3 Ways to Capture Better Focus Every Morning
By Genevieve Cunningham
When we’re kids, we’re expected to have short attention spans. It’s normal for little ones to get distracted, right? But as we age, we’re expected to get focused and pay attention for hours on end. While this would be true in an ideal world, most people have trouble with focus. Just like kids, we’re often distracted regularly. We try to work, but check Facebook for just a few minutes. We sit down to pay bills, but check out Amazon for a few minutes to see the deals. Of course, this always turns into hours of procrastination. And once off task, it can be really difficult to refocus. If this sounds a little too much like you, it’s time to get serious about concentration. To help capture your focus and stay on task, check out these three morning habits that can get you moving in the right direction.
Start Your Day With Mental Preparation
Too often, we drag ourselves out of bed and go through the motions of our morning without any intention at all. We’re like zombies, never fully waking up until hours after we’ve left our comfortable beds. But if you’ll start your morning with intentional focus of the mind, you’re much more likely to spark your focus. This could be through meditation, quiet reading, journaling, or simple quiet time to reflect on the coming day. Start your day with about 15 minutes of mental preparation, and you’re much more likely to get your concentration on track.
Fuel Your Body With Nutritious Food
Food is fuel for our bodies and minds, and when we put junk into our mouths, it shows in the way that our bodies and minds function. If you’re not eating a nutritious meal in the morning, it may be hindering your ability to concentrate. You don’t have to get fancy. Just choose something well balanced that feels good in your body, and make it a part of your morning. You may be surprised at how big of a difference this makes in your energy level as well as your ability to stay on task.
Don’t Rush to Technology
Technology is great -- we all love it. But the truth is that it’s also distracting. If you want to ruin your mood and your focus first thing in the morning, jump on your phone or laptop immediately. It immediately gets your mind moving, but also overstimulates -- which then makes concentration incredibly difficult. If possible, lay off the technology for a while after waking up. When you get to work, you’ll get on your device of choice, and your brain will be way more ready to focus.
Focus can be a difficult thing to capture. We’re so busy and so distracted, and yet we’re all trying to regain focus on a daily basis. Use these tips to enhance your ability to concentrate, and you’ll probably find yourself more successful and productive than you’ve ever been before.
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