In part 1 of Need for Results Fast – The Reason You Fail, you learned why you have the need to get results fast when you start a new weight loss, diet, exercise or health plan.

We looked at the three (3) reasons you fail or sabotage yourself.

Today, we are going to focus on ‘getting real’ with yourself and learning how to start to build your attention span muscle to empower yourself towards success.

 

 

 

If you are a bit skeptical about the connection between your attention span and your need to get results fast then do this Audit:

Be honest and get real with yourself . . .

  • Do you have a need to look at and check your devices, phone or social media more than 4 times a day?
  • Do you get distracted easily?
  • Do you multitask?
  • Do you get bored easily?
  • Do you have multiple devices on, at one time? E.g. watching TV and on phone or tablet.
  • Do you need to feel rewarded and gain instant satisfaction in certain areas of your life?

This has provided you with insight into the areas of attention span that are sabotaging your success.

Four (4) Tips to Improve Your Success by Strengthening Your Attention Span Muscle

Tip #1: Reduce Your Time on Devices

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Create a plan to gradually start reducing your time on devices including PCs, on a daily basis.

Some options may include:

  • Starting small by reducing your time in blocks of 15 minutes;
  • Not using your devices 30 minutes before bed, or
  • Putting boundaries around when you do and don’t use devices.

Tip #2: Minimise Multiple Device Use at One Time

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Research clearly shows that using multiple devices at once, also known as media multitasking, reduces your ability to sustain attention and decreases your memory processing time.

Basically, this means that by watching TV and playing on your phone or tablet, you are negatively affecting your ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions.

By training your brain to learn to focus your attention on one device option at a time, you will improve your ability to maintain your attention on a task and not get distracted which will improve your effectiveness, efficiency and success.

Tip #3: Reduce Your Time on Social Media

Recent studies on the amount of time has identified 30-minutes per day on social media is the sweet spot.

Research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that people who reduced their time on social media to a maximum of 30 minutes per day had significant improvement in wellbeing, and experienced less feelings of loneliness and Depression.

Therefore, to feel more connected with the world around you, start to reduce the time you spend on social media.

When you feel connected you will start level up your life!

Tip #4: Reduce Multitasking

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Efficient multitasking has become something that people brag about and belittle people for not being able to do.

Don’t be pulled in to the B.S. as you are better off without doing it!

Multitasking actually damages your performance and success rate, as it results in disorganised thinking and an inability to filter out irrelevant information.

If you want to succeed at anything, learn to slow things down and focus on one task at a time.

You will actually become faster at completing tasks leading to a sense of achievement.

You will have the ability to organise your thoughts, prioritise your to do list and stay on task, leading to success.

To develop your attention span muscle you will need to break up with your addictive behaviours.

To empower yourself towards success, you need to learn to create new, positive behaviours and mindsets which include:

  • Increase your attention span;
  • Delay instant satisfaction;
  • Delay instant reward, and
  • Stick at tasks that are mundane.

Once you have achieved this and you can identify the positives and benefits that come along with it, you can tackle other areas of your life.

When you are ready, focus on creating change in the areas that you have struggled the most such as being more active or eating healthier.

Remember to focus on starting with a small change and then building it up over time.

Throughout, instead of needing to see a result, connect with acknowledging each time you have completed it, and really check in with how it feels when you achieve it.

You deserve to mark your success.

Feel empowered through your ability to consistently action something and the positives or benefits that you are noticing by creating this new mindset and behaviour.

You are building up your attention span muscle by learning to focus your attention in new ways and gaining internal reward and satisfaction, for positive change.

This is a valuable tool that can be applied to infinite aspects of life.

Let me know how you are going on your journey . . .

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