Focusing the mind is important because, when you learn to slow down and pay attention, in other words, when you focus on the task at hand, you get more done.
One of the first things I teach all my clients is how to slow down and focus. Focusing the mind is a powerful peak performance trait. It is something I learned as a result of many years of practicing martial arts. It is also a key element of Mindful Mind Hacking.
The Frantic Pace of Life Today
Many people today, maybe you’re one of them, run at a terrifying pace. These people are trying to get more done in less time and, often, with less resources. They have a huge “to-do” list and are always working on five or six things at the same time.
When asked why they do this, their answer is, “This is how I get things done.”
But are they really getting a lot done? I don’t think so and I’ll explain in a minute.
But even more important than getting a huge amount of work done is how is this frantic pace affecting them? What is happening to them mentally, physically and emotionally?
What Do You Mean I Should Slow Down and Pay Attention?
A huge benefit of slowing down and paying attention to what you are doing at this moment is you make less mistakes. This improves the quality of your work.
Another benefit is slowing down is it reduces your stress level. With less stress your mind is more relaxed and can think better.
Again, this improves the quality of your work.
You will also feel calmer. As you start to feel calmer your life becomes more enjoyable.
As life become more enjoyable it also becomes more fulfilling. You become happier and happier people enjoy better mental and physical health.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Do This?
When clients first come to see me I usually ask them if they meditate. After I explain the benefits of mediation they’ll look at me with a slightly amused look on their face and say, “I don’t have time to sit down for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Plus, I tried it before. I just can’t mediate”
Well, I know how hard it can seem to be able to find 20 to 30 minutes to meditate, so I’ll ask, “How about 5 minutes and no sitting around?”
And that’s what I’m proposing for you.
It Doesn’t Take Any Time to Practice These 5 Mindful Mind Hacks
You can practice the following 5 Mindful Mind Hacks every day and it will take less than five minutes and you won’t even have to “meditate”.
Here’s what I’ll bet you. I’ll bet you that if you practice the following exercises, they will add time to your day, quality to your work and enjoyment to your life.
All of this for just learning to slow down and pay attention a tiny bit.
If this sounds good to you then read on.
- Practice Concentrating
Paying attention is simply concentrating on what you are doing at the moment. By the way, concentration is a key skill of mindfulness.
You can practice concentrating anytime and anyplace. When you find your mind wandering, instead of stressing out about it, simply take a few moments to concentrate on your breathing. While you might find this difficult at first, as you get better, you’ll find that paying attention to your breathing can quickly bring you back to the present.
- Single Task
Are you one of those people who like to multi-task, doing many things at the same time?
According to a
, multitasking is measurably less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that frequent multitaskers perform worse because they have trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information.
Instead of multitasking, make a list of the tasks you have to do, prioritize them, and then do them in the order of their priority, one task at a time.
What you’ll find is not only will it increase your productivity, the volume of the things you get done, you’ll also improve your work quality because you are focused on what you are doing at that moment in time.
- Eat Slowly
If you’re like most Americans, you eat too fast. There are a lot of problems with eating fast, the biggest is taking in too many calories.
That’ s because when you eat fast, your brain doesn’t get the message your stomach is already full.
Your brain needs about 20 minutes from the time you start eating to send out fullness signals. When you eat slowly, your brain has more time to send out the signal that you are full.
Also, by chewing slowly and taking your time to eat, you will enjoy the taste of your food more. This will allow you to experience the full flavor of what you are eating.
- Stop and Do Nothing
If you’re like most people, your days are filled with activities. Once a day, take a break and do absolutely nothing. Just five minutes of this will help clear your mind and relax you.
The best thing about this exercise? You can it anywhere.
One if the easiest ways you can make sure you do this is put an appointment called “do nothing “in your appointment book or phone. Then, at the appointed time, stop doing whatever you are involved in and do nothing.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
Every day make it a goal to write down at least three things you are grateful for. This practice encourages you to think about what you are grateful for in the present. After writing it down, you can then reflect on how the things you are grateful for are impacting your life and well-being.
This will help you look for things you’re grateful for and allow you to appreciate them more when you encounter them.
You can Start Practicing These 5 Mindful Mind Hacks Today
These 5 Mindful Mind Hacks are easy to do. They’ll also allow you to get more done with less stress. That’s because your mind will be more relaxed but focused, which are the key ingredients for peak performance.
All you have to do is slow down, pay attention and start enjoying all the wonderful things life brings to you.