Four Ways to Power Up Your Focus Muscles

It’s getting increasingly more difficult to focus these days. There are too many distractions available. From video games to social media to too many tasks, it makes you wonder how people can concentrate on what they should be doing.

This is essential for a leader daily. You can improve your concentration and performance – you just have to learn how to power up your focus muscles.

  1. Work in Your Energy Time(s)

We tend to work better in spurts. Therefore, use that to figure out the optimal times for you. It’s different for each person. Some people can work for a full hour while others will do better with 15-minute intervals. Some people have more energy in the morning while others feel the ‘jolt’ later in the day. Try to work with a colleague to help each other determine the best times for each of you.

  • Get Enough Sleep

If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you need to correct that. All other techniques to help you focus will be useless if you don’t. Your body needs the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep will make your mind wander, and focusing won’t happen.

Try to go to bed and get up every day at the same time. Our bodies adjust easily to routines such as these. Again, people have different needs when it comes to sleep. You may only need six hours while others may need more or less. Even taking a twenty minute nap has benefits.

  • Eat Nutritionally

If you don’t practice good eating habits, your foods won’t give you the proper amount of energy (this includes drinking water). This will cause you to be sluggish which will affect your ability to focus.

It’s okay to eat the occasional ‘sin snack,’ as they’re referred to.  But this should not be a regular habit. While it’s great to learn which foods boost your energy, you need to balance your diet for optimal focusing.

  • Exercise Daily

To continue on the peak concentration path, make sure you add regular exercises to your routines and ones that include aerobics. It’s a proven fact that regular exercise will boost your stamina and focus will benefit. You don’t have to participate in extreme sports to get the benefits of exercise. Regular long walks will do wonders here.

After you have all the routine items in place, consider adding meditation into the mix. Once you learn how to meditate and it starts to be effective (this takes time), you will have the tools to clear your head and help your body relax.

  • Turn Off Social Media Throughout the Day

Social media can be addictive; in fact, there is a term called “popcorn brain,
 where your thoughts jump from one to another, just like popcorn. Turning off social media (or gaming, movies, etc.) will calm the brain and return your focus. You can start small, say for one hour, or schedule times you’ll be on.

As a leader, you need to be at your best. By working on these simple but powerful habits, your focusing muscles will be primed for optimal use when you have all of these factors implemented, leaving your feeling refreshed and recharged to lead effectively daily.

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