7 Ways to Increase Your Focus


Recently I watched an episode of House of Cards where a group of Tibetan monks were making a mandala out of sand. This incredibly beautiful artwork took a number of monks over one month to complete. Imagine the focus required to create a large piece of artwork one grain of sand at a time.

Similarly, in business the need for focus is crucial for success. There are many distractions experienced each day and learning to improve our focus can help us to be even more successful.

Below are 7 tips that are known to increase focus:

  1. Meditate.  There many ways to meditate. It may be walking in a peaceful environment, art work, reading and reflecting on a good book, yoga practice, engaging in an enjoyable activity. Simply enjoy the activity and let go of expectations of outcome.
  2. Balanced Diet.  Reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods. Get your fruits and vegetables, healthy levels of protein daily. Ensure that you eat all 3 meals each day.
  3. Sleep.  Get adequate sleep each night. The ultimate amount of sleep for adults is 6 to 8 hours per night. Get in the habit of going to sleep and getting up at the same time each day. Avoid listening to the news and using computers or watching TV for 1 hour prior to sleep.
  4. Create Routines that work for you.  Exercising at the same time each day can help you get in the habit (and sustain it). Taking breaks at work during the day actually increases concentration. Writing a to-do list each afternoon before leaving work enables you a clear direction to begin the next work day.
  5. Practice Gratitude.  Make a list of things you are grateful for. Take time to appreciate all you have in life.
  6. Exercise.  Make sure that you Exercise regularly. For some it’s yoga and walking and for others it’s biking and weights. Find something you enjoy to get you moving and your heart beating.
  7. Breathe.  Take a few moments to focus on your breathing. Take a couple of deep breaths. Count the length of your inhale and exhale and have them match – to a three count.

I encourage you to experiment with the above techniques and notice how much more focused you are at work.

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