5 Simple ways to have better focus TODAY?
Focus has always been a struggle for me! As a kid, before they knew about ADD and later in life, trying to keep up with a busy schedule for my family was quite overwhelming at times. If you think about it, what a wife/ mother accomplishes in any given day is truly astonishing. Ok. I was trying to sound fancy. It’s just nuts!
We do more than most CEO’s. Honestly! Throughout the years, we manage our crew(our husband and children’s) schedules; we chauffer, we clean, we launder, we COOK. (Big OY here!) Think about it. I would love to know who decided a woman (after an exhausting day) was to put a beautiful meal on the table at 6 pm? Why????? Why can’t we have dinner at 2 pm? Seriously. It is no wonder why focus, and not to mention exhaustion can be a significant problem.
With age comes wisdom. I have a few little have to’s in life to keep me focused and sane. (mostly) There are a million different ways to organize, focus, be a superwoman, and guess what. I think I tried them all! What I learned as in most things, if I keep it simple, I usually have better success. Truthfully, if you have already figured out a sound system, and it is working, that is ALL that matters! If you need a little help in this area, these are five super easy places to start.
5 SIMPLE ways to have better focus TODAY!
1.) Make a list
Planning is not for everyone. In the beginning, keep it simple. If you are not a planner or you are a free spirit, don’t try to micromanage every second of your day. Leave room for life! I like to start with the three things that I have to accomplish that day and three things I WANT to achieve that day. Write a list the night before. Place it next to your coffee pot for a morning review.
2.) Have space
I do not have a huge house, and space is limited. I have to think out of the box. I once had my office in a small walk-in closet when the kids were young. It was adorable. I had a desk, tiny bookshelf, extension cable to run my lamp, computer, and phone. Most importantly, it had a door. (Clearly, if you are closet phobic or 6 foot tall, this may not be ideal for you.) The point is, if you are like me, it is difficult to think straight with lots of distractions.
Do you have a space to create? Write? Think?
You can also have a traveling desk. Travel. Is it beautiful outside? Go there. Are you the family downstairs, and you need to work? Go upstairs. Or go to the library.
3.) Beautiful Mind Study Music
Beautiful Mind Study Music is probably my favorite focus tool ever!! Prepare to become hypo focused on just about anything. I use this to do finances. If my kids have a big homework project or even if I am trying a new recipe with too many steps, I use this music to help focus. This music is brilliant. If your home has other people living and working in it, and you find yourself distracted, go ahead and throw your headphones on!
4.) Avoid Distractions
Turn off your notifications on your phone, emails, and social media when you are focusing on a task. The slightest chime, ding, or tweet can lead you astray to accomplish what you set out to do. The next thing you know, you are knee-deep in emails or group chats with your girls on What’s App. Set yourself up for success. Turn it all off and dedicate some fully focused time to accomplish your goal.
5.) Focus on One Thing at a Time
I used to consider myself a great multi-tasker. Many times I have to be. The truth is that zoning in on one thing at a time is far more efficient for me. It takes less time and energy than trying to do ten different things at one time. The quality of my work is far better.