Before you continue reading this, I want you to try out a little experiment. Put your phone aside for 10 minutes and be present with your surroundings.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, How To Focus When Surrounded By Natural Beauty

In this segment, I talk about brain-clutter, distractions, overcoming obstacles and how to develop the skill to FOCUS. 

Do you think multitasking helps you focus on several things at once?


Multitasking won’t get you anywhere!

Multitasking is an addiction in disguise. Every time you complete a tiny task, your brain rewards you with the production of dopamine. 

The more things you try to accomplish simultaneously (such as writing a project proposal while checking out whether your Scruff crush has woofed you, the more dopamine your score. 

We tend to keep our brains active while we are becoming more passive over time. Studies have shown that multitasking decreases both the quality and efficiency of your work and creativity.

The focus is in the NOW. Strive to be present and mindful. No matter what you do, try not to think about outcomes (that are usually unpredictable). – Dan Trepanier

Turn off your devices

Your phone is the ultimate distractor. Think about how your stream of consciousness instantly changes when you hear the sound of notification. 

It is like you’ve heard the sound of your wedding bells. You are either happy or nervous. Today, the world around you is the world on your smartphone. And that needs to change. Your focus should be on YOUR WORLD and the present moment.

Breaking news: If you spend less time on your phone, you can get up to 2 hours of sleep and 2 hours of extra exercise daily. Most researches have found that focused brain activity is not possible without 7-8 hours of sleep. Your body is 70% water and 100% responsible for your concentration. Take care of your body and sleep regularly. I also highly recommend meditation, the queen of focus.

Be fully present

Concentrate on what you are doing now. Try to do one thing at a time.

Focus is like a gym membership for your mind. The best present you can give to yourself is being present.

It’s a massive yet straightforward challenge for so many people.

Committing to at least one significant action is a challenge.

‘Change your thoughts change your life’ – Dr. Wayne Dyer.

The past slows us – the future distracts us.

Drowning in the past or sailing towards the future is what we do. We are rarely in the present moment. 

We are always outside the moment, mesmerized by various shiny objects. Shiny objects make us blind. Glitter is lovely, but no one wants to have glitter in their eyes if you know what I mean.

In his book The Power Of Present Moments, Eckhart Tolle says: Nothing will ever happen in the future. Everything is happening in the NOW. The past and the future lack their reality. They are renting their existence from the present moment.

Just as you fall in love, sometimes you fall in an unproductive hole – stuck in a whirl where we were incapable of focusing on anything. 

Maybe you are easily aroused, or you get easily distracted, but consistency merely is swimming away from your brain waves. All you need to do is to return to the coast known as NOW. Focus Pocus! – Dan Trepanier


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