So how does the water get into the coconut? Did I lock my car? What time is it? Oh, crap its 8:15… I should get a new watch... Is my wrist swollen? What am I going to have for lunch? I want to eat healthy! I should start working out, but I’ll wait until Monday. I wonder if Christie in accounts payables has any donuts left. Why do donuts have holes? That’s a funny word, holes…or is it wholes? If something has holes, then it’s not whole? Maybe, it’s supposed to have holes for it to be whole… Oh boy, I’m starving. That pasta last night was amazing! Can’t wait to reheat that bad boy when I get home…I hope the kids don’t get to it first...It has ricotta, they don’t like ricotta…crap, I forgot to call Rick!
A wandering mind is a common and frustrating occurrence that leaves us unable to focus on the task at hand. Some different factors influence one’s cognitive functioning, including the ability to concentrate. As a result, the overall productivity suffers, and stress levels increase. Although frustrating, the problem is entirely manageable. I want to share with you two simple strategies that will help us refocus a wandering mind.
It isn’t wrong for our mind to wander, it is human. The ability to select when you let it wander is the key. I have found meditation to be a useful tool in bringing focus and acute attention to any specific topic I choose. I know what you are thinking…meditation…your mind immediately thinks of some guru, a room full of candles, dim lights and some humming sounds. That is what I thought, as well! However, the more I tried it, the more I realized how meditation allowed me to shut down external stimulants, that were jeopardizing my focus. Like any exercise, the more I do it, the better I get at identifying and blocking those thoughts that are trying to derail my focus.
Along with meditation, I found that limiting my focus allowed me to complete tasks quicker and improved the quality of my work. Efficiency from multitasking is a myth! We have a brain with billions of neurons and trillions of connections, but sadly, multitasking does not exist, at least not as we think about it. We instead switch tasks. Our brain chooses which information to process. For example, if you listen to speech, your visual cortex becomes less active, so when you talk on the phone to a client and work on your computer at the same time, you literally hear less of what the client is saying.
So, I invite you to incorporate meditation as part of your daily or weekly routine, as well as scaling back the number of items you focus on at a given time. In short order, you will develop the ability to drown out the noise and begin to focus on the things you need to get done!
Now I gotta get home before the kids eat my pasta!!!!! lol
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