3 Ways To Focus

I’m currently trying to train my dog to not be distracted by things like other dogs, random things on the sidewalk, and moving cars. I have found that cheese works well. I’ll put cheese in front of his nose and then move it to the side while saying “focus” hoping he’ll lift his eyes and fix them on me and not the cheese.

As I was doing this the other day I realized how much I’m like my dog sometimes. Distracted by cheese and thoughts that drift in and out like moving cars. When really, I ought to be focusing on the truth.

In today’s world there are so many distractions. Instead of random things on the ground, it’s our phones, comparison, lies and negativity. It does not help that we have an 8-second attention span, less than your average goldfish. So how can we take time to focus? Here are a few ideas.

  1. 15 minutes a day

    Can you spend 15 minutes a day without your phone? I did this for one year in 2017. I made sure to intentionally set apart 15 minutes to turn my phone on airplane mode and hide it somewhere like my glove compartment. 15 minutes is about 1% of the day. Or to be specific, 14.4 minutes, or 14 minutes and 24 seconds. And it’s a really great way to pause and be still in the midst of everything going on.

  2. Top Three

    I found it helpful to establish your top three values and top three priorities. It’s so easy to be pulled in so many directions but what is really important to you? At the end of the day, what are those three things you really want to get done? And how are your top three values going to shape your decisions and actions?

  3. Read to Remember

    The other day I was reading but it was in a different way, I wasn’t just skimming and flipping around as I usually do. I was reading slowly and taking it all in and wanting to remember all the words because they were so good. We live in a world of information overload and we may have become conditioned to reading things quickly. To focus, take some time to read carefully and thoroughly. You can even reflect on how what you just read can be applied in your everyday. You can also use your Inner Bully Journal to write down your truths and then read those slowly. Read them to remember.

Speaking from personal experience, I know that going through negativity or bullying can make it hard to focus. When I went through bullying in middle school and college I became so wrapped up in what other people thought of me and it felt so overwhelming. So whatever you’re going through today, I hope you can remain focused on who you are and what’s important. Focus on that. Focus on the truth today, friend.

Andi Long