It’s all too easy to get distracted or not pay attention to what you’re doing. When you do, you make mistakes and miss details that you need. Learning how to be more focused is important if you want to achieve your goals. Learn 3 simple steps to being more mindful that will improve your productivity and your life.
I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist coach for small business and entrepreneurs, and would like to share a tip on how you can become more focused, mindful and get more out of your life.
Last week, I was cooking a chicken dish that had an accompanying sauce. I minced some garlic for the chicken, and then another couple of large cloves for the sauce. I got distracted while I was cooking, and accidentally threw the garlic for the sauce in with the chicken, in addition to what was already there. Wow, was that a lot of garlic! It was almost overpowering. I thought I’d ruined the dish.
Have you ever been thinking of something else, and then made a mistake, like I did? Or been distracted when you’re talking with a friend or colleague and miss something important they said? This comes from your attention being diverted elsewhere and not being aware of what’s going on in the present.
In our fast-paced world, it’s hard to pay attention to what’s going on in the moment. But being able to focus on what you’re doing, or listening fully, will mean that you are more efficient, more effective and will have better relationships, both personally and professionally.
There’s a simple way to bring your attention to the present, and stay mindful about what’s going on.
Your mindset tip has 3 steps to it:
- Become aware of what you’re doing, such as having a conversation or preparing a meal.
- Take a long, slow deep breath to slow your mind down and get focused on your priority.
- Decide what your intention is, and then act. It may be taking an action, or it may be listening fully.
This shifts your energy from being scattered and distracted to being focused and intentional. If I’d just followed my own advice last week, I wouldn’t have had a meal that I came close to ruining. As you practice these steps, notice how much more you accomplish and how much better you feel.
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Thank you for watching. Remember, become aware, breathe, and then act. Take care.
Read the accompanying article, How to Take Back Control When Stress Overwhelms You.
~ Linda-Ann Stewart