It’s easy to be pulled in a thousand different directions when you have responsibilities. You have deadlines at work, kids to raise, a house to manage, a marriage to keep up with, nevermind trying to keep yourself together. When all of your responsibilities are playing tug-of-war with you, you can become extremely stressed. Life can come at you with a myriad of duties that you have and you can easily start to lose sight of what’s most important to you. More importantly, you become extremely overwhelmed. Mindful focus helps to alleviate that stress. I have five tips to share with you about how to practice mindful focus and be more mindfully focused throughout your life.
Mindful Focus Is A Practice
Your ability to build mindful focus is a practice. It’s the same as building a muscle. You’re going to have to work at it. It is work, and it’s practice, but just like building a muscle, as you get stronger, you reap the rewards of your labor. It is strenuous, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Once you come to terms with the fact that this is going to be work, you must practice it every day, every hour, and, if possible, every minute.
Clarification of Your Desires
Next, you should get clear on what you want. What do you want in life? Figure that out, then write it down. Leave the piece of paper in a place you can read it daily.
Be Cutthroat with Your Time
Once you know what you want, you have to be cutthroat with your time. Focus your time on achieving your goals. Where you invest your time, you invest your life. You have to be focused and cutthroat with your time to be mindfully focused.
Celebrate and Reward Yourself
As you achieve your goals in your life, make sure that you celebrate and reward yourself. Rewarding yourself is essential when accomplishing small things and big things alike.
Create a Routine
The last tip is to start a morning and an evening routine. Routines help you to stay focused on your goals. Every morning, make sure that you are thinking about and writing down what you’re grateful for and what your goal is for the day. And every evening, make sure that you’re thinking about and writing down the thing that you’re grateful for and what you did that day to achieve your goal and what you’ll do the next day to achieve your goal.
I encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now to plan your morning and evening routines. We only make progress when we make plans. Take 5 minutes to think about and write down what your morning and evening routines should look like. Remember, your morning and evening routine don’t have to be long. They can really take less than five minutes. Taking the steps to plan today can help bring you one step closer being mindfully focused throughout your life.
For more self-care tips check out, How to Create Good Habits.
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