#058: How to Create More Mental Focus [Podcast]

Though we live in a very exciting time in history, it is filled with distractions. Regardless, you and I still have to get real work done. That requires focus.

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But what if mental focus is not something you either have or don’t have? What if it’s something you could create, on-demand, whenever you need it?

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Here are ten tactics I use to create more mental focus when I need it:

  1. Block off time on your calendar.
  2. Isolate yourself in a quiet place.
  3. Turn the room temperature down.
  4. Get comfortable.
  5. Take email and social media software offline.
  6. Put on music that helps facilitate concentration.
  7. Have something on-hand to drink.
  8. Avoid high glycemic carbohydrates.
  9. Set mini-goals.
  10. Set a timer and take predetermined breaks.

In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce yet precious commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it.

Listener Questions

Alex Barker asked, “How do you regain mental focus after a long day at work and then with the family?”

Joseph Consford asked, “How do I keep from getting side-tracked from rabbit trails of my own making?”

Paul Hunt asked, “How do I keep my mental focus on the project at hand when I really would rather be working on something else?”

Sharad Verma asked, “How do you focus when you are forced to multi-task?”

Timothy Moser asked, “Do you have any tips for increasing focus when trying to read in the midst of distractions?”

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