LET'S TALK MENTAL FOCUS





Staying on task can be challenging when surrounded by constant distractions. Unfortunately, in today's always-connected world, diversions are nothing more than a click away. Fortunately, mental focus is a lot like a muscle. The more you work on building it, the stronger it gets.


Here Are A Few Tips:


1. Eliminate Distractions

While it may sound obvious, people often underestimate just how many distractions prevent them from concentrating on the task at hand. Common distractions are phones, social media, television, emails, and instant messaging.


2. Limit Your Focus

While multitasking may seem like a great way to get a lot done quickly, it turns out that people are rather bad at it. Think of your attention as a spotlight. If you shine that spotlight on one particular area, you can see things very clearly. However, if you were to try to spread that same amount of light across a large dark room, you might instead only glimpse the shadowy outlines. Our brains are not designed for multitasking; instead, we switch tasks. Switching our attention from one thing to another. What happens is we never give our full attention to one task.


3. Live in the Moment

It's tough to stay mentally focused when you ruminate about the past, worry about the future, or tune out of the present moment.

This notion of being present is essential for recapturing your mental focus. Staying engaged in the here and now keeps your attention sharp and your mental resources honed in on the details that matter at a specific point in time.


4. Take a break r

Have you ever tried to focus on the same thing for an extended period? After a while, your focus starts to break down, and it becomes more and more difficult to devote your mental resources to the task. Not only that, but your performance ultimately suffers as a result. Take a break.


5. Meditation

Researchers have found that meditation stimulates areas of the brain associated with memory, concentration, and learning. Start by taking several deep breaths while focusing on every breath. When you feel your mind naturally begin to wander, gently and uncritically guide your focus back to your deep breathing.

While this might seem like a deceptively simple task, you may find that it is much more difficult than it appears.