How To Focus In The Age of Distraction

Sometimes in life, it's a wise choice to simply throw caution aside and allow yourself to blow with the wind, carelessly & effortlessly, as present as possible. When it comes to strengthening one's focus and productivity methods, this is not one of those times. In an attempt to grasp time as it passes, you must be deliberate and strategic to see real results.

One particular description of the idea of “focus” in verb format that we love just a little more than others, is this interpretation by Oxford Languages in which they reimagine focus as  “(of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly”. We love how poetically put that version of the definition is placed, reminding us that focusing is sometimes not just about what we don’t see, minimizing the noise around us, but also what we see now instead now that we are able to gain clarity in our sight. Have you noticed how when you truly get lost in something, it almost feels like a trance? Time moves slowly and the world around you begins to have dreamy qualities. It’s a state of mind that can only be entered by being weightless, formless and going within, as this is not something that can be forced.

When attempting to focus, it’s important to quiet the mind first. Of course, this may be nearly impossible if you're inundated with stimuli from each and every angle that you turn, but it’s crucial to take a small step to enact this. By simply closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and giving yourself ten full seconds of silence, you’d be amazed at just how easy it can be to reboot your short circuiting.

 

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Now, in order to maximize the retraining of your habits and neural pathways, you must approach it with the healthiest elements. This means that you absolutely must force yourself to get sleep, rest and put as much value and worth on your downtime as you do your hustle. So, when it comes to neural pathways, this is the sweet spot that seems quite difficult, but might just make the difference of you being stuck in patterns for a lifetime. “What is a neural pathway? In brief, a neural pathway is a series of connected neurons that send signals from one part of the brain to another. Neurons come in three main types: motor neurons that control muscles; sensory neurons that are stimulated by our senses; and inter-neurons that connect neurons together” as researched by Great Minds Clinic UK.

The intersection between focus and making our neural pathways work in our favor lies in the retraining and reconditioning of our mind. Despite this seeming impossibly complicated, we can attempt to simplify it for ourselves with a simple method of replacing a bad thought or habit with a good one. Each time that you’re distracted and your attention shifts elsewhere, it’s time to not feel defeated and simply realign yourself. This may take several rounds and begin to feel completely impossible, but you’ll soon find yourself with better methods, better results and a more peaceful sleep at the end of the day.