5 Tips To Become Incredibly Focused And Disciplined
Can an undated planner be the key to improving focus? It’s becoming increasingly challenging to focus, and we largely have the internet and our multitude of gadgets to thank for that!
How can you build the kind of self-discipline that other people have? Discipline is critical to career success, so are there tricks to help you become more self-disciplined? There are. Here are five ways to help yourself become Incredibly focused and self-disciplined than you are now.
Build your mind-muscle
Are you investing time in building good muscle tone in your mind?
Thinking you’re ‘built’ to be forgetful or ditzy is a fallacy. It’s possible to carry out regular mental exercises to achieve a state of 100% concentration when required.
Mind muscle building doesn’t have to be yoga, meditation or smartphone puzzles either. It can be things you do daily to improve your ability to focus, like observing things from the train window, or systematically following complex recipes.
Freestyle your list-making
An undated planner lets you create work and household to-do lists that you systematically attack. Getting everything down on paper – from your meal plan to your work commitments – also frees your brain of ‘clutter’.
Keep your hand busy
Your undated planner could include a section for random scribbles. This is not time wasted. Cognitive performance can be improved by keeping your hands busy with doodling. It’s great stress relief and kills boredom.
If you put down random words or sketches linked to a task, your recollection and productivity improve.
How hot are you?
The temperature in the room impacts on your ability to focus. You can start to noticeably wilt if you get warm.
Cold can help concentration, according to an ergonomics study done by Cornell University. Keeping the thermometer lower reduces mistakes and makes us more productive.
Ears turn your brain on
Sound has a crucial impact on your level of distraction too. This is not just about listening to gossiping colleagues, or wondering why your boss is yelling down the phone.
Your brain is busy processing sensory input all the time. Often, we don’t realize how much of our ‘bandwidth’ go on sorting auditory input. Even the tapping on your own keyboard is being processed and categorized. If you’re struggling to concentrate you might need to drink more water, find out what other symptoms of dehydration you need to look out for here.
To improve concentration, manage your sound environment. This could include lobbying the boss for earphones to dampen sound or listen to music. Music stimulates emotions and positive hormones, which in turn help us to learn and remember more.
Soothing music provides a pattern to follow too, for both boredom relief and cognitively stimulating.
Still with us? Great, another exercise in the concentration completed!