3 Shockingly Easy Ways to Focus Better.

1. Get enough sleep
Sleeping enough simply means getting the required number of hours your body needs to operate as effectively as possible.

Get enough sleep and you’ll have an optimal amount of energy to use throughout the day and focus definitely requires a significant amount of energy. 6-8 hours of sleep seems to be the right amount for the majority of us.

It’s like trying to play games on your phone when the battery is at 10%. Very soon it’s going to shut off because it’s quite an intensive task for the phone.

It’s the same for us. We can’t expect to focus on intensive tasks when we don’t get enough sleep, running on low energy.

2. Drink a lot of water
We tend to underestimate water’s health benefits and not get enough of drinking it (including me from time to time).

Drinking water has been proven to improve focus.

The human brain is made up of 85% water so not drinking enough water simply means that the brain will not be able to function optimally, which translates to not being able to focus and get work done optimally.

It’s not that hard to drink more water, really.

All you have to do is just take sips every now and then, say every 10 minutes or so, and you might be surprised to find out how much better you feel throughout the day.

3. Meditate
I know meditation might sound really foreign and ‘woo woo’ to some of us but it’s really not.

Meditation is perhaps the most useful way to improve focus, memory and also productivity in the long term.

Several studies have been conducted to compare the brains of meditators and non-meditators and the results are almost always the same – people who meditate score better at stress, focus and memory related tasks.

Think of it as exercise for the brain. Some of us lift weights to train our muscles and meditation does the same for the brain.

And you don’t have to do much either.

All you have to do is notice your breath and when you inhale, count ‘1’. When you exhale, count ‘2’. Keep counting ’til you reach ’10’ and then start back at 1.

You can literally meditate anywhere so there’s really no excuse to do it, especially when you’re alone.

You can do it while commuting.
You can do it while eating.
You can do it while showering.

Do these 3 things right and you’ll be sure to experience some form of improvement in your focus.

A Surprising Way to Stop Wasting Time.

Reject what is useless, accept what is useful.

Bruce Lee was a big proponent for this, both in martial arts and his way of thinking. You could say that Bruce Lee was the world’s first mixed martial artist, discarding what was useless for him and using only techniques that worked for him.

It’s the same with us and our lives.

We go through life, being bombarded with tons of information at a rapid rate in this day and age.

We consume information and do things without really thinking about whether they’re useful or beneficial for us, and we end up spending excessive amounts of time surfing our Facebook news feed mindlessly or watching video after video on Youtube.

Conscious thinking helps.

Before you press ‘play’ on that next Youtube video or spend the next half an hour on social media, ask yourself:

“How does this benefit me in any way?”

If there isn’t any benefit or reason, then there’s really no need to do it.

But if there are benefits and reasons that are sound and good, then go for it.

Doing this sort of mental analysis can help you to weed out the unnecessary time spent on things that don’t really matter to you and help you focus on the things that actually do.

Fill your time with stuff that matters.

Quickest + Easiest Way to De-Stress.

Abdominal breathing.

When you breathe, focus on your belly.

You should feel your tummy rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.

Your shoulders, chest and neck shouldn’t move. Just your tummy.

This is the easiest and quickest way to calm yourself down and relax.

It doesn’t even take much time. Just a few minutes to stop whatever you’re doing and focus on your breath.

It’s convenient, effective and has no side effects.

Do this whenever you feel stressed out or overwhelmed.

You could be feeling stressed out by an upcoming presentation.
You could be feeling worried about unfinished work.
You could be feeling anxious about your future and life in general.

Just stop and take a few breaths.

Detach yourself from the negative thoughts replaying in your mind and be present.

Let it all go.

You are not your thoughts.
You are not your worries.
You are not your fears.

You only become what you allow to affect you.

It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing. You can do abdominal breathing anytime and anywhere and reap all of its benefits.

Do yourself this much-needed favour and your body will thank you for it in the long run.

Increase Your Productivity Using This Simple Technique.

There’s a secret to working all day without getting tired and I’m going to tell you. You’ll get a lot more done too.

It doesn’t involve drinking more coffee.
It doesn’t involve getting more sleep.
It doesn’t involve getting more exercise.

It just involves a timer.

It’s called the pomodoro technique.

You work for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. That’s 1 pomodoro done.

Keep repeating the process til’ you get 4 pomodoros done and then take a 20 minute break.

During the pomodoro, focus solely on the task at hand and ignore all distractions. If you get distracted by something, stop the timer and start back again.

You’ll be surprised at how much more you can get done in 25 minutes of focused work compared to an hour of unfocused work.

The pomodoro technique really helps to counter procrastination, get a ton of work done and ultimately keep your stress levels down.

With the pomodoro technique, you don’t have to worry and think about how much of your work you have left to do.

All you have to think of is to do 1 more pomodoro. Just 1 more. Because every pomodoro you complete will take you 1 step closer to finishing your work/project. That way you don’t have to waste any mental effort in worrying about completing what you have to get done.

All you have to do is just 1 more pomodoro.

Work in small focused chunks of time, get a lot done and feel great while you’re at it.

Never Work A Day In Your Life Again.

It’s very possible to get a lot of things done without actually feeling like we’re working at all.

We don’t have to be constantly stressed out, typing furiously on a keyboard and getting things done with an elevated heart rate of 130 bpm.

We can get a lot done and more simply by slowing down.

Slow down and relax.

Rushing only brings more anxiety and that’s not good.

If you feel overwhelmed with the work and projects you have to complete, relax and take it slow.

Relaxation = Productivity

A relaxed mind is a creative and productive mind, free from anxious and negative thoughts. An anxious mind will never be able to accomplish what a relaxed state of mind can.

Try and go about doing your work and running your errands at a slightly slower pace than you normally do. Focus on the task and ignore all unrelated thoughts. See how it feels, physically, mentally and emotionally.

How different does it feel?

You’ll have the urge to habitually speed up but resist it with all your might.

You might find that you’re able to do more with less effort.
You might find that the work is actually enjoyable.
You might find that slowing down is a lot more productive.

Take it slow and enjoy the process.

You don’t have to rush to get things done.
You don’t have to be stressed out to get things done.
You don’t have to be anxious to get things done.

If you can relax while you’re working, you never have to work another day in your life again.

How to Handle Negative Thoughts.

When you feel like life isn’t treating you fairly, smile and let the thought go.
When you feel like giving up, smile and let the thought go.
When you feel lonely, smile and let the thought go.

Remember that these are just thoughts.

You can’t let them affect you unless you allow them to.

You’re always going to have bad and good thoughts and we can’t control how often or how much we’ll get them.

That’s okay.

We just need to recognize and acknowledge the bad ones and detach from them. Don’t let them affect you.

You always have a choice to make things better and only let the good thoughts affect you positively.

Counter that bad thought by thinking of a good one instead.
Counter that bad thought by getting up and getting some exercise.
Counter that bad thought by keeping yourself busy.

You don’t have to stay stuck in that negative state of mind.

Get up and do something about it because you CAN.

What You Need to be Truly Happy.

Laugh.

Even if it’s just one laughter. Laugh.

Go on to Youtube, watch a Mr. Bean clip and laugh.

Some of us live our lives not laughing as much as we should. Some of us go days without laughing and that’s just not right.

Laughing doesn’t just make us feel good and improve our mood, it also increases our resistance to diseases because our bodies increase production of immune cells and antibodies when we laugh.

So if you want to be happier, healthier and more productive, laugh.

Every night before you go to bed, watch a funny video on Youtube and laugh.

Don’t underestimate what the power of giggling can do to your body and overall well-being.

Live life to its fullest and laugh.