It’s one of the questions I get asked ALL.THE.TIME: “Adelia, how do I increase focus and get centered?” because yes, concentrating is not easy, but there are some principles I’ve found that certainly help you achieve your own successes in anything you do—after honing your natural ability to let go of your conflicting emotions.
Today, I want to give you 5 ways you can do to increase focus and get centered to have the life you love.
But before we jump into that, what exactly is “focus” in relation to your success?
Here’s the thing. Being focused is the ability to engage yourself in activities that have a purpose. Being focused on one thing for a certain period allows you to do a better quality of work and more work gets done quicker. #alltheideas flow easier and this state allows you to be happier. So if you’re not able to focus on one thing for a certain period of time, we have a problem. We gotta figure that out.
Are you focused and present, or are you mentally running through your to-do list, thinking about email replies, and debating whether to spend your weekend at your parents to help them clean up the house or take a nap, while also catching up with someone on Facebook?
You’re not alone.
We wake up in the morning, snooze our alarms, but then we remember to check our phones, letting texts swirl around in our brains before we even brush our teeth. We’re rushing out the door to send the kids to school and get to work. As we’re driving, we keep thinking about the report we should complete by Friday, but suddenly we remember about the grocery list. And what’s for lunch, anyway? Immediately, your mouth water when you think of food!
BE IN THE FLOW
What we call a sense of focus has also been described as “flow”. Engaging in an experience that produces “flow” is so gratifying that people are willing to do it to feel happier.
Most of the time, we don’t allow ourself to fall in love with the present moment. We have one thought after the other, and they don’t seem to be related to each other. It feels so hard for us to keep on track and stay focus. We are anything but centered and focused.
Now whether you’re already being able to focus and completing one task at a time and hitting your goals quicker, or if you’re thinking of multitasking and actually working slower, my heart hear is that these tips serve you.
STEP NUMBER 1: AVOID MULTITASKING
One thing for sure: if I spend too much time in my head, I am so susceptible to feeling down on myself.
Mental clutter negatively affecting our peace of mind. Sometimes we have trouble concentrating because we feel overwhelmed, and things are just too big to handle, so we resist doing it at all.
That’s because we barely have time to stop. Most of the time, our minds are busy and scattered. We’re rehashing the past, we’re worrying about the future, and we’re trying to do everything at once. And we’re wondering why it isn’t working.
Any type of mental clutter can slow you down and hamper your productivity. Multitasking might be the biggest culprit when it comes to leaving confusion in your minds. Studies have shown that the human brain can only handle two complicated tasks. Adding a third task increase the number of mistakes you make. And mental clutter keeps you from thinking straight. It interrupts your attention and keeps you from focusing on your work and goals. And fighting this, which we invariably do, only makes the minds busier and more scattered.
In times like these, focus on doing just a small piece of the job and don’t worry about the rest. As you continue completing the small pieces, eventually you will complete the entire project as well.
STEP NUMBER 2: DO THIS HOLISTIC RELEASE
So, how do you declutter your mind?
The opposite of mental clutter is presence. Simply watching the movements of thoughts in your mind and doing nothing else will help you get calm and centered.
You can take this further by doing a holistic release. Holistic Releasing is based on the premise that everything the mind experiences, whether real or imagined, arises in pairs. With this perception of duality, if we have right, we also have wrong. If we have good, we also have bad. If we have love, we have hate. And If we have pain, we also have pleasure. If we have happy, we have sad.
If we welcome both sides of any of these pairs, the polarities will actually dissolve each other. And you’re left with greater awareness of the freedom and presence that you are.
When you find yourself busy and scattered, do this:
Allow your mind to be as busy and as noisy as it is.
Allow yourself to be as calm and as focused as you are.
As you go back and forth, you discover the busyness or the noise is replaced by focus and centeredness. This technique has been so helpful to support the mind to refocus.
Speaking of helpful, before you run off and start doing this, I have a free guided audio you need to help you increase focus and get centered. It includes letting go of negative emotions because one of the things that works to be happier and achieve your own successes is to make peace with emotion. Grab that at the link below to untangle your mind without getting frustrated.
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STEP NUMBER 3: LET GO OF YOUR CONFLICTING EMOTIONS
The biggest distraction from focus for most people is their internal mental noise and internal conflicting emotions. The busier you are inside, the less focused you are outside, and the harder it is to concentrate.
Just know that every time you feel unfocused and scattered, you can always release that. Every time you need to tap the power of courageousness, you can call on that energy by doing this release using the free guided audio you’ve downloaded. Letting go not only can help you to turn them off but actually get rid of them for good. The simplest way to clear your mind and to refocus on the task at hand is to allow yourself to welcome whatever thoughts or feelings you are having in this moment and set them free as best you can. You’ll learn to live in the present and become free to just be immersed in the moment right now.
STEP NUMBER 4: TAKE A BREAK
Here’s the deal. You have to learn how to rest and work.
I discovered that taking a break to be the tool for loving yourself. Many of us are struggling with how to take a break with ease. We live in a world that believes that it’s always necessary to take action, rushing through this moment in order to get to the next. We are busy seeking, striving, pushing, pulling, trying to fix or change, or just looking away from the truth of what we are. What have we done to ourselves?
One of the simplest and most direct ways of interrupting this pattern is to simply stop. That’s right — just stop. Taking a break, a pause, a stop, is an option for us to step back and get in touch with ourself. If you allow your mind to take a break after it’s been concentrating for a while, it will support you better.
Here’s what I recommend you do. Going for a quick walk, doing some quick releases, or chatting with a friend is often just what you need to get back on track.
STEP NUMBER 5: WRITE DOWN YOUR TASKS
It’s going to be a lot easier if you know what you’re going to do and have a paint-by-number approach. One formula I learned to increase focus and get centered and I’ve put to work myself is writing down the tasks.
Get a notepad and jot down everything you need to get done today. Just writing down the things that you need to do will help you put them to rest for now so you can concentrate on the job at hand. And if you want to go further, use The Sedona Method to release on the action steps that you’ve written down. Releasing will help you even more to have a clearer, calmer and more focused mind.
This formula helps you stay on task, not go on a tangent.
Again, just a reminder, be in the moment. Concentration and living in the present go hand in hand because if you’re truly living in the moment, the ONLY thing you focus on is that very moment. Suddenly your thoughts about the past or the future no longer seem as important as what is here, now.