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The 5 Focusing Strategies You Need to Finish the Year on a High

Written by Chris Lawrence

Is it just me or does it feel like as soon we hit the start of December we start to get a bit shocked as to how little time there is left in the year.

On one hand we are relieved that 2020 is nearly finished as it has been one of the more difficult years, for me it has anyway, I would also assume this is the case for many.

On the other hand the stress and urgency hits us when we start to realise there are only 3 weeks until Christmas and still so much to get done.

‘The year is nearly done and I have 10 weeks worth of work to get done’

‘I haven’t achieved the things I want to this year and the year is nearly over’

Who has had these thoughts in their head? I know I have!

So how do we stay focused and stop the stress of all the external distractions and thoughts in our head so we can finish the year on a high?

I have the answer for that, through 5 simple strategies to sharpen your mind and increase neural activity and focus.

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1) Don’t look at emails or social media for the 1st hour you wake up in the morning

How often do we wake up, roll over, grab our phones and then go straight to our emails and social media? I know I was guilty of this for a long time!

However straight away this starts your day full of distractions, it takes you away from having clarity and a focus on what you want to achieve that day.

You want your body to be an air conditioner not a thermometer.

What I mean by that is you want to set the temperature or the mood or focus for your body and mind. Like an air conditioner sets the temperature.

You don’t want to be a thermometer which reacts to the environment. This is what your phone does in the morning, your body and mind have an immediate reaction when you open your emails or open social media.

So set the tone for the morning and get a small win before you are distracted by the external noise that awaits from your emails and social media.

2) Brush your teeth with the opposite hand

This seems really silly, however Jim Kwik who is the brain and memory coach to movie stars, top performing CEOs and business owners swears by it.

The latest science shows there is a mind body connection, that your thoughts affect your body and your body affects your mind also. So using your body in certain ways actually activates different parts of the brain. The same can be applied for eating with the opposite hand .

A study conducted at Oxford University showed that jugglers have bigger brains. Learning to juggle actually enhances connections in the brain.

Oxford University study – https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2009-10-12-juggling-enhances-connections-brain

So performing small tasks like this or new learnings actually stimulates new neural connections in the brain which can increase your focus and clarity.

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3) Exercise

This again is so simple it is someone everyone knows.

‘A lot of people know what they need to do, but do they do what they know’

Exercise gets the endorphins flowing in the body and instantly boosts your energy and mood.

If you have an important meeting or presentation and you have to be on your A – game then exercise is a must!

People will be more drawn to the level of your energy and passion rather than the depth of your knowledge.

I can notice a massive difference in my focus and clarity on the days I don’t exercise. I use this as one of motivations when I have a big day ahead and need to be focused and on my game. I know if I don’t exercise then I won’t be at my best.

4) Brain Foods

There are foods which detract from your focus like processed foods, but there are certain foods which are really good for your brain.

The top 10 foods to introduce into your diet to support the health of your brain include…

1 – Avocado
2 – Blueberries
3 – Broccoli
4 – Coconut oil 
5 – Eggs
6 – Leafy greens
7 – Salmon
8 – Tumeric
9 – Walnuts
10 – Dark chocolate
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5) Mindfulness

Mindfulness training is very important in order to have focus and clarity of mind and to be able to solve problems you need to go into the alpha brain wave states.

There are a number of ways to practice mindfulness training which include…

– Guided breathing techniques
– Visualisation
– Meditation
– Journaling

The technique I use is a breathing technique based on the teachings of the Wim Hof Method. For me this is performed in the morning and gets me focusing on nothing but my breath. This ability to train this skill is actually important when I need to refocus my attention on one particular thing throughout the day.

So they are 5 steps so now it is about action!

So pick 2 of these strategies that you can implement right away and give it a try for a week. You will be amazed at the results in just a week.

I would love to hear how you go!

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