How to Increase Concentration and Focus on Your Business
Do you ever find your mind wandering whenever you sit down to work on your business? I know I have. It’s bad enough that your spouse is off at work and you’re stuck at home with the laundry, the baby, the dishes, and carpool duty so this time is very valuable to getting things going… However, now that you have that moment of freetime all you can think about is getting all those other little things done. Gosh, I hate it when that happens. Well, today you’re in luck, because I am going to share some secret life hacks to getting things done, and more importantly, how to increase concentration and focus in on your business. Ready? Let’s dive in.
Shut it Off!
Shut what off you’re probably asking? I think you know what I’m talking about. Shut off that little handheld computer that doubles as a phone, at the very least put it on vibrate and put it on the opposite side of the room. While we’re at it, go ahead and shut down Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatever your bad habit is (I promise it will still be there later). As a matter of fact, if you’re on a Mac, I highly recommend this cool little app called SelfControl that lets you set the amount of time you want to block a site or sites and turn it on, but once it’s on it is on and you can’t get access until time is up. Unless you are making content and uploading to these sights as an income producing activity or are doing the old networking thing online, then they need to go off for a bit so you can do what needs to be done.
Clean it Up!
Now I’m going after your foul mouth, just kidding. That’s between you and the Lord, and has little to due with how to increase concentration. I’m talking about your work space. Where are you at? Are you in an office, at a kitchen table, some other place? Regardless of where your working spot is, one of the keys to getting yourself to work is to tidy your workspace up a little. Grab your favorite cleaner and wipe the dust off and put away the junk and the books cluttering up your desk. The goal here is that this micro-action gets you warmed up for the task at hand and in a working mindset.
Drop a Beat!
Binaural Beats that is. Grab your Bose headphones and turn you on some binaural music. This is perhaps one of the very hidden things I don’t share with others who struggle with working on their business. Part of the reason is that it does not work for everyone at first, or that’s what they think. Studies have shown that select frequency waves, when played, can affect our mood and improve mental focus. If I’m to teach you how to increase concentration, and you are hoping to get things done, then you’ve got to do this one every time and use it. I came across this during a semester at seminary and it was an intense semester where I literally just could not focus or get things done, binaural beats really got me over that slump and helped to produce some of the best work I’ve ever composed as to when I didn’t use it. I’m sure you’ll experience similar results.
Oh the Smells!
That’s right, I’m talking about your teenagers dirty laundry (no not really). My final tip for you on how to increase concentration is the element of smell. Believe it or not smells can be a great motivator for focus and concentration, or a complete turn-off if you don’t have the right ones. So, while I guess I’m only half joking about your teenagers laundry, it could very well give you the worst headache or even make you sick distracting you from the business at hand. One of the best ways I know to give you a focus boost however is through the use of essential oils. My very favorite for increasing concentration is rosemary, and I’ll caution you that if you use it you want to do so in the morning or early afternoon (before 3pm) or you could be up all night.
The best way to use an essential oil for increasing concentration is through aromatic use. This can be done a number of ways: (1) cupping, put 1-2 drops in your hand and rub together three times and place over your nose and breath, (2) diffusing, through ultrasonic cold-water or atomizing diffusers (never heat an essential oil), (3) inhaler, it kinda looks like an old Vicks™ tube, but instead has a cotton wick inside that you drop the oils onto and then put inside and stiff. Oils and diffusers are best ordered online. The essential oils you typically find in the store are not true essential oils and lack the chemical components to help with your concentration, so please avoid those.
My Favorite Essential Oil Blends for How to Increase Concentration
Until Next Time,