fewer things, and doing those few things well. “You can have it all — just not all at once.”
Tip #3: Work on resting more
Rest is the key to overall productivity. Although seemingly counterproductive, regular rest in your day helps your overall productivity. It creates time for you to “reboot” your brain cells, thereby maintaining maximum focus. Forcing yourself to work for extended periods is extremely unproductive. It’s like swimming against the “tide.”
What to do:
A good principle to follow is the 25 – 5 rule where you work for 25 minutes, and then take a break for 5 minutes. Get back into it for 25, and rest for 5 more.
During the five-minute rest period you can:
- Fit in your distracting activities such as, social media or mobile app games.
- Move – go for a walk or do a little dance
- Get some water
- Whatever you want as long as it breaks the monotony of your work.
What are two other ways to focus like a champion? Read on.
Tip #4: Get organized
A lot of time is wasted trying to find things that you’ve lost. If you start to treat your environment (house, work place, kitchen, etc.) as an extension of your mind you can automate your low priority thinking habits and therefore free up your “mental space” for higher order thinking such as creativity, analysis and problem solving and away from low order thinking such as identifying and remembering.
What to do:
Designate places around the house for everyday items. Firstly, you’ll be able to eliminate losing things and secondly you don’t have to make decisions or “problem solve” every time you misplace something – use that energy more effectively.
Tip #5: Find Your Passion
Do something you love. First, you’ll do it with enthusiasm and secondly you’ll find yourself entering “flow state” and be “in the zone.” If you haven’t found your passion yet, it’s all good! Adopt the “yes” policy. Anytime you’re invited to do something, say yes. This will open up new possibilities and eventually your passion! Enjoy the process of self-discovery.
What to do:
Do what you love! If you don’t know what it is yet then, say “yes” to invitations!
There you have it! The top 5 tips to help you improve your focus with intention for more productive and efficient work. Remember to live in the moment, focus on the best by forgetting the rest, work on resting more, get organized, and find your passion! Say yes!
Feel free to watch the video
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