Listen and Read: Easy Exercises to Help Improve Your Focus.
If the title of this article already has you ready to move on because really, who wants more exercises that they are supposed to do, but will just end up being something you think about?
Down into the memory-hole.
But have no worries, these focus-improving exercises have little to do with jumping jacks and squats, just everything to do with your brain and focus.
Keep reading on to find out how you can exercise your brain without moving, (mostly), any other muscles.
Moving Steadily & Rising Up
Becoming totally focused isn’t going to happen in a day or even a week. It is a process that takes some time.
This means moving slowly and creating good habits that you can build on.
Once you master one of the items listed below, or even part of them, level up by stacking another small habit on top or, upping the level of the habit.
Think of your focus like a flashlight. If you focus that flashlight on one particular area, you can begin to see things more clearly.
List Your Distractions
How many times a day does a random thought, a thing to research, or to-do pop into your head?
How many times a day to you follow that random thought down a rabbit hole? Keep a pen and paper handy and write down those thoughts when they come to you.
Later, when you have a moment, you can handle the item as needed. This will allow you to get back to work quickly.
Meditation is literally the practice of exercising the mind by staying focused on one thing, typically your breathing, for an extended period.
You can start by using a meditation app to guide you through the process.
Memorization takes time, practice, and focus. Start small with a short poem, and slowly build upon what all you can memorize.
Memorization is a great way to not only focus entirely on something, but it works your brain by recalling it later.
Read Items in Their Entirety
How often do you only read the first and last paragraph of an article? Or read the synopsis of a book, but never read the book?
Staying focused on even a short article online is almost impossible for many.
Trying reading an entire article from start to finish, then move up to long-form reads and even books.
Your mind is an incredibly powerful tool.
However, like every other part of your body, it must be used to maintain its power and usefulness.
Start practicing the exercises above to start your journey to increasing your focus and mental stamina.
Staying on point can be difficult, and can be really challenging when you are surrounded by the constant distractions in today’s online world, where almost anything is just a click away.
The ability to focus on something and directing your mental effort toward it is essential for learning new things, for achieving goals, and actually doing your task well.
Improving your focus allows you to always do your best
Regardless of what strategy you use, just remember that anytime you find yourself getting distracted, just commit to getting one thing done.
You don’t have to fully succeed… you just need to get started.