Discover 9 Guaranteed Ways Proven To Become Super Focused

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“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

Tim Ferriss

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Do you find yourself struggling to focus to complete a task?

 

You are not alone. People everywhere are finding it increasingly challenging to concentrate on a particular task at hand.

 

As for me, I sometimes blame the process of aging for my diminishing powers of concentration.

 

Then, in a recent study by the University of Helsinki on participants between the ages of 13 and 24, it was found that the younger generation had trouble filtering out disturbances and sticking to the task at hand.

 


So, it was somewhat of a relief for me to learn that being distracted has nothing to do with aging. It has more to do with the fact that we live in an increasingly connected world filled with alerts, notifications, banners and badges all designed to grab your attention and enticed you from the task at hand.

 

We Are Living In A Highly Distractive Digital World

In this time and age, being interrupted and distracted by smartphones and other devices that connects us digitally to the world has become the new normal. On average, a smartphone owner would unlock and check his or her phone 150 times a day and on an average interval of 12 minutes.

 

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And once distracted you would need an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the deep focus you had on a task (according to a study by the University of California Irvine).

 

Imagine how much your productivity will plunge if you check your smartphone every 12 minutes and then need about 23 minutes to get back into the flow of things.

Getting Back Into The Flow

So how do you build a laser-like focus and get back into flow.

 

Flow is that laser-like focus state of mind you enjoy when you are at the peak of your ability and productivity.

 

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the Hungarian psychologist who created this concept, defines flow as “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it”

 

When you are so deeply focused and totally absorbed in a task that nothing seems to be able to distract you – you are in a state of flow. This is where you have built a momentum so effortlessly that your actions and state of mind are in harmony.

 

In moments like these, your work does not feel like work but instead, you are completely absorbed in the activity that it feels like pure enjoyment. So, are you ready to introduce a laser-like focus into your life (again)?

 

If you are ready, here are 9 fail safe ways to boost your ability to focus:

 

1. Focus On One Task At A Time

This means no multitasking, no matter how productive you feel while performing multiple activities at the same time. Neuroscientists can testify that our brain doesn’t really thrive at doing tasks simultaneously. In fact, every time you switch tasks, your brain goes into a start /stop mode.

 

So, when you multitask, it costs more time, it is less efficient and you tend to make more mistakes.

 

2. Get Enough Shut-Eye

Yea, this is a bit of a no-brainer. A good night’s sleep will ensure that you think clearly, remember more and become more decisive.

 

Inability to focus, forgetfulness and lower levels of productivity are some of the things related to a bad night’s sleep or sleep deficiency.

 

Use glasses that blocks out blue light when you use electronic devices that emits blue light. Blue light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms.

 

3. Don’t Forget To Take Brain Breaks

Also known as a “microbreak”, a brain break can be any activity that will give your brain a booster and increase your ability to concentrate.

 

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Your brain break can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes as long as it helps you interrupt the monotony of a mentally or physically taxing task.

 

It can be anything from going to the pantry to have a cup of coffee or walking to the window to admire the scene on the street for a minute or two.

 

4. Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Day

Two words:

Being present.

 

When you eat, paying attention to your food and focus on its flavors and crunchiness as opposed to eating with your smartphone, tv or someone else.

 

Mindfulness simply means focusing completely on what you are doing, being aware of where you are and observing all sensations (physical and emotional) you are experiencing in that moment.

 

Briefly practice mindfulness throughout your day and gradually that laser-like focus will become part of you.

 

5. Avoid Digital Distractions

This is probably the toughest one. You need an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the deep focus and yet…

 

…there is a strong temptation to unlock your phone, scroll through your Twitter account, check if your friends “liked” you Facebook post and look at photos on Instagram.

 

Do not disturb!

 

There are no hard and fast rules for this. Turn off email notifications, activate the “Do Not Disturb” mode on your phone for the duration where you need to be focused or refrain from going online for a few hours.

 

You just got to figure out what works best for you.

 

6. Bring Music Into Your Life

Music makes you feel upbeat, drowns out distracting noises and elicit positive emotions.

 

When you are listening to music that you enjoy, your brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that reduces stress levels and makes you feel good.

 

According to Teresa Lesiuk, associate professor of music therapy at the University of Miami, discovered that listening to music often produces “mild, positive moods.” In her research, the participants have positive experiences when listening to whatever kind of music they prefer “90% of the time”.

 

7. Find Your Most Productive Time Of The Day

According to the creators of the productivity app RescueTime, knowledge workers have just 2 hours and 48 minutes of productive time each day.

 

Hence, instead of powering through from start to end on an average workday, you might want to try aligning your most important work with your most productive time.

 

Tapping into your ultradian rhythms will help you discover the part of the day where your body is at a peak state.

 

Sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman revealed that our body experience an unproductive trough, a productive peak and then back again in cycles of between 90 and 120 minutes.

 

When you work within that 90- and 120-minute state of alertness, you are in a state of flow and you will be 500% more productive.

 

8. Use The Pomodoro Technique

If you are the type that works well under pressure, then this technique instills a sense of urgency and helps create sustained concentration.

 

The essence of this method is focused work sessions of 25-minute chunks with frequent 5-minute breaks (referred to as pomodoros). Using a timer, just focus on a single task for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break.

 

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Then, tackle your next task for 25 minutes. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

9. Practice Relaxed Concentration

One proven way of getting into a flow state of focused attention is by using hypnosis. If your impression of hypnosis is the dramatized version seen in the movies with swinging pendulums and audiences clucking like chickens, please note that those are just for pure entertainment.

 

Research from Stanford University shows that hypnosis can enhance your focus on a single task without worrying about what’s going on in your surroundings.

 

Hypnosis gets you into a state of relaxed concentration by tapping into the strengths that your subconscious provides so that you become more focused to achieve what you want to.

 

You can achieve a laser-like focus by merely practicing self-hypnosis without attending a hypnosis class or session. 

 

Conclusion: A New Reality For You

The ability to focus and get things done within a stipulated time is crucial in today’s world. We live in an environment that is constantly bombarded by highly disruptive and distracting “noises”.

 

Thus, being able to stay focused is one of the most important capabilities you would want to develop. The ability to focus on one thing for a certain period will definitely increase the quality and efficiency of your work.

 

I hope you have benefited from this post. I would like to end with this quote from martial artist/actor/author Bruce Lee:

“Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.”

Bonus Section

Hypnosis To Help You Achieve A Laser-like Focus

Pick a comfortable spot in your home where you can be relaxed without getting disrupted. Create a quiet environment by switching off all your electronic devices before you begin self-hypnosis.

 

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Gently close your eyes and take a deep breath…with each breath you are feeling more and more comfortable and more and more relaxed…where ever you are now…you are experiencing a very calm and confident feeling…even if you can hear sounds coming from around you… it only helps you to relax even more…

 

Count down slowly from 10 to 1…with each number…you will begin to feel more and more relaxed…10…slowly relax as you take a deep breathe…9…8…let yourself slowly sink deeply as you become more and more relaxed…7…you are feeling absolutely great about yourself…6…drifting slowly…5 with each breathe you are feeling calm…comfortable…relaxed…4…3…that’s right…just allow yourself to drift…slowly…more relaxed…2…1…

 

In that calmness that you are now experiencing… you are allowing your life to flow…you now find it very easy to focus…and concentrate…every time you take a deep breath…you can focus at will…you will no longer feel bored with the things around you thus making it easier to concentrate…you are now able structure your time and your life so your energies are not scattered…

 

You remember these nine proven methods you have just read…and will apply it purposefully into your life…you no longer have to force yourself to be focused…because it has become something effortless for you…you just flow and…this is becoming a second nature to you…

 

In your unconscious mind…you can picture yourself doing whatever it is that you want to focus in on…it can be anything…just picture yourself sitting in a comfortable chair…as soon as you are seated…you can immediately immerse yourself in your work or project…with full concentration…with your immersion…

 

You are able to get into a state of flow…

 

And even if there are sounds in your surrounding environment… you do not hear it…your unconscious mind will help you filter all unnecessary sounds from your surroundings…with each breath…

 

Your unconscious mind will remember…to help you to be in a flow state…and help you remain in a laser-like focused state…until it is time for you to take a break…your unconscious mind will also help you to filter out all unnecessary sounds…and anything that can be a distraction to your immersion in your tasks…nothing is keeping you from what you are trying to focus on…

 

Whatever you are trying to concentrate on…you will always be able to get in the zone…you will always be able to give all of your attention toward the task at hand…all your sensory capabilities such as your sense of taste, sound, smell, touch, and sight will always be in harmony with your focus…they will work in sync with you while you are in your laser focus mode…and will block out all distractions…and help you to succeed at focusing for as long as you need to…

 

As you are in a comfortable state right now…

 

With each breath…you begin to feel that your ability to focus will keep getting better as the days and weeks and months go by …and with each passing moment…your daily productivity will get better…you will begin each day with a fresh vibrant attitude…and right now you have all the abilities necessary to be focused in all tasks that requires your fill attention.

 

Now…just enjoy this moment…as your body and mind are filled with positive energy…and in that comfortable state…be aware that you will awaken in a few moments time…you will wake up feeling fresh, energized and empowered…

 

Upon awakening…you will find that you possess a new ability that will stay with you forever…the ability to get into deep focus…stay immersed during while you are doing your tasks and get into a flow state effortlessly…and from this point forth…you will enjoy a greater boost in productivity.

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