3 Reasons to Develop Your Focus, When Living in a Distracted World That Values Multi-Tasking and Information Overload

If the title of this post was enough to get your attention. There are 3 things that you need to consider, the next time you decide to drive yourself crazy, focusing all your attention on your job, chasing money, keeping up with trends, gossiping, obsessing over things that are intangible, etc.

  • Your Health
  • Your Time & Energy is Invaluable
  • Life is a Temporary State


If perusing the latest posts and videos on your social media feed are eating away at your time, chances are you are one of the many distracted and overwhelmed individuals in today’s modern society. Life doesn’t have to be this way. When you are running around, letting your attention be easily divided, you can find opportunities passing you by, are more likely to blame external sources for your troubles,  reject personal responsibility for how you delegate your time and energy, and may develop some unnecessary stress and health problems.

So what can YOU DO?

The answer is simple, but the objective may take some time and practice to achieve



First, you need to understand what are the priorities in your life. Just because something has flashing lights and bells doesn’t mean it should automatically command our attention. As human beings, we should be more attentive to how we spend out time and energy, and not just give a Pavlovian dog-like response to anything and everything that seems like it is worthy of our time and energy.

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Once you figure out what your life priorities are, and how you spend your day engaging in tasks that either pull you further away from your goals, or bring you closer, you will change. You will be forced to change your thinking, your behavior, or both, depending on how strong your desire to prioritize the things, people, or tasks in your life.

After you have come this far with your self-development and growth. Yes, you did actually achieve a feat of growth, self-assessment, and decided to do something about it… CONGRATULATIONS!


Now, you can make developing your FOCUS a priority.

3 Ways to Develop Focus is to actively:


Engage in a single task at a time, no more multi-tasking. When you are deeply involved in only one task at a time, and commit to understanding it fully, and doing whatever is necessary to complete your task… YOUR FOCUS IMPROVES


Meditate regularly. Taking time to unplug from social media, the internet, reality TV shows, and the drama that plays out by other humans around you…. This is a necessary thing for your health, to have some quiet time, or alone time to analyze your thoughts, simply focus on your breath, and just be. Your brain needs a break from the madness that goes on around you, even if you don’t realize it. Just try it for a few minutes a day and see, perhaps right before bed, or right after waking up. Start with thinking of things that you are grateful for, or how you would like to feel today on accomplishing some future tasks. Don’t dwell on anything in particular, just breathe, feel your emotions, and move on without spending too much time or energy on what comes to mind.


Lastly, read. Reading will give you something to focus on that you must go from beginning until end. Reading will open up pathways to other types of thinking and experiences, which you may not normally engage in your everyday. Reading, if the writing is done well, will fully command and engross you, leaving you wanting more once the words have stopped.

There you have it! Take these 3 simple methods to develop your focus, and see in just how 3 months or less, your life will change for the better. Just give it a chance, what do you have to lose?

Except more time and energy to trying to mentally juggle those 10 things, yet again…



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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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