What were we just doing?
We recently read that an office worker is distracted every 3 minutes and will require 23 minutes to get back on task after being distracted. With a notification for everything, the very things that meant to help us get and stay connected can also keep us distracted. Distraction is also a great way to avoid dealing with the tough stuff. We don’t want to talk about a troubled relationship or a struggle at work so we find any way to get distracted. In the end, all of these things result in us spending more and more time away from the people and things we love. This is why today our intent is to focus.
Trying to get focused too? Here are 3 resources to help:
- These 5 reasons you can’t stay focused.
A first step to getting focused is figuring out where your roadblocks are. What are your biggest distractions? Social media? Unhealthy relationships? Repetitive excuses? Time? Get serious about identifying the things that keep pulling you away and come up with a plan to manage or eliminate those things if you’re serious about moving past them.
- These 11 steps to insane focus.
Insane focus? Maybe you’re struggling to have even a normal level of focus. We get that. We loved that these 11 tips centered mostly around remembering what matters to you. It is a passion project? Is it your family? Is it staying peaceful and stress-free throughout the day? When you know what matters, it gets easier to prioritize and focus because you know what is on the line. When we commit to a task (whether that’s spending quality time with your child or scrolling through Instagram), you take time away from something else. If you realized your kids were losing significant amounts of time to mindlessly checking Instagram, how would that make you feel? So why not make a plan to get focused?
- This reminder to be wise about what you’re focusing on.
“If you don’t program your mind, your mind will be programmed.” If we’re not careful about what we’re letting into our minds and bodies, we can wake up somewhere we didn’t expect. The negativity can sneak in. The laziness can set in. You can end up a passive bystander in your own life. So what are you focusing on? Are you focusing on things that make you more alive or feel empty?
Are you focusing on things you’re proud of?
Are you focusing on things that will matter a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, 20 years from now?
Think about what deserves your focus. What criteria are you using?