3 Ways To Increase Focus
With all the things on our plates that we have to deal with every day, it can become easy to get distracted. Our society is so fast-paced that at times it can seem difficult to see the bigger picture. Since some things in life aren’t immediate, it can be easy to get sidetracked in our responsibilities, goals, and directions as individuals. It happens to us all but the beautiful thing is that the universe provides each of us with unlimited opportunity, so you can always increase and improve your focus.
1) Remove Distractions
Don’t be afraid of letting go of whatever is not working for you. Whether it’s an emotional choice, a pattern of thought, or task in your daily routine, releasing anything that is not ultimately working in your favor is a great way to remove distractions. Taking time in a quiet environment to introspect and determine what are your biggest distractions will make to easier to remain focused. Increasing your interpersonal communication skills by taking time away from the internet and social media is also an important way to improve focus. According to Harvard Medical School, learning how to paraphrase in communication can benefit an individual’s focus.
Paraphrasing is a way of reinforcing understanding by echoing the information back to the initiator of the communication. For example, if your boss says, “I need this completed by 4:30 today”, you can implement paraphrasing by responding, “I understand this needs to be completed by 4:30 today, I’ll make it my priority.” Paraphrasing can also help you to stay present and more effective in communication.
2) Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Keep focused on what is most important to you. Realize that we are all connected. We go through the same things, want the same things, and we all deal with the same things. Keep true to your priorities and intentions behind them. To successfully remain focused on the bigger picture, try to find a balance between your personal and professional life. Neglecting yourself personally can lead to poor decision making, less creativity, and ineffective work. Writing down your goals, to-do lists, and even affirmations are great ways to increase focus on the bigger picture. Implementing better time management in everyday life like taking the most difficult of tasks and completing them first is one way to keep a better focus.
3) Slow Down and Refocus
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by our consistent fast-paced society. Life can sometimes seem like a constant barrage of information and activity. On average a person sees 3,000 to 20,000 marketing messages a day, spends about 2 hours a day on social media, and has an attention span of 8 seconds. It can be essential to a healthy well-being to slow down, take a step back, and release control. One of the best ways to center yourself and regain focus is to allow some time for mindfulness activities like meditation and visualizations. Since our focus can affect many aspects of life, such as our relationships, career, and health- learn to take it easy on yourself. Allow time to practice activities that promote self-contentment. Connecting with nature, exercising, or working with crystals can help with all the over-stimulation we all deal with every day.
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