What is focus?
For example, kids can get so wrapped up in what they do that sometimes it takes a lot of persuasion to make them switch their attention. For young children ability to focus comes very natural, but it can be a challenge for rest of us. We struggle to focus and that can make us fail with what we’re working at.
Some people are able to focus better at what they’re doing and perform exceptionally well, this is called “FLOW” when we are in flow we tend to get amazing results in every field of activity. flow involves “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. There is no ego and time flies, every action and thought comes inevitably from previous one you are fully in to it and you are using your skills at maximum power. So how do we stay IN FLOW?
Flow is easy to achieve when
- You have enough pressure to stay fully engaged but not that that much to harm your performance.
- You are relaxed and alert
- You eliminated negative thoughts and you think positively
- You believe your skills are good enough
- Rather than analyzing and critiquing your performance, you are attending the task in hand.
- Keep distractions under control.
Your phone rings, your email vibrates, someone asking you a question, if you want to have a good chance of getting in flow you need to sort out these distractions.
- Rearrange your workplace, adjust furniture so that it is comfortable, eliminate as many distractions as possible.
- Use “Do not disturb” on your phone or switch it off you will be amazed how much you can get done in one hour without interruptions.
- Identify the sources of stress, most common is the feeling that you have too much to do, time management is the key, use pen and paper to write down what you need to get done, and start finding solutions.
- Clear your mental desk of trash, write down all incomplete tasks that are keeping space in your brain and make you worry and get them done one by one.
- Keep a positive mindset.
Getting Into the Flow
With all of that in place, you can start to practice your concentration skills. Try to focus on one task at a time to the exclusion of others, as far as you can. Soon you will find yourself in the flow state, Flow is productive, flow is fun, and flow is essential for real success!
When we are in flow state we are able to achieve more because all your energy is focusing at one task at a time. If you’re mind still have worries, negative thinking, anxiety try for 10 minutes to write every thought at free will “but i don’t have nothing in mind now” – write that and so on.. try to mark the thoughts that you consider will improve your life and at the end just rewrite them somewhere else to save them and just throw away the paper with all the other “non-improvement” thoughts.
Apply This to Your Life
- Look for ways in which you could improve your work environment so that you can get into the flow more efficiently and more often. Alternatively, use headphones to block out the noise when you’re working at your office.
- Be disciplined about shutting down your web browser, and only checking your e-mail once you have completed a task.
- Set up an effective time management system, and get on top of the stressful thoughts buzzing around your mind. You’ll be amazed by how much better you can concentrate if you get everything down on paper!
- If you get stuck with a certain part of your task, don’t succumb to self-distraction and hurry off to get a cup of coffee. Instead, remind yourself that you have the skills to break through the problem, and maintain your focus on finding a solution.