Three Hacks for Exceptional Focus
Tools to Stay Focused in a Chaotic World
I hear from a lot of women that they really struggle with staying focused. I think that lack of focus can be exacerbated by the wealth of distraction at our fingertips. Our phones are constantly in our hands and notifications are pinging, calls are coming in and so on and so forth. Today I am sharing my top three tips for finding focus in your chaotic life.
Consider your Nutrition and Water intake. Yes, it can be as simple as drinking enough water! Our brains stop functioning properly when they get dehydrated. This leads us to the inability to make decisions and it also leads to limited creative powers. If we can’t make decisions or aren’t feeling creative, we certainly can’t focus on what we need to.
The second component to this is proper nutrition. If you are eating a diet high in refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, you could experience a lack of clarity and focus. Our bodies need good complex carbohydrates. Think whole fruits and veggies in their natural state. Another component to good brain function and focus is to eat plenty of good proteins and get plenty of healthy fats. Our brains require the amino acids from protein as well as the essential fatty acids found in healthy fats. Examples of a healthy fat would be avocado, nuts and fish.
If you are feeling unfocused today, take a look at your water and nutrition. You may find that a simple adjustment will clear that right up for you!
Envision Yourself Completing Your To Do List. When working with clients, I encourage them to start their day by envisioning. Before you even get out of bed, close your eyes and “see” yourself doing your to do list. Really envision it. If you have a long list of errands to run, see yourself doing them and accomplishing all of them like a champ. If you have to clean the house, see yourself cleaning and feel the happiness and satisfaction you get from a job well done. If you have to build a spreadsheet, then see yourself sitting at your computer creating it and feel how proud of yourself you are doing it.
This practice creates a visual for our minds that is sometimes better than just looking at a list of things to do. When we “see” ourselves doing something, our minds find it easier to focus on vs just seeing the words on a page. When you practice feeling how good it feels to get done, that adds another layer. And it is easier for us to stay focused on the end result — satisfaction and joy in completion.
Set Aside Time for One Thing. I always encourage my clients to focus on “one thing” when they are using affirmations or starting a new health habit. This also works in your day-to-day life.
For example, we all have lots of things on our to-do list and lots of things we passionately love or need in our lives. It can be so easy to get distracted and not give our full attention to any one thing (even the things that we love), because we are thinking of all the “other things”. My favorite way to combat this is to give myself permission to set a time limit for that one task. If it is something I don’t want to do, then I give myself a set time to focus on it. Even if I just give five minutes for the task, I can feel good focusing on it during those five minutes.
It works both ways. By allowing ourselves to feel like we have enough time for the fun stuff, we can focus on something that isn’t quite as desirable for a set period of time. This works the opposite way. If you allow yourself the freedom to focus on what you love, it makes it easier to focus on the 10 other things on your list.
Are you struggling with focus? I’d love you to test these things out and let me know how it goes!
Sherry Parks is a Wellness Coach who helps career women escape feeling trapped and out of control in their work life, so that they are happy on their own terms and have joy and excitement for their life.
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