Life: Improving Focus When Your Busy

Picture this – you’re super busy at work, trying to focus and get stuff done, but your mind is so scattered and you want to escape to a little island.  Sound familiar?

For us, last week flew by and honestly, it was a little nuts trying to find a home for an event that is happening in a month.  Yes – you read correctly…in one month.  We were heading down one path and the client decided they wanted us to investigate another avenue.  This kind of thing happens more often than not.  Crazy I know.

We had to hunker down and seriously focus on the task at hand.  Selfishly, I wish I would have come across this article on My Domaine earlier in the week.  It definitely would have helped!  As you start your week, hopefully it will help you.

To sum it up, the article suggests:

Prolong your attention span by instituting “tech-free” times.  I really like this idea because lately (especially in the early morning or late at night) I feel like I’m spending way too much time mindlessly scrolling instagram, checking facebook and catching up on the latest headlines on the Wall Street Journal.

Reduce mind clutter by focusing on small actions.  I’m a huge fan of doing a major brain dump and get everything out of my head and onto paper.  Once it’s all written down, things don’t seem as overwhelming and I can attack the tasks that need to get done.  It also helps so you don’t feel like your constantly jumping between projects.

Be in the moment and make your meals mindful.  How many of you have been so busy that you haven’t eaten or you go and grab the quickest thing.  I bet that quick grab wasn’t the healthiest food choice either.  I’ve been making a point of prepping my lunches so all I have to do is grab it out of the fridge, pop it in the microwave and voila – a healthy meal.

Improve focus by creating a later list.  I love this idea.  Kinda falls within in brain dump list.  How many of you have so many tabs open in your browser?  I’m going to be honest, right now I have 10 plus the one I’m working in.  This strategy suggests that when your mind wanders and you think of something to check out – write it down on your “later list.”  Don’t stop what you’re doing and open a browser, if you do, then you just went down the rabbit hole and who knows how long you will be there.  I’m going to try this one!

Reduce stress by starting your day with something inspiring.  How do you start your day?  I have gotten better at putting my phone on “do not disturb” so dings aren’t the first thing I hear in the morning. However, when I wake up, I do have a tendency grab the phone, check email and instagram.  I need to change this one.

Be sure to check out the article because they have even more tips.  I’m going to implement these into my life.  Let me know if they work for you or if you have other ideas.  I’d love to hear!

 

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Caryl Lyons

Managing Partner
With a love for design, her signature style infuses everyday life into events. Her philosophy is to create an experience with food, color, music and interior design. You won't see just a pen and pad at one of her events.
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