“And…Back in the Room!”

You know when your attention drifts and you jump around from topic to topic, feeling like there’s something you’ve forgotten? Even before we had the plethora of distractions that the internet offers us, maintaining focus has always been an issue. But now with the world literally at our fingertips, it’s harder than ever to cut the distractions and get back to our core focus.

time management focusWhen our focus wanders and we get distracted, we lose the opportunity to make meaningful progress. Now, sometimes it’s actually really important to follow your creative musings around – that can lead to wonderful inspiration and breakthroughs.

But when it’s just your monkey mind jumping around, it’s a distraction that robs you of your dreams because you don’t get the work done that you need to. The day passes in a haze and before you know it, you’ve lost hours down some internet rabbit-hole, completely forgetting your to-do list and wasting your precious time! (Yep, I’ve been there too; I think we all have!)

Choose your focus and you choose your future – that is why it’s so key.

So, I wanted to share a few tips and ideas with you on getting your focus back.

Firstly – the title of this post “And… back in the room!” is a gentle reminder I sometimes use to get myself back on task when I notice my brain whizzing off on a tangent. Sometimes a physical action like shaking your head or clapping your hands together can help interrupt that distraction so you can get back to your focus.

Secondly, I find it’s really helpful to clear my mind first thing. For years I’ve done Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages exercise – 3 pages of longhand writing on paper, stream of consciousness, first thing in the morning. It’s like a detox for your brain, it’s great. It gets all those petty little moans and concerns out of the way and it creates space for insights and inspiration to arise. Incredibly valuable.

Thirdly – vision and affirmations. Remind yourself every day (or as frequently as you can) of the vision that you’re working towards, and reinforce your belief that it’s already happening by repeating your affirmations every day. It keeps it all front of mind so that when you start to wander off down an Alice in Wonderland kind of path, your awareness will pull you back – reminding you what’s at stake.

Fourthly – help yourself with simple practical techniques like a daily to-do list. Keep it short, and have another list of ‘nice to have’ items that you’ll get to if you get chance.

Fifth – remember to keep nurturing yourself and taking care of yourself. ┬áIf you’re getting burnt out, it gets harder to keep your focus and you can get trapped in that ‘must work harder!’ punishing kind of pressure – this is actually the time to take a breather. Walk away, take a moment to regroup, have a short break and come back with a fresh perspective. Self-care is not optional – if you neglect yourself, you’re neglecting the most important asset of your business (and indeed life!). Look after yourself.

Sixth – if what’s distracting you is ruminating over something someone said or did, or perhaps replaying something you said or did and you’re wondering if you caused offence/ did something wrong / whatever… then a great way to lay that to rest is to clear and forgive. Forgive yourself, forgive the other person, forgive the situation – the whole nine yards. Even though it’s a bit woo-woo, I love the Ho’oponopono technique – it’s pretty amazing and you can use it for all kinds of things. (More details in Joe Vitale’s books)Screenshot 2017-01-26 11.30.15

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