Do you have a problem with focus? I know that this is a likely “yes” for a highly sensitive person! We can be easily distracted by our thoughts, emotions, or something in our environment. It doesn’t take much for us to get off track.
Random thoughts, family, economic, personal problems, chaotic situations, or even just our curiosity compete for our attention. Can we filter out some things and focus on others? We can with the right mindset. Here are some suggestions:
- Determine why you want to focus on something. Why is it important to you? Is this the best use of your time at this moment? The more reasons you can give yourself for moving this to the top of your priority list, the more motivated you’ll be to stayed focused.
- If you feel that your focus is waning, examine your energy level. Concentrating takes the mental effort, and fatigue is an arch enemy of focus. Get more rest, have a healthy snack, or tackle this project when your mind is clearer.
- Are you bored? If so, your attention span requires even more effort and willpower. Highly sensitive people are deep thinkers and can become easily bored when something seems trivial or mundane. Remind yourself of the benefits of getting this done. Eliminate distractions, and set small goals so you can feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Be honest with yourself as to whether you’re happier being a starter or a finisher. Your strength might be to start projects and have other people finish them. Can you delegate tasks to someone else, or hire someone to help you? Or perhaps you’re better at finishing and maintaining the projects of others. This is important for you to determine. Too many unfinished projects put an unnecessary burden on your ability to focus.
- Put yourself in your best environment to concentrate. Do you need a quiet and uncluttered space? What time of day to you have the most energy? What else can you do to prevent distractions?
- Build in breaks for your focus time. For most of us, concentration drops off after twenty to thirty minutes. To re-energize yourself, stretch or take a short walk.
Do you have a problem with focus? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.