Focus Is a Workout For The Brain
Just like any kind of workout, you work a muscle in sets with breaks between sets. If you were to take a weight and hold it over your head for hours on end, your muscles would be exhausted and would definitely make you not want to work out
again any time soon.
For your brain, focus is a ‘brain muscle” building exercise. You need to start off small and work your way up for greater endurance. When you try to dive right in and focus intensely for hours on end, you are stressing your brain. You have
trained yourself that stress must be involved for you to be productive. You have now trained your brain that productivity is very uncomfortable and must be escaped, so any idea of focus leads to the escape trigger, and procrastination
begins….. until the stressor is so high you must impulsively respond. It’s a sad state of affairs; you are now in fight-or-flight, trying to execute on items you can no longer access creative thought to do, you wear yourself out, maybe
even stay up all night to complete the task, ending in utter exhaustion knowing it definitely wasn’t your best work.
How to Build Focus Strength
The key to focused productivity is making the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. You need to make it feel so easy to take action on a task it is more ridiculous to not do it than to go ahead and do it. Even if you have pushed
a task or project off to the last second and you are reading this, you can still use this technique to get yourself going in a way that feels easy for the brain rather than stressful.
The real trick to intense focus is something call Flow state.
When scientists have studied extreme athletes, there are some common triggers that happen to get the brain into a flow state. Flow state allows you to access the maximum energetic and creative flow in mindful presence. Focus feels easy and