Goal-oriented people are notoriously busy. Whether you are building your career, raising a family, or launching a business, you likely have several tasks and responsibilities on your plate every day. Keeping up with your To Do List requires mental focus, so important details don't fall through the cracks. But, as much as we all would like to spring out of bed ready to take on the world, sometimes, getting our brain out of first gear can be hard. Here are four ways to improve your mental focus, so you can have the clarity of mind to get things done with less stress and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.
Eliminate Distractions. Staying on task often takes effort, and even minor distractions can derail your focus. Social media is a notorious temptation. It's easy to peek at Facebook or Instagram for a quick mental break, only to look up from the screen and see that you've spent 45 minutes mindlessly scrolling through posts. Setting a timer on your smartphone, or scheduling "fun time" on your calendar for catching up on social media are two effective tools to keep yourself from wasting time surfing online.
Set Boundaries. Friends, family members, or chatty co-workers also can disrupt your workflow, often without realizing it. If you work from home, try creating a place to get work done - like a home office or guest bedroom - and asking your family to leave you alone for a specific block of time. Establishing clear boundaries will ensure that everybody is on the same page, and your work ethic will set a positive example. Similarly, if you work in a corporate setting, you can post a small note on your office door or cubicle to let people know that you need to stay focused. You can even make it humorous; for example, "Working hard to meet a deadline. Interruptions are welcome after 3PM."
Be Present. In the age of multitasking, we like to believe that we can do more than one thing at the same time, like talking on the phone to a client while skimming through a news article. The result is that neither area receives our full attention, which can hurt relationships and cause us to miss important details. Choose to engage in one thing at a time, no matter how tempting it may feel to juggle more. If you suddenly think of something else that needs to get done, write yourself a quick note or add it to your calendar. Then, shift your mental energy back to the matter at hand. By being fully present for each individual task, you will be more productive and ensure that you do everything with excellence.
Start Strong. Maintaining positive momentum is easier than losing your stride and getting it back. Set yourself up for success by beginning your day with a clear plan, and do things that promote mental alertness, like taking an early morning run or having a protein shake for breakfast. Adding Simply StartTM to your morning wellness routine also can help you gain the clarity of mind you need to be productive. Made from 100% organic hemp oil, Simply Start contains beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that work synergistically to help calm the mind and promote mental focus. The tincture also includes all-natural peppermint oil to enliven the senses and boost your mood before you head into the day.
By taking active steps to improve your mental focus, you can ramp up your productivity, fulfill on promises, and achieve your goals. As a bonus, when you accomplish your daily tasks faster, you'll have more free time to spend with family or friends, and doing activities just for fun.