How to Reinforce Focus
How to Reinforce Focus, Aside from making a habit out of disconnecting, you need to learn about focus rituals. These refer to a series of actions that you need to do habitually until you feel physically compelled to do them. They become special actions that you need to do.
So when you have to follow a ritual, you can focus better and become more creative. Some of the rituals that you can try include the following:
- Spend your mornings quietly. Wake up before the other household members. Don’t turn on the computer and don’t go online. Enjoy your breakfast and morning newspaper. Run around the block or meditate. Do nothing. Focus.
- Prepare a to-do list. Start with the three biggest tasks of the day or the one major thing that you want to finish before the day ends. This should you focus on the things that matter.
- Learn to refocus. During the course of the day, you might get distracted. So refocus on the important tasks at hand every two hours or so. Close your browser, go for a walk, and clear your head, then look at your to-do list again.
- Focus, then rest. Do this alternating exercise to make sure that you stay focused. Focus for 10 minutes, rest for 2; focus for another 25, then rest for 5, and so on.
- Focus on two things. You can do this when you have two major tasks at hand, but don’t make the switch rapidly. Focus on the first task for 10 minutes, then the next 10 on the next project, or focus on one until you lose interest in it before switching to the other.
- Connect, then focus. Set a certain time to check your email or go social, then disconnect to focus on your creative projects. Reconnect for another period of time, then focus. Repeat this cycle.
- End your day right. Enjoy your evening by disconnecting.
- Perform weekly focus rituals. Review your week, look at your projects, edit your to-do list, change your focus rituals to include only those that work, and review the rest of your professional and domestic life to see what needs changing.