Listen and Read: Creating the Habits to Help You Focus Better
Focusing comes in different forms for everyone, some like to listen to music to help them focus, while others want complete silence.
Keep reading for tips that can help you find your focus.
Have a Daily Plan
You should wake up every morning with a plan of what your day will look like. This doesn’t have to be a detailed schedule that outlines every minute.
But having a plan in place will eliminate small decisions that can get you off track. Having a plan will also give you a clear goal for how your day should progress and end.
Take time every evening to write out (not just in your head) the plan for the next day. It can include what you will have for breakfast through what order you will complete your work in.
It may also be helpful to prep items such as meals, coffee, and clothing to keep you on track.
Create A Moment for Enjoyment
Every day take at least a small amount of time to do something you really enjoy.
This can be peace and quiet over your coffee in the morning, a piece of candy in the afternoon, or snuggles with a pet or loved one in the evening.
Having that moment of enjoyment will give you a respite from all the to-do’s that fill your day and give you time to reset and prepare for what comes next.
If a task isn’t coming easily to you, feel free to walk away for a few minutes or even a day.
But be persistent with the process and don’t give up.
Allowing yourself to bounce from task to task to avoid the difficult work will leave you with a list of half-done tasks and a brain that is running in a million different directions.
Have a Day Off
“There’s no rest for the wicked and the righteous don’t need it” is a familiar turn of phrase that praises the busy.
But we all know that it isn’t the truth. We all need a day off to rest, reset, and recuperate.
We also need time with our families and friends to fill our cups and remind us why the hard days are worth it.
Brain Boosts for Better Focus
Today, society demands that we always be on our A-game. Not just “on the ball,” but “in front of the ball.”
Whatever your preferred metaphor, to function successfully in the world today, you need to be focused.
But this can be difficult. Between distractions, brain fog, and too much jitter-causing caffeine, getting through the day can be a struggle.
Below you will find four easy ways to cut through the fog and gain better focus for your busy and meaningful days.
Lower Your Stress
Stress is hard on a body, both physically and mentally.
Every time your body experiences stress it produces and secretes stress hormones, giving your body the signal to fight or take flight.
Lowering your stress will reduce the number of stress hormones your body produces and allow you to think clearly, responding to situations instead of reacting.
Lowering your stress levels may mean saying “no” more often, asking for helping, or delegating tasks to others either at work or at home.
Cut Out Food Intolerances
Some foods, especially when consumed in excessive amounts, have been proved to affect brain function negatively.
You do not have to give up these foods completely, but you can try cutting back or attempt an elimination diet.
Food intolerances can also be an added strain on your brain function. These intolerances, similar to allergies, can cause reactions within the body that make it hard to focus.
Foods to consider cutting back on can include pre-cooked meats, artificial sweeteners, bacon (especially the heavily preserved kind found in the supermarket), alcohol, and cheese/dairy.
Remember, you do not have to cut out any of these foods completely, but you may want to consider how much you are consuming.
Increase Key Nutrients
Amp up your intake of nutrients that help your body and brain function best. Your body needs calories from fat, protein, and carbs to work properly.
You may also want to consider if you are consuming enough magnesium, B vitamins, and choline.
Get Your Zzz’s
Getting enough quality sleep might just be one of the most significant contributors to having better focus during the day.
Your body needs sleep to recuperate and clear out everything from the previous day. This includes liver function, cortisol (a stress hormone) regulation, and muscle repair.
Basically, if you aren’t sleeping enough or well enough, your body can’t function at its top condition.
Having a clear and focused mind can seem like a tall order, one that you can’t possibly stack up to.
But that isn’t the case. Take small and simple steps toward clearing the fog and cobwebs, and toward a brain that is ready for whatever the day brings.
Focusing better is both a mindset and a physical act that you must prepare your mind and body for.
Be sure that you are doing everything in your power to set yourself up to the best of your ability.