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2 crazy ways to increase your focus when you feel like a zombie!

 

It’s crazy isn’t it.

Yet another wasted morning!

Or another wasted day.

Once again, you had some things to do…

and once again, you failed!

You feel helpless

You may even feel stupid, maybe even sick.

And feel completely and utterly incompetent!

This horrible feeling that again, a morning and a day has gone by, with nothing much to show at all!

You seem unable to focus, unable to grasp the concept of concentration. Sure, you’ve done stuff, yet not what you really wanted to do

‘Why’?, you say to yourself, ‘What does it take to focus on this simple task?’.

‘Why am I struggling?’.

You look at everybody else. They just seem to focus with ease.

That really pisses you off!

It’s almost like somebody has put their hand inside your brain and turned your mind off.

Now it feels like you can’t do anything at all.

Not even for at least 10 seconds…

It seems like somebody has got their finger on your power button.

And only they can do something about it.

You can’t!

And you feel absolute vulnerable.

You feel like you’re stupid, or that somehow you are incompetent… this horrible feeling that you don’t deserve to be an adult, because you can’t even seem to focus on something so simple.

And yet, guess what?

Life happens.

Don’t you just hate that…life always seems to happen.

And before you know it, its now 6pm in the evening, and you feel like crap.

You ask, ‘Where has the day gone?’

After all, from 9am to the evening, that’s a good 10 hours.

You would of thought, 10 hours would be simple.

Simply crack on and work…

Obviously not!

You’re not alone…

I’ve been there as well!

I’ve had days where nothing seems to have happened to me. Worked so, and yet sod all to show for it.

That’s the problem with focus. It looks easy on the outskirts, and yet the reality is far different.

The turth is, you and I find it very difficult to focus. We seem to be part of an attention deficient based society!

We have distractions left, right and centre.

Even sitting down at our computer or laptop, even for 5 minutes, is a challenge of the absolute highest order.

The thing about focus, despite a lot of, ‘productivity porn’ out there, is that there are very few techiniuqes that can actually help you stay grounded and focused.

Sure, time management is one thing, and that’s great. But without the initial focus, you may as well shout at a wall.

Fat load of good it will get you.

And the thing is, especially with modern society; there are targets to meet, deadlines to achieve…

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed with multitasking (even though, in truth, there is no such thing;-)

So what is the real deal towards becoming focused?

Some would say that it is making sure you are maximising your productivity with your natural energy levels, at the right time.

Long story short, always do big tasks when your energy is naturally higher.

But in some situations (normally in an office), that is not possible or feasible.

It’s not practical, management probably wouldn’t allow it.

You can’t just stand up, and have a nap when your tired when you have to finish that project by 2pm.

Not if you value your job.

And that’s the thing, there is only so much you can do, management permitting.

So is focus an impossible dream for some people?

Well actually, being focused is pretty simple, once you know what you are doing.

And this is coming from a guy with an attention deficit issue, as well as insomnia.

Not only that, but I’ve also worked in a stressful office for over a decade…

Which means that I’ve discovered little ways to help maintain that focus when the going gets tough.

But, now the tough love…

So far, I’ve been sympathetic. I’ve kinda lulled you into a false sense of security.

I don’t want to put you off, but this needs to be said. After all, if this doesn’t work, the rest doesn’t follow (actually it can, but it’s more difficult).

You’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating.

Are you ready?

Ok…

Get your sleep.

There, I’ve said it (told you you’ve heard this before…)

Seriously, focus is improved by as much as 30% once you have a decent night.

If you have insomnia, then you need to find out what’s causing it. It’s either your thoughts, the comfort of your bed, or the temperature levels of your room.

Get that sorted first, and the focus will follow…

If you’re struggling, do your diligent research on supplements that can help you relax and go to sleep.

Don’t forget diet, and a good exercise plan, especially HIIT. That can work wonders too;-)

There is no point me giving any recommendations, as stuff that works for me may not work for you (sorry to disappoint).

If you’re still with me, we’re good to go.

You see, I’ve been where you’ve been.

For me, I’ve found focus difficult for various reasons…lack of brain stimulation being one, to lack of sleep being the other.

It wasn’t until years later that I realized that I may have had symptoms of a form of ADD.

That is to say that there was a lot of right-hemisphere brain activity causing imagery to take place.

This also meant that I would have an overactive imagination as well as fidget a lot.

When you fidget a lot, it can be caused by an over-stimulated sympathetic nervous system, meaning that your body is not resting as it should be, and is essentially in flight-or-fight mode.

Do this for a long period of time, and your health soon gets affected!

This also meant that I found it hard to concentrate on tasks.

Add to the fact that I barely got 6 hours of sleep… and you have a fantastic concoction of a cocktail where the brain was over-revving a bit too much.

Don’t get me wrong, I knew I had to be as mindful as possible. 

Yet here is a thing that not many people tell you about mindfulness meditation…it is only as good as the least amount of brain imagery and emotion you have.

Put simply, it is easier to become mindful when you are slightly emotional.

But when you are very emotional and your imagination is running haywire, plus the fact that you’re sleepy and you have a job to do, mindfulness pretty many goes out of the window.

However, there are two things which will allow you to remove some of that head, ‘heaviness’ and help you become grounded.

The first one is tapping your fingers to help you become grounded.

Don’t confuse this with EFT, which is about tapping certain, ‘meridian points’. This isn’t what we are doing here. In fact, you probably won’t find this information anywhere else online.

It sounds crazy, but is pretty simple really.

However it does require a bit of a knack, because sometimes you will be day-dreaming like mad and you don’t even realize it.

You do need to have some form of self-awareness at hand, otherwise no technique is going to work for you.

So next time you catch yourself day-dreaming when you know you have something far more important or productive to do, find a way to tap rhythmically with your fingers, whether it is your body, the wooden desk you are sitting at, or even tap on your own skin.

Try to resist the temptation to tap really fast (I’ve tried this, and trust me, your wrist and fingers get tired pretty quickly).

I know it sounds crazy, but doing this for around a few minutes can help you achieve mental clarity that was previously missing.

The second one is even weirder (don’t you just love weird techniques;-).

What we are going to do, is to simply zoom into the image so we mentally move past it.

Next time you are aware of being in a day dream, let the image move towards you and move past it.

While not as effective as the first one, it can yield some surprising results, and can help you become slightly mindful.

I now tend to do the first technique when I’m in front of people, or when I lose a sense of mental clarity or find myself ungrounded.

I find that by tapping my trousers when I’m standing up (or sitting down) is so discreet that few people notice it.

And don’t forget, you are not doing this for long, just a few minutes.

I find that I’m more, ‘present’ when this happens, which also helps me to say more appropriate things, and feel more at ease with the situation.

I’ve also done this when I have tried to go to bed, but found myself with negative imagery that is promoting my OCD, as well as tap slightly when I am in bed to help me get to sleep.

And not only that, but if you do struggle with mindfulness meditation, you can use this to help calm your thoughts down a minute before you start to do your meditation practice.

All you have to do, is to lie or sit down (whatever you normally do) and just tap a part of your clothing as you take a few smooth deep breaths to relax yourself.

If you do this for about a minute before you start your meditation practice, you should find yourself a little bit more relaxed and mentally a little bit clearer.

Don’t forget, sleep is also important as well as diet. So of course, it is all about moderation, and trying to achieve a balance with your brain and body.

For what it is worth, learn the art of juggling. Juggling balls also helps you focus more comfortably as well.

And they do say that juggling for half an hour helps your brain out. See what you think.

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