The ability to stay focused is so important as it helps you concentrate directly on your goals, especially during high stress days when distractions can overload your mind.
There is no doubt that we all have busy lives. Some of us are parents, some have careers that are in high pressure, fast paced environments. So, in this blog post we will explore the 3 habits that help me to stay focused on a day-to-day basis.
You can practice these habits whenever you feel you need to, as they will help your mind stay on track, especially when there seems to be endless interruptions.
These habits are simple to follow, and you can apply them at any time you feel overwhelmed or unable to focus.
1. Writing to De-clutter your Mind
One of the most helpful habits I practice each day to help me stay focused, is simply writing down everything that I have on my mind at that moment in time. This is commonly referred to as ‘brain dumping’.
When I have lots of thoughts whizzing around in my mind, endless to-do lists and overwhelming workloads, it can be stressful and makes my ability to focus limited. So, a helpful way of reducing this is by sitting down with a pen and paper, or your journal and writing down everything that your mind is unable to switch off from.
Just by doing this for 5 minutes every day can make such a huge difference. I always find that I am much more productive afterwards, as I am no longer overthinking. Instead, I can organise my thoughts on paper, which also helps me to visualise the tasks, leaving my mind free of distractions and able to focus on priorities.
2. 15-min Yoga or Pilates
Taking a moment to do some simple low impact exercises such as Yoga or Pilates really boosts my energy levels. These exercises are so beneficial, as they are low energy, you don’t need expensive equipment, you can practice anywhere you have space, and they are designed to help focus the mind too.
I schedule in a Yoga or Pilates session every working day before lunch. This is especially useful while I am working from home and of course home-schooling. Doing this as one of my daily habits helps to relieve any stress and tension in my body too, which makes me feel much better in the long term. It also creates a moment to focus on my breathing and clearing my mind.
Once my session is finished, I can go back to my work, feeling refreshed and re-focused.
3. Taking the Time to Read
Another helpful habit that improves my focus is reading. I make sure I arrange a time slot in my day to read a section of a fiction book. I aim to read for at least 30 minutes every day.
Reading is so useful when it comes to helping me focus, as it provides me with some time to switch off from my everyday tasks and workload. Reading just a short amount every day stimulates the brain and trains your mind to focus. This has a huge positive impact in my day-to-day routine.
Reading is my survival, and the monthly book club I am a part of also gives me the opportunity to network with brilliant women. I would definitely recommend joining a book club, or at least taking up reading as a habit.
It’s important to remember that we are only human, and we can’t always be focused all the time. However, by implementing some of these simple, daily habits can really help you to free your mind and concentrate on bigger tasks at hand.
If you need to talk about any struggles you have with focusing, feel free to contact me here.
I love helping my clients gain a better understanding of how to focus in their daily lives too, so I am always open to chat and discuss how I can help.