We’ve all heard the saying, “Happiness is a state of mind!” – well, it’s true.
Studies have revealed that wandering minds are directly related to unhappiness. People with constantly wandering minds were less likely to be happy and less productive than those able to focus on the tasks at hand because during mind wandering our mind often tends towards negative thoughts, worries, memories, and regrets.
Assume you are in an office meeting and discussing some important business strategy. But your mind has stray off to other things such as time spent on holiday with your family or delicious food that you had with your friends.
Suddenly, you realize that everyone is looking at you and the presenter is asking for your answers and feedback – but you are blank, you don’t know what to answer. Everyone would feel that you have ‘lack of focus’ on things at work.
This is the reality – we, as human beings, have this unique ability to have our mind wander. There is no hiding it.
But is there any way to take control of your wandering mind, bring the focus back to things in the present situation?
Read on this infographic from OnStride that will help you understand the science behind mind wandering and how you can improve your focus and concentrate on your work. Try these –
- Add a deliberate distraction such as music without lyrics
- Allow your mind a moment to daydream
- Identify and eliminate your stressors
- Grab a cup of coffee
- Take a moment to doodle
- Do some yoga
- Pay attention to what triggers your mind to wander off
- Try chewing gum
Always remember, mind wandering is ‘natural’ and can be a good thing too if you use it to your advantage. If you have a creative profession such as artist, marketing, designing etc. mind wandering is good for you because you get best ideas when you least expect them.
The productive kind of daydreaming can bring you new ideas and solve problems creatively. However, worry-based daydreaming will not help you in any way, only regrets, unhappiness, stress and more problems in life.
Infographic Credit – OnStride, 9 Ways to Focus a Wandering Mind
The key is ‘controlling’ the wandering mind – guiding it to what you want to see in order to achieve better focus and concentration on useful, happy and important things.
So, don’t lose control and follow the best practices suggested in the infographic to avoid distractions and bring your mind back to work and into the present.
How do you focus your wandering mind? Have something to add to this list? Please share in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading.