Finer Strengths for the Mindfulness Process
If you are here, you want to concentrate as much time as you need during your day’s tasks. Bad habits are common and have a hard time: be multitasking, be on the net constantly, jump from one task to another without finishing the first oneand even if you miraculously get to focus, you do not need a pop-up, a mobile ringtone or a Facebook notification to ruin your efforts in an instant.
The ability to focus is a complex skill to acquire. If you really want to improve your attention and concentration skills, you need to find out where your weaknesses are. In general, your concentration problems are linked to, for example, inadequate or inappropriate motivation, a distracting environment, a tired body or an uncomfortable position, to parasitic thoughts.
Many are victims of the disease “multitasking and the short attention span”, a modern disease related to our way of life filled with distractions. The mindfulness course helps them out.
What’s the secret?
Focusing requires good habits, and these do not have to rely on motivation or will, but to use the environment to get there.
Here are the important points to stay focused:
Start step by step, but grouped in series
Concentration is a skill that normally takes a lot of time and effort to be developed. However, creating a series of small steps related to your current goal will help you move much faster than throwing you with a vague idea of what you want to do.
The point here is to tie your tasks to doing something you already do (lunch / brushing your teeth / going home from work), it will be easier for you to integrate them into your daily routine.
Choose your trigger intelligently
To anchor a series of repetitive tasks into your daily routine, you need to include it in a virtuous circle that will push you to do it again. For this it is necessary that these 3 elements are present:
Because when you are very busy, stressed, with a flush of daisies, it is difficult to respect your decision to change your usual behavior to include the task at hand.
That’s why you need a signal. The most useful signals are those based on your environment. A signal is the action the ritual that will push you to start the series of tasks. For example, imagine that you want to send a daily report by mail. For this you will need a computer, so the action of sitting at your desk can serve as a trigger for “enter concentration mode”.
Choose a signal, the first logical action in your task that is hard to miss or forget. If you feel the need you can also change the layout of your equipment, or use accessories as a trigger for your actions. It may be turning on your computer, taking a pen, sitting in a certain place or having a coffee.
If you also find it difficult to remember what to do before you get to work, write it on your calendar. If you plan your tasks in advance (which I strongly recommend you do), add a small note on your smartphone or on a visible post-it, to remind you to check your list of tasks. So you will remember immediately what to do.