“I’m facing Niagara Falls – the wind and the mist and the dark and the peregrine falcons – and I’m going to stay focused on the other side.” – Nik Wallenda
Welcome to the first day of the Mental Focus Challenge!
For the next two weeks, you will develop habits that will make you more focused and productive. It’s time for your first challenge!
Challenge of the Day: Focus-Affecting Behaviors
Today’s challenge is about identifying focus-affecting behaviors. You shouldn’t implement anything new into your daily routine. All you have to do is pay attention to your behaviors throughout the day and write down how it affects your focus.
Here are some things to look for:
- How well you slept.
- Times of the day you’re most productive.
- How much coffee you drank.
- What you ate throughout the day.
- How much exercise you got.
- Where you work during the day (office, home, coffee shop, etc.).
- How often you use your phone.
- What you do right before falling asleep.
Don’t change anything about your routine. Today’s challenge isn’t about successfully improving your focus. The goal is simply to become aware of the things you do and how they affect you. Self-awareness is vital for eliminating poor habits and creating new ones that will increase your focus and concentration.
Do you focus better after getting nine hours of sleep? Do you struggle to get work done after drinking coffee? Observe everything you do and write it down so you can reflect on it later.
If you’re looking for an app to help you with this challenge, then look no further than Evernote. Evernote is a great productivity tool that lets you jot down notes. You can access these notes anywhere and quickly find what you need with Evernote’s great search function.
Use Evernote to organize your notes for the Mental Focus Challenge!