Mar 272020
 

Manage Your Attention, Not Your Time

So many stimuli compete for your attention each day that by the end of it, your brain feels like scrambled eggs. You can prevent that from happening by being more conscious of how you divide your attention over specific tasks. Here are three ways to keep your focus flowing.

5 Habits That Turn Off Negative Thinking

Negative thoughts only affect you if you give them power. But all too often they catch your attention and disturb your effectiveness. But you have the ability to turn that around and reduce their damage. You have control over your mind, and this article gives you some direction on how to take charge.

Impostor Syndrome: Why Success Makes You Feel Like A Fraud

The imposter syndrome typically happens to high achieving individuals who have a hard time adjusting to their success. It refers to the fear of being found out that their success is due to luck and not their abilities. This article explores this syndrome so you can understand it more fully and suggests ways to combat it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 032020
 

Question: How can I learn to concentrate better, so that my mind doesn’t wander?

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Answer: Do you have a lot of pressure on you? Have you had a lot of stress? These would cause your mind to wander as a way of escaping and having a mental vacation. Have you been doing any meditation, exercise, or any sort of stress reduction techniques? That would be my first recommendation to you.

Secondly, sometimes, the mind gets tired of focusing, and needs some time away from it. Concentrating on one thing for a long period is exhausting, so if you’ve been doing that, start breaking the periods up.

This sounds odd, but simply doing meditation or self-hypnosis each day will give your mind a rest, while at the same time, they help to train your mind to concentrate better.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Oct 242019
 

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New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy
When you feel bad, it’s hard to imagine feeling good. But you have the power and the ability to do just that. Taking charge and making different decisions that activate your brain’s reward centers will help your happiness in the short term and long term.

6 Simple Ways to Become More Resilient
Resilience allows you to bounce back from challenges more quickly. This trait isn’t something that we have or we don’t. We all have it in some form or other, and it can be developed further. When you follow these tips, you’ll cope with future setbacks more easily.

8 Ways To Improve Your Focus
The average attention span of a human is less than a goldfish’s. And because of technology and our fast paced world, our attention spans are dwindling even farther. To be successful, you need the ability to pay attention. Fortunately, focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Oct 182019
 

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It Takes 23 Minutes to Recover From a Distraction at Work. Here’s How to Minimize Calls, Emails, and Alerts
We know that multitasking decreases performance and efficiency. But so do interruptions, and they add up. Focus is the way you get things done. To maximize your effectiveness, preserve and protect your focused time and attention with these 4 tried-and-true tips.

7 Natural Ways To Relieve Stress When You’re Juggling A Jam-Packed Life
Stress can prevent you from doing your best and making wise decisions. If you’re having a stress-filled day or week, there are techniques you can used to give you more resources to deal with it. These are simple tips and suggestions to help you ease up and take care of your well being.

Be More Successful: New Harvard Research Reveals A Fun Way To Do It
Believe it or not, being happy brings more success into your life and there’s research to back it up. Watch this funny TED talk by Shawn Achor discussing that topic. And then check out the … ways to bring more happiness into your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Sep 202019
 

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We Are What We Repeatedly Do: Four Plans for Healthy Habits
Health and happiness have more to do with your habits than your circumstances, because your habits contribute to what you’re experiencing. Fortunately, with some focused effort, you can change your habits. Contrary to popular belief, however, willpower and self-discipline alone won’t create new ones.

3 Ways to Handle Disturbingly Negative Thoughts
Negative thoughts and judgements can pop into your mind when you’re least expecting them. And they can lead to more negative thoughts and sometimes unproductive actions. But they don’t control you. You can corral them and change them to something more constructive.

In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever
Technology consumes our time and attention, and both causes and contributes to stress. Now, more than ever before, we need to find a way to unwind. Learning a craft not only reduces stress, it builds a sense of capability and confidence. It’s also a way to get into a state of flow, which helps all areas of our lives. This is a fascinating article that explores all the benefits for practicing a craft. On a personal note, my primary craft is weaving.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Sep 132019
 

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A Stanford University psychologist’s elegant three-step method for creating new habits
New habits are hard to initiate and maintain. They need to be something you really want for yourself. Then, create small steps that can take you there a little at a time. This article explains the other steps to take to establish that new habit.

The 10 Mindsets of Highly Productive People
Successful people are organized and manage their time, albeit in different ways. It all has to do with their mindset. When they manage their time, they feel more in control and they’re happier people. To be more efficient and productive, use these 10 tips on how to approach your time management.

What If You Don’t Do the Things that Matter Most to You?
You tend to do the things that are most important to you every day. It shows by your results. But are your results actually helping you to achieve the goal that is dear to your heart? What is a goal that you’re reaching towards? Be inspired to make it a habit to establish it as a priority.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Aug 302019
 

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6 Steps to Discover Your True Self
Knowing yourself allows you to make decisions that are authentic for you and that you can live with. Because you know who you are, you’re more confident. But too many people rush around doing stuff, without taking the time to look within. When you do, you don’t have to be afraid, because you’ve been there all along.

Want to Improve Your Memory? A Decade-Long Stanford Study Suggests You Should Stop Doing This 1 Thing
Aging isn’t the only factor that reduces our ability to process, store and remember information. Researchers find that multitasking contributes to your problem with memory. It also erodes your ability to concentrate and pay attention. Spending less time multitasking may be the key to improving your brain’s performance and memory. Here are 3 tips on how to break that habit.

18 Habits That Will Make You Smarter
Your intelligence isn’t set in stone. It rises and falls with your attitude about it and what you do. Even those who are born smart don’t just coast. They develop habits to maintain and build on it. This article shares many of those habits, and if you just add one to your arsenal, you’ll notice an improvement.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Are Distractions Sabotaging Your Success?

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Jul 312019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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Do you ever feel that your day is filled with distractions? Instead of being able to finish a project, your environment constantly intrudes on your attention? Phone calls, demands on your time by coworkers, sudden tasks thrust on you by managers or crises all erode your efficiency and impact productivity. They keep your mind in chaos, and clog your connection to the Universe.

Many of your interruptions are self-inflicted. Instead of focusing on what’s important, you allow your attention to be abducted by anything new. It’s like the dog in the movie that gets diverted by any movement, thinking it’s a squirrel. The brain loves anything that’s novel or different. It lights up the reward circuit of your brain. That’s why it feels so satisfying to check your email dozens of times a day. But just because it feels good doesn’t mean it helps you accomplish anything.

If you never focus on what you want, the Law of Attraction doesn’t know what to bring you. Chaos instructs the Law of Attraction to bring you more chaos. The more you allow yourself to be sidetracked, the more you train yourself to seek out and succumb to distractions. It becomes a self-defeating cycle. Multitasking falls into this category. Although multitasking feels like you’re getting a lot done, the more you do it, the less effective you become.

How Distractions Cost You

Distractions are more than annoyances. Every time you’re interrupted, it takes time to get refocused. Researchers estimate it takes between fifteen and twenty-five minutes to get back on track afterwards. How much time are you wasting each day, just trying to get refocused? And once you return to your task, you can’t focus as well.

Also, your output, productivity and efficiency suffer and you commit more errors. Another study established that four hours of distracted time was equivalent to one hour of focused work. Think of what you could accomplish if you focused on one task or project at a time for just two hours a day. That would be equivalent to a full day of work.

What You Can Do

You have control over many of the distractions you encounter. When you take charge of what you can, you’ll maximize your productivity and improve your channel to the Universe. You’ll also be giving the Law of Attraction clearer direction. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused.

1.  Focus on your task. Do this by turning off your email notifications, closing your door and turning off your phone. Better yet, schedule checking your email and only do it three times a day. Even better, leave your cell phone in another room. Studies show that even having it in your room diverts your attention.

2.  Stop multitasking. Contrary to popular thought, it does not make you more efficient. The opposite is true. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you jump from one task to another, your brain must switch gears. That takes up precious time and energy, and shortens your attention span. It also makes your brain run slower and reduces your intelligence. To increase your effectiveness, address one task at a time for at least 20 minutes before you go onto something else.

3.  Train yourself to focus. Focusing your attention is a skill that you can learn and develop. Once you’ve broken the multitasking habit and been able to focus on one task for 20 minutes, take it to the next step. Extend the period you focus on any task by 5-minute increments over a period of weeks. Aim for at least 55 uninterrupted minutes. Another way to train your focus and concentration is to practice meditation. It builds areas of the brain associated with attention.

4.  Focus on the present. Pay attention to what you’re doing now. Don’t allow your thoughts to drift to the past or what you’re going to be doing in the future. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the task at hand. This type of mindfulness helps problem solving and improves your memory. You also open to your intuition and connection with the Universe.

Distractions will never go away. But when you stop letting distractions rule you and take control over your attention, your mood will improve. Your sense of calm, clarity, satisfaction and productivity will soar. Because you’ll be spending time on the tasks and projects that bring you results, you’ll be more successful.

Affirmation:

The Universe is always present, guiding and directing me. I now keep my mind clear, calm and focused. The Universe supports me in making positive decisions about where to focus my attention. This allows me to have a greater connection with the Universe. I plan for the future but keep my mind focused on the present.

Watch the accompanying video How You Can Get More Done in Less Time.

As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.

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Dec 212018
 

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Are GPS zombies eating your brain?
Navigating using GPS can damage the portion of your brain that helps you find your own way to a destination. Because of that, it increases the risk of cognitive impairment, and possibly Alzheimer’s. Part of the reason is that you follow the directions of the GPS without paying attention to where you’re actually going. Learn a couple of tips on how to use your GPS while stimulating your brain at the same time.

The Life-Altering Power Of Setting Boundaries (And How To Do It)
Boundaries are essential to your self-esteem, self-respect and to making sure your have healthy relationships. There are different aspects of boundaries: mental, physical, emotional and so forth. Boundaries are learned, and it can be a challenge to make and keep them. Here are some tips on how to support yourself with them.

Mindfulness: Are You Paying Attention?
According to a recent study, 96% of people said they live on autopilot, mainly due to technology. They aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in their lives. Learning mindfulness allows you to focus on what’s important to you. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what you’re paying attention to. This article gives you four ways to begin practicing mindfulness in your life.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Key Elements for Your Success

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Oct 172018
 

Having your heart and vision aligned are vital for the success of any venture, whether personal or professional. But they is another key element that you need to be able to propel yourself forward. It’s one that is key for your success and it includes other aspects. Linda-Ann Stewart, vision strategist, will share what this element is and give you some ideas on how to cultivate it in your life.



Transcript:
Thank you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist. Do you wonder what that is? Well, I help people take their vision and focus on the strategies that will bring it into a reality. I’d like to talk about what elements you need to have in place to be successful. The first part of is that you need to align your heart with your vision. From there you create a plan, or strategies, and then focus on them.

When I talk about the heart, I mean passion and beliefs, mindset. What about you? Do you have a passion for your next step? Do you have any beliefs that contradict it? Your passion and beliefs have to be aligned with your vision, which is your intention and direction you want to go in.

Your vision is why you want to achieve your goals, and what you eventually hope to achieve. What about you? What’s your vision? When your heart and vision are supporting each other, the plan, which is the steps, strategies and tactics to take, is easy to develop. Natural progression. Heart, vision and plan form the foundation of any endeavor, whether personal or professional.

In my hypnotherapy practice, these were the first things my clients and I had to decide on before we start making changes in their lives, whether for stress reduction, stopping smoking, weight management, improving self-esteem, success programming or anything else. Without the foundation to build on, my clients would have failed to achieve their goals.

The next step was equally important. It’s what programmed them for success. It was focusing on the strategies and taking the actions that the plan dictated. Many people pay attention to details or tactics that don’t really help them in the long run. But they feel like they’re getting things done, even though they’re really just in motion. Do you ever feel that?

You can run on a treadmill, but you’ll never actually get anywhere, will you? If you’re running in place, you have to step back off that treadmill and assess if the actions you’re taking are allowing you to make progress.

When you’re not focused, you can easily become scattered, sidetracked and distracted. You don’t want to always be chasing after squirrels, do you? So focus also means to have your priorities straight. You decide what comes first then next, then next after that. You wouldn’t try to scramble eggs before you got a pan onto the stove, would you? If you did, you’d have a real mess, right? Same goes with priorities.

And you have to make sure you spend time on your priorities, and not let someone else dictate what they are. For instance, suppose you’d planned to spend the evening paying bills that were due, but a friend stopped by at the last minute and wanted you to go to a movie with them. If you agree, wouldn’t you have let their priority be more important than yours?

I know paying bills isn’t a fun job, but it was your priority and necessary to avoid late fees. If you didn’t get it done when you’d originally planned, it had to be done another time, when you might have had something else planned.

This can also happen if you don’t have any priorities at all. Then you leave the door open for someone else to decide what your priorities should be. And who wants that?

Having a focus means you also cultivate the behaviors, habits and skills you need. Maybe you need to stop procrastinating paying those bills until the last minute? Or you might want to develop the habit of scheduling social time with friends? Maybe you want to learn more about social media? All of these also take focus and attention, and help take you in the direction of your vision.

Focus is what keeps you on track and progressing. In addition to having heart, vision, and a plan, focus propels you to success. Are you lacking focus in an area? Are your priorities in order? Are you following your priorities? Do you need to establish a new habit or develop a new skill to take the next step? Take just one of these, and begin to act on it. Establish it as a priority and notice how you start making progress.

If you’d like some help in achieving your goals, apply for a complimentary Clarify Your Vision coaching consultation.

Thank you for watching. And I would love to know how you’re focusing on your goal. Take care.

Read the accompanying article, Align Your Heart with Your Vision.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart