With the Internet being our window to the world around us, it is no wonder why laser focus would seem almost impossible for most of us. With all our distractions available in just a click, it takes a lot of discipline to even control ourselves. Thankfully, focus is a mental muscle that grows as we practice. Here are just some of the things we can do to help improve our concentration.
- Check your level of concentration every now and then.
Awareness is 50% of solving the problem. Knowing where you stand will help you navigate your way to your goals. In this case, you can ask yourself the following questions. Do you find yourself daydreaming while working? Are you easily sidetracked with your activities? Do you often lose track of your progress? If you answered yes to these questions, you already know that you need to build better habits to improve your focus.
- Lessen distractions.
While this is easier said than done, it may be as simple as turning off your radio or the TV. Music that contains lyrics may be distracting. If you really prefer to work with music on, you can try listening to music for deep focus.
It would be more challenging if your spouse, child, roommate, or co-worker constantly interrupts you while working. To deal with this, you can set boundaries and inform them that for a specific time period you would like to be left uninterrupted. If you work from home, you can choose a specific room in your house which you can occupy while doing your work. If there isn’t any private room in your home you can use, you can try the library or a coffee shop.
- Be in the present.
Not all distractions are external. Most of the time, it’s the internal noises that distract us from living in the present. Being anxious about the future can be very exhausting and can put away your focus in the right place. To live in the present, try to be as well-rested as possible before you work. When your mind starts to wander, gently bring your thoughts back to the task at hand.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to finish, meditation can help you calm down and adjust your focus. Meditation can be done as easily as taking deep breaths and just focusing on the act of inhaling and exhaling. Just look for a place where you will not be disturbed.
There is no perfect meditation practice. Expect that you will be distracted by your thoughts every now and then. When this happens, just gently go back to focusing on your breath without scolding yourself.
- Do not multitask.
Our attention is a limited resource. If you spread it too thinly on different things all at once, the quality of work you do for each will suffer. You can improve the quality of your work more if you give your full attention to one thing at a time.
- Take short breaks every now and then.
Taking a break every once in a while will break the monotony. You can choose to get some fresh air, stretch, eat a snack mindfully, nap, or chat with a friend you enjoy talking to. Basically, just do something you enjoy for a few minutes. Doing this will help you feel refreshed when you go back to work.
- Have a Clear Quartz close by.
Having a Clear Quartz nearby helps bring clarity to your thoughts. By putting it on your desk, it will help you focus on your work. It will also help if it sits close by during meetings, especially as you brainstorm. To shop our crystal quartz collection, click here.
If you feel overwhelmed and anxious, keep it close to you as you meditate. Clear Quartz is a powerful yet gentle crystal that can help you reflect peacefully. As you hold the Clear Quartz, recite affirmations like “My body, mind, and soul are stronger. I will succeed.” By doing this, the Clear Quartz unifies you more with your intention, helping you to focus more deeply on your goal.
There are no shortcuts in sharpening your focus. With the number of distractions we each have daily, it will not be easy either. But if we know the ‘why’ of our goals and we choose to work on it one day at a time, knowing all of these will help us move one step closer to our goals.