There are so many distractions in today’s world, from cell phones and social media to all of the worldly crisis popping up on a regular basis. No doubt it can be difficult to focus. If you are an entrepreneur or a parent or an adult trying to work and go to school, you have a lot on your plate. Here are some methods you can use to train your brain to stay tuned in to you and your goals.
• Save the mindless work for later. Don’t let the simpler things drain your energy so that when you are ready to dig into your business plan or main job, you aren’t at your best. The tasks that require concentration and a high level of creativity should be what you focus on first.
• Choose the times you are most focused for your most important tasks. Studies show that most people are at their best mentally in the morning, but there are others who are strongest mentally after lunch. Notice the time of day when you are at your best and make sure that those are the times that you schedule the tasks that are most important to you.
• Think of your brain as a muscle, and like other important muscles in your body, it needs to be trained. Believe it or not, you can train your mind to concentrate. You do that by turning off the distractions when you are working at your most important tasks, such as the radio and even your cell phone. Maybe you do it the first time for 10-15 minutes, and like a workout, you build over time. It won’t take time before your brain realizes exactly what you want it to do, and that is to totally focus.
• Turn off the Internet. It’s full of distractions. Some people use it for work… we understand that. But being able to check emails, go to our social media sites and just plain surf are huge distractions that will easily affect your focus.
• Turn the phone off. Seriously. Do you really need to stop working on your Kickstarter campaign for funding for your own business to hear what your BFF saw at the mall? It’s a distraction, a huge one.
• Make a list and stick to it as much as possible. Focus on it. Actually, use it as motivation. Tell yourself: “OK, when I finish this list, I can reward myself with a latte.”
• Music is OK, as long as it’s the kind without words. It can be soothing and also uplift your energy level. Just don’t play music with words because that will be distracting.
• Set deadlines and keep them. Just don’t set your levels of expectation so high that you can’t reach them. Think of yourself as an athlete of sorts… if you don’t make this deadline, you don’t make the team.
Don’t forget to reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be all work all the time. Make sure that when you take a break, it’s a healthy one for your body and mind.