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3 Ways To Get Your Focus Back

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Yoga Philosophy

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Do you believe yourself to be a multitasking master? Being on the internet and browsing trough your social media while simultaneously doing something else. We have all been there, smartphone in hand, and at the end of the day wondering what did I do today exactly and where did all the hours go. The truth is that we didn’t really accomplish anything and the multitasking in fact was harming our brain.

The most important thing in your life is how to stay focused. It is important to be absolutely clear of what your focus is in life. If you keep wandering around distracted and if you jump at every new thing that keeps popping up in your way you will ultimately loose your life. You will wake up one day and see that you are far from where you wanted to be and that your haven’t  accomplice what you wished for yourself.

Your focus creates your thought and you emotions. It is how you prioritizes and what drives everything in your life. If you lose your focus, in small things as well as in the big picture, the question is how do you get it back?

1. Train Your Brain With Yoga

We are not wired for multitasking. The human brain can not perform two tasks at the same time which requires high level of brain work. When you think you are multitasking you are just switching your focus from one task to another. When we think we are multitasking we are hit with dopamine, which feels lovely. We are instantly rewarded to keep switching like that in a dangerous loop that feels like we are accomplishing something.

Practicing Daharana, the sixth limb of the eight described in Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Dharana may be translated as “holding steady”, “concentration” or “single focus”. Training our brain to stay focused on one thing at a time is what we do when we concentrate on a mantra in mediation, on our ujjayi breath in the yoga practice or on the present moment in any mindfulness practice. It is crucial that we exercise our brain daily to hold a single pointed focus for a prolonged period of time.

2.  Make Fewer Decisions

When we need to make many decisions our brain get tired and we become less effective. Our will power weakens and we make the wrong decisions. We get distracted and it is easier to get distracted the more distracted and tired you are. We need to stop browsing. All the Twitter and Facebook posts becomes so addictive but if we stop browsing so much we can pay attention to what is important. Everything we do and click on has to be attentional, something that moves us forwards.

3. Define Your Intention And Your Mission In Life

We want to keep an “eye on the ball”, at all times. Acton with no attention will drive us away from our life’s mission, our dharma, and we will get lost. People that have to many projects at the same time fatigue themselves and never move forwards because they are not really clear on where they are going. With a clear mission in life you will progress and build a strong focus to help overcome obstacles in your way. You can have many different projects you want to engage in but remember to focus on one project at a time and one mayor task within that project at a time.

In todays digital age with non stop information at our fingertips in our smartphones we are challenged  to be smarter and more focused so let’s get back to simplicity, one thing at the time.

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