How To Focus Better – I Show You How To Get In The Zone
Productivity studies have found that “parallel processing” is far less effective than singular focused processing when it comes to productivity and I’ll explain why.
Parallel processing is commonly known as multitasking.
When you focus on one thing, you get more productivity done. In a study done in 2008, they found that people who worked on projects while simultaneously doing other tasks were less productive than the ones that focused on just that project. One of the reason was because the people multitasking couldn’t get into a state of mind called “the zone”. Multitaskers had to reset their focus whenever they went back and forth with their project.
If you’re in a creative profession such as an author, content creator, artist, etc, you know about the zone. It’s a place where things just flow and they flow in abundance.
Think of focus as like a mental muscle. Much like how you work out a muscle in the gym, you work it out through progressive adaptation – through consistent use. Remember the mantra: what you don’t use, you lose!
So you’re wondering, “Jax, how do I develop, nurture, and strengthen my focus muscles?”
Here’s how you do it: utilize your Ultradian rhythm. There are different natural rhythms in our body. Circadian rhythm is the rhythm of the sleep cycle. The Ultradian rhythm is little energy and rejuvenation cycle throughout the day.
It’s been found that the energy and rest cycle for the body is 50 minutes to 10 minutes. In essence, you can have full on focus for 50 minutes and then require a 10 minute rejuvenation period which is the optimal use of the energy/rest cycle.
One thing you can do is put complete and full-on focus for 50 minutes straight, set your timer either on your computer (onlinetimer.com) and once it hits 50 minutes, completely unplug your mind from your work and relax and rejuvenate for 10 minutes.
The more you practice focusing, as in making focus a practice, the stronger your ability to focus becomes.
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