We all have periods in our life where we feel like we can’t focus on anything. Whether it be distractions, or stress, we can’t deny that it just happens sometimes. If you are having a hard time focusing, I have a few tips for you that helped me.
Tip #1: Train Your Focus
There was a time where I just felt like I couldn’t stop getting distracted. Maybe it was the constant notifications from the phone, the short-form content I consumed daily (more-so hourly), and a very short attention span.
I learned to train myself to focus on things without distraction for short periods of time. An example of this may be a 5 minute Meditation. Another example would be to watch an episode of a TV show (without any distraction). It might sound easy, but it seriously does help. When you can train yourself to focus on anything without distractions, it compounds over time and you improve your focus in everything simultaneously.
Tip #2: Think About Now
It’s so easy for your mind to drift off and think about something completely random. Although, these random thoughts are working against you when it breaks your focus. Try to limit your “random thoughts” and think about what you are doing right now.
When a random thought occurs, treat it like a fly buzzing near you. You can be aware of the thoughts, just don’t play into them. When you do, you start having the urge to go rogue from the task at hand. Don’t break the focus.
Tip #3: Get Excited
Things are only boring if you make them boring. Using your imagination is important, even as an adult. If you are focusing on something that you dislike, rebrand it. You’re not just reading analytics, you’re a spy looking to decode the memo to find the most logical solution for catching the bad guy. Use your imagination to make a fantasy of your situation, while not getting too caught up in the fantasy that you break focus. The fantasy you enchant yourself with shouldn’t go against nor be different from what you are already doing, just upgrading it.
If you have that sense of imagination, the info I gave above will ten billion percent help you get excited about what you’re doing. Although if you don’t, I have a more logical way for you. You need to learn to find joy in detail. Meaning, you take your analyzation skills to the maximum level. Pay attention so closely that you eventually find something you are interested in. In this intense focused state, you are so hyper-focused that recalling these memories will be very easy in the future. Learning is fun, understand this. Look around, everything you see has been made somehow, some way. Learning brought that progression and advancement. Detail in repetition is also important; the more you do something, the more you can learn to do it in a more efficient way.