It is common for everyone to experience a lack of focus from time to time. Some people struggle with it more than others. For some people it can pose a real problem. There are things that you can do to train your mind to stay focused and get the things done that you need to.
Through-out your day and week and life, there are many places that you need to be focused in your life. It can be during a work meeting, a training session or an academic class. There are other areas that you need to be focused as well, such as finishing a project at work, working from home or trying to get into shape. All of these things require you to stay focused so that you can finish the job or stay with the information being addressed.
It is uncomfortable for anyone to come away from a business meeting and not know what just happened. Many people day dream during meetings where they are not directly involved. This is a problem because at anytime someone could ask you an opinion and as an adult it`s not appropriate to shrug your shoulders and slide down in your chair as you may have done in grade three.
Another reason you need to stay focused in a meeting is that there might have been some issues discussed that you need to be aware of. After the meeting another co-worker could ask you about it and not knowing is not very professional. There are some tips to staying focused during a business meeting even if it is utterly boring.
You will want to clear you mind of all other things. This is not the time to think about buying new winter tires, shoes or a personal gym. You really need to keep your mind focused on what you are doing at the time you are doing it. To help you stay focused you can jot down notes, that way you are writing what you are hearing and perhaps it will help you retain what you are hearing.
Try to get yourself involved in the conversation if you can. Even if it is not about you, even adding the odd point might help you get through it.
If you are being trained for something at work, it is crucial to stay focused on the material being taught. Many people lose focus and have a hard time retaining what they just heard. A trick is to ask questions about everything even if you kind of understand what is going on. Asking questions will keep you aware of what is happening and will lead to further explanations and perhaps a better understanding for you.
Staying focused might require some careful planning. If you are a person who struggles with focusing then creating a plan in your head before you start something might be a proactive solution!
For example if you want to finish a project at home, you can think of ways that you can achieve that. You might know that distractions at home might keep you from your task. So it might be proactive to take the kids somewhere else, give the dog a huge bone to chew on and put your phone on vibrate. You might make a mental note that you won`t answer the phone unless it`s an emergency and that music might or might not help with your task. Set up a time slot to get your project done and create realistic time frames so that you will succeed.
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