In driving and other aspects of our lives, we need to stay focused. But keeping focus can be difficult. We seem to have limited resources to maintain our full attention on something. Let’s take a look at a few strategies that can help us concentrate and stay focused on something.
One of the biggest enemies of focus is multitasking. While it may be tempting to feel that we are getting a lot of stuff accomplished at once, in reality multitasking affects our capacity to focus and makes us much less productive. When we believe we are doing things at the same time, we are in reality quickly switching between our tasks, which means that we are much less productive. It’s better to focus on one thing and then on another, as well as to remember that when we multitask, we are not truly focused on anything.
Train your mind
The ability to focus can be trained. When we make the effort to practice focus, it becomes easier for us to stay focused for longer. Training focus can mean simply trying to keep focus for short periods of time. For example, start by trying to maintain focus on your breathing or your tasks for five minutes to start. Then, increase the time as it becomes easier.
Focus on the process
Something that can help us focus more intently is to put the focus on the process rather than on the result. If we are focused on the result, we can get more distracted and tend to be less productive. Focusing on the process can help us stay concentrated on what we are doing now rather than on distractions.
Sometimes, the easiest way to focus is to minimize distractions. We can turn off the smartphone, lower the volume on the music, eat before starting work to avoid hunger as a distraction, and so on. Sometimes, minimizing distractions can be a useful strategy to help us focus.