Want to get more done, stay focused for longer, procrastinate less and make more money? Your mental focus directly impacts everything in your business. From your taxes to problem solving, from responding to emails to developing new products, your ability to focus ultimately determines your success.
So how do you improve your focus and concentration?
The Diet of Winners
Your diet plays a big role in mental performance. In fact, it’s perhaps the biggest determining factor.
Eat a healthy diet that’s rich in all the nutrients your brain needs to function. Get a good amount of protein, which your body needs to synthesize the amino acids that build neurotransmitters. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy ones. Avoid artificial foods. Stick to eating whole foods, rather than foods that came out of a factory.
Get a vitamin profile test done and supplement any vitamins or minerals that you’re low in. Supplementing Omega-3 can also make a big impact on mental performance.
Exercise: Not to Be Taken Lightly
Exercise helps your brain in many different ways. It gets more blood flowing to the brain. It increases serotonin and dopamine levels, both of which are crucial to concentration. It improves memory and cognition. Several studies have demonstrated both IQ and EQ gains from exercise.
Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, 4 days a week. If that’s too difficult, do “mini exercise” sessions once a day. A mini-session could just mean jump roping in place for 5 minutes, or doing 20 pushups.
To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, read “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.”
One Focus at a Time
People often mistakenly believe that they can focus on many things at once. Science says otherwise.
About 98% of the human population performs worse on all kinds of cognitive and concentration tests when they’re multitasking. There’s a small contingent of people, 1% to 2% of the population, that are the opposite. Nicknamed “supertaskers,” they perform much better while juggling many tasks.
If you’re a “supertasker,” you’d probably know it. If you don’t naturally gravitate towards juggling 5-6 tasks at once, then don’t try to do more than one. It’s just not how most brains function.
Rest, Sleep and Recharge
Entrepreneurs tend to be driven people. While most of the time this is a virtue, it can sometimes backfire. If you’re not getting enough rest, relaxation and sleep, that’ll pretty quickly start to tax your mental capabilities. Even a sleep deficit of just one hour can cut mental performance by as much as 30%!