Thursday, October 17, 2019

Maximizing Your Focus

Your brain is the biggest asset you have in life and how you utilize it can determine how effective you are in your daily life and how stressed you feel.  In recent years, multitasking has been a buzzword that has taken hold in society.  However, multitasking is difficult and leads to errors and stress.  If you try to do too many tasks at once, you’re bound to make a mistake.  For this reason, I believe that you should use your brain to focus on one thought at a time. 

Now, focusing on one thing at a time doesn’t mean that you can’t maximize your brain power to accomplish a series of tasks efficiently.  For example, you can cut vegetables for dinner while waiting for water to boil for the main course.  In this scenario, one of the tasks, waiting for the water to boil, does not require your constant mental focus.  This is not multitasking, but rather proper planning that results in an efficient order of processes.  By utilizing your time efficiently, you take pressure off your brain and allow yourself to focus on a single task at a time before moving onto the next one. 

Setting up a routine is one way to do this.  For instance, if you know you tend to rush around to complete tasks every morning, you might prepare the night before to make your mornings easier.   Instead of rushing to get everything done in the morning, you might prepare a breakfast or lay out clothes for the next day each night in order to smooth out the morning routine and make things more efficient and less stressful. This will help prevent mistakes as well and allow you to put all your focus and energy into one task at a time, which is safer and easier.  Plus, you will have the confidence that you have a plan to accomplish your objectives.

Some tasks, of course, need your complete attention, while others do not.  For instance, chopping wood might require your full attention while folding laundry might be done while also watching TV or carrying on a conversation.  Knowing the difference between what needs complete focus and what does not is important and will allow you to successfully plan and optimize your routines.  This does not mean planning your day down to the minute, as there will always be unforeseen occurrences that will require you to be flexible and accommodating. However, if you have a general layout of simple daily goals that you need to accomplish, it will help keep you organized and on track.  This outline allows you to focus on what is most important in the moment, one task at a time, instead of making you feel like you have to juggle many things at once.  If you focus on just a single item at a time and use a little planning to maximize your brain power, you will see the benefits of fewer mistakes and a calmer mind every day.

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