Healthy Habits to Help You Stay Focused

Updated: Feb 24, 2021


Get in the Zone

There’s some level of truth to the saying that you can do anything you put your mind to. If you put all of your energy and focus into a certain task or goal, then you’re more likely to accomplish it. People have described the feeling of focus as being “in the zone” or experiencing a state of “flow.” That’s because better focus makes you more productive, creative, and effective overall. The ability to stay focused is an essential skill for workplace success—regardless of what you do. In this lesson, you’ll explore the two main factors that influence your ability to stay focused. You’ll then learn a handful of healthy habits to improve your focus—and, in turn, your performance and productivity.


What Is Focus and Why Might You Struggle to Stay Focused?


Focus describes your ability to pay attention to a particular activity or topic. It’s what allows you to concentrate on a task until it’s complete or think about a problem until it’s resolved. While most people have little trouble focusing on an activity or topic for a short time, many people struggle to sustain their focus over a long period. Why is that? Many factors can interfere with your ability to stay focused. Most of those factors can be grouped into two categories: physical and mental—or body and mind.


The Body-Mind Connection


The most effective way to improve your focus is to take a holistic approach. For example, even if you remove all external distractions, you’ll likely still struggle to focus if you’re operating on three hours of sleep and an empty stomach. Likewise, you may be in the best physical health, but you still won’t be able to focus if you can’t clear your mind of stray anxieties and thoughts. That’s why the following sections will give you specific tips for supporting your body and your mind to achieve greater focus and attention.


 

Focus takes energy and effort. Your brain may struggle to stay focused if you’re not taking care of your body or giving it the resources it needs to operate at its best.

 

Focus requires you to think deeply about one thing—and block out everything else. Your mind may struggle to focus if it’s noisy with unrelated thoughts, worries, or competing priorities and external distractions.

 

The Body-Mind Connection

The most effective way to improve your focus is to take a holistic approach. For example, even if you remove all external distractions, you’ll likely still struggle to focus if you’re operating on three hours of sleep and an empty stomach. Likewise, you may be in the best physical health, but you still won’t be able to focus if you can’t clear your mind of stray anxieties and thoughts. That’s why the following sections will give you specific tips for supporting your body and your mind to achieve greater focus and attention.


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