This is a guest blog by John Trogdon
Every day we use our focus and attention to complete different tasks related to our work, independent study, or house chores. But there are some periods in our life where we find paying attention to what we have to do, a very difficult mission.
Fret not, because life contains good times and not so good times. It’s all about how you find your way to get back to good times again. Therefore, when you have trouble paying attention and staying focused on your daily tasks, it’s time to take action and get your attention back on track.
Of course, getting something back is not an easy mission, especially when you’re at a point when you’re distracted with ease. But you are stronger than that. You can achieve anything you put your mind on, especially when you know all the best tips and tricks for achieving your goal.
Therefore, in today’s post, I’m presenting my top 10 tips on getting your attention back on track.
1. Meditate & Breathe
Usually, you aren’t able to pay attention to what you have to do is because you’re distracted and your mind is constantly slipping on other things. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to calm your mind and quiet your thoughts.
The best way to take control of your mind is through meditation. But before you start meditation you should focus on your breath. Take several deep breaths and allow yourself to calm down. Next, close your eyes while you stay in a comfortable position and observe your thoughts.
Try to empty your mind by simply doing nothing and relaxing. If you manage to do so for 10 minutes I bet you will open up your eyes and find yourself in a calm state. While you meditate, always keep in mind that your goal is to calm your thoughts.
You might be wondering what exercising has to do with your lack of attention. Well, the lack of exercising can affect your ability to pay attention a lot. You see, if you don’t exercise and you are in a bad shape, you become way lazier in general.
This will cause you to feel sleepy more than one is supposed to, which will make paying attention to things an extremely difficult task. When you feel sleepy, you may think you need to sleep to recharge your powers – which can be the case.
But when you hardly consume your energy during the day and you still feel lazy and sleepy, considering you have a good night’s sleep, you have to move your body.
Exercising does consume your energy but also energizes your body by improving your blood flow and oxygenating your brain. Exercising on a regular, daily basis may be all you need to get your attention back on track.
3. Make a Plan and Stick to It
Sometimes we have so much to do that we don’t even know which task should we begin with. If you have many things on your plate, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and lose your attention because you don’t want to forget any detail.
Therefore, you should make a plan that will put your mind at ease and allow you to take care of every task. Of course, you’ll have to stick to your plan and even if you run out of time, remember that stressing out won’t help you in any way.
Keep calm and focus on what you have in front of you, not on the future.
4. Get Rid of Any Possible Distraction around You
Distraction is the main cause of why you are not able to stay attentive to your duties. To be able to concentrate, you have to make sure you don’t get distracted by anything.
Your office should be your work sanctuary where you encounter no distraction in the first place. If you must use your phone, at least download an app that won’t allow you to access games and social media until you finish your tasks. But all you need is a strong will to stay away from distractions until you finish your work.
5. Fix the Problems that Distract You
Distractions aren’t only emails from blogs and notifications from our friends. Distractions are also problems that keep pressuring us and worry our mind until we manage them or at least we find a proper solution for them.
Therefore, until you fix the problem that distracts you from your work, you won’t be able to get your attention back on track.
6. Start With Enough Breaks
If you don’t manage to pay attention to your tasks for longer periods and get distracted easily, you have to work on your attention skills. You will have to try every day to stay focused longer and longer until you get your attention back on track.
You’ll have to start very slow by making as many breaks as you need. In the first week, you probably won’t see a big improvement and that is ok as it takes time to improve your attention. Then, try to reduce the number of breaks by taking them at a longer interval of time.
Don’t force yourself to stay attentive to something because when you lose your attention, it is a sign from your brain to take a break so it can assimilate all the information. It’s a slow process at the beginning but is definitely worth it in the long run.
7. Start with a Task You Like
When you find it hard to pay attention to what you have to do, you should start with the easiest task; with the task you like the most. When you already can’t concentrate, it is way easier to start with something you like or find more pleasant than the rest.
You are more attentive in general to the things you like than to the ones you don’t – it’s natural. Therefore, leverage this aspect to get your attention back on track so you can accomplish all the tasks you have to do for the day.
8. Keep Working Despite How Slow You Move
When you work on getting your attention back on track, the most important is the fact that you’re progressing. Progress is progress regardless of how slow you move. In the beginning, no one can progress at a fast rate while still being efficient.
Efficiency can be gained only if you move slowly, and that’s what you should focus on. Wanting to fasten up the process will only cause you trouble. Therefore, take your time because great things take time.
You don’t have a race to win or a train to catch and you are not another person who can progress at a faster rate. You are you; you progress at the rate you progress, and that’s nothing wrong with that.
9. Take a Nap
If you lack sleep, in general, you will always be tired because you always have a lot to do during the day. Without sleep, you’ll no longer be able to keep your focus straight.
Noting affects your ability to pay attention than a tired mind and body. Therefore, you’ll have to take a nap to give your mind and body the rest they need to serve you right. But if you experience sleep deprivation, a nap won’t be enough; it will be a temporary fix.
Getting your attention back on track requires a rested mind and body. You can’t be attentive when you lose sleep often.
As well, during the morning we exhaust most of our energy and between 1 and 3 p.m., we have the least energy. That’s when you should use the power of naps.
10. Keep in Mind Your Goals
To get your attention back on track easier and faster, there are two things you have to do. The first one would be to always keep in mind your goals. The more you focus on your goal and the more you care to achieve it, and what you do and think will be aligned with your goal.
So, naturally, you will achieve your goal faster; your goal being to get your attention back on track.
As well, when you are motivated to do something, you tend to leave aside all the worries about how hard it is and keep pushing yourself forward despite how much you still have to progress until you make it.
We all experience a lack of attention and sometimes it strikes exactly when we need to focus the most. That’s why you need to know what to do to get your attention back on track.
The above-mentioned tips will only work if you genuinely care to get your attention back on track and start being time-effective again. If you don’t, you won’t succeed because without care you won’t have a reason to push yourself forward.
Remember, even if you feel like you aren’t making any progress at the beginning, be patient because nothing great happens overnight. Great thing take time. Therefore, just be patient with yourself and work so hard on getting back your attention that you will never lose it ever again.