Focus. A simple word that many of us struggle to achieve. Most people suffer from similar issues – distractions, the feeling of being pulled in multiple directions and a constant need for stimulants to keep yourself moving. The coffee addiction is real!
So, what is the secret? What allows some people to stay focused on one task until completion, while others jump around and end up with a sub-par result? Here are some ideas of how to get your mind set up to be a task-completing machine.
Plan your Day and Stick to the Plan!
Rather than waking up early to get your brain wrapped around the long list of daily tasks, make a list before bed of the hardest, most urgent tasks. Focus on these “big rocks” rather than collecting pebbles through the day.
Many of us wake up and go straight to our phones. We get distracted by new emails and messages, quickly losing control of our day. Take back control at those moments. Check for any urgent matters and, if there aren’t any, get back to your primary tasks. You can return to those messages once you’ve completed the big rocks.
Want to get even further ahead? Map out your coming week on a Sunday to have a good idea of what is to come. New to scheduling? Use an app like Google Calendar (works great on Android and IOS) or Apple Calendar if you’re more about IOS versions.
Schedule an Hour for the Pebbles
Just because you focus on those big rocks we mentioned, doesn’t mean you ignore the smaller pebbles. Try to find an hour to go through those less dire emails and messages. This will help to stop you going back and forth between the big rocks and pebbles, never actually completing either one. But, don’t let yourself get stuck longer than you’ve scheduled on the pebbles.
Mute Your Notifications
As great as technology is for staying connected with clients, friends and family, it can be a massive intrusion. It may sound obvious but keeping outside distractions muted is key. Do your best to remove distractions, even if this means setting up your emails to auto-respond during your peak focus times.
Sleep Your Way to Better Focus
This one can be a vicious circle. You’ve got deadlines to meet and you can’t focus. You fall behind, so what does this lead to? Late nights trying to catch-up. The problem is, the further we dive into sleep loss, the greater the effect it has. Our ability to make decisions, memory retention, creativity and problem-solving all rely on getting good sleep. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. If this is something you’re struggling with, take a look at our blog on how to get a better sleep.
Add Some CBD to Your Routine
Want an easy way to increase your focus in a matter of seconds? It can be as simple as a few sprays under the tongue! CBD is a natural product, so you can count on it to give you better focus without the side effects that can come with other supplements. Unlike caffeine, you don’t have to worry about the crash later that day. As an added bonus, you don’t have to keep paying for coffees all day!
CBD supports your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which helps balance your body’s hormone levels. Add in the benefit of terpenes (aromatic compounds in hemp) and you get a synergistic benefit called “the entourage effect”. This pairing increases the therapeutic effects of CBD.
As with every supplement, make sure you choose a CBD oil that’s as safe and pure as possible. Always look for third-party lab reports to check it’s not riddled with heavy metals, pesticides, harmful substances or THC. These will foil your attempts to focus! PURE 100 CBD uses FERA Science, one of the leading UK government-approved third party labs, to test our CBD. This ensures market leading CBD oil you can trust.