Focus is so important because it is the gateway to all thinking. According to John C. Maxwell, to stay focused in life, you can’t know everyone, you can’t do everything, and you can’t go everywhere. We have to pick and choose between good and a little bit better. Get here the 7 ways that will help you to train your brain to stay focused in life.
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1. Plan and Visualize a Few Critical Tasks Each Day
As a part of your morning routine, establish one to three critical tasks that must be done throughout the day. Don’t just think of them superficially. Visualize them and simulate the feelings you’ll get after finishing each task.
If you truly think about your day’s success, your subconscious will do everything it can to help you turn thoughts into reality.
2. Find Your Peak Hours
To find your most productive hours the “peak hours” — you should actively measure your productivity during various hours of the day.
Make sure you allow at least a week to establish these peak hours. So, if you try to get your most important tasks done from 8 AM to 10 AM, experiment it for a week. Next week, focus your attention on critical tasks starting from 10 AM and ending at 12 PM.
3. Treat Your Mind Like a Muscle
Training your brain to stay focused is just like exercising to build muscles. Whenever you feel like you “must stop working”, you should push it a little further.
If you have big trouble focusing right now, you shouldn’t try to work for 60 minutes straight. Build your levels of focus gradually. First two weeks, try focusing for 20 minutes, take a 5-minute break, then go again.
In two months, you should be able to stay focused for 60 minutes and get a lot of things done!
4. Build Willpower and Discipline
When you say, “I should exercise”, you should immediately replace the “should” with “must”. Otherwise, your brain won’t take your intent seriously and it won’t “care” to help.
Willpower and self-discipline are two related traits that should be developed at the same time. Your willpower is the fuel of your actions. Your discipline is your ability to go past intrusive thoughts, comfort zone, and laziness.
Here’s what few people tell you: these skills require consistent practice, building them is not easy, and giving up is not an option.
5. Avoid Distractions
You can’t train your brain to stay focused unless you ensure that your external environment also lacks distractions.
Your phone, for example, should never disturb your attention. Turn off the notifications, say “NO” whenever someone interrupts you, and be committed to cut off every possible distraction around you.
6. Leverage the Power of Habits
If you build empowering habits, you’ll no longer have to use your motivation and willpower to become focused. Your mind will recognize the pattern and will make your job easier.
For example, when you wash your teeth and face in the morning, you’re doing automatically without using any significant amounts of focus, energy, and motivation. Building productive habits is like teaching your brain how to behave at different yet specific times.
7. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness implies self-awareness. Practicing mindfulness is nothing more than focusing your entire attention on the present moment. Your present thoughts and feelings, the environment that surrounds you, your breath, your heartbeat…you choose.
You can practice mindfulness in various situations: while reading, working, studying, washing dishes, walking in the park, and so on. When your focus is prioritized on what’s happening now, you’ll perform better in most of the situations.
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