How To Improve Your Focus And Be More Productive

Pre race trading can be very boring and trying to stay focused is really hard and something we all struggle with.

In this post I will try and explain how to improve your focus and be more productive.

After listening to numerous podcasts and reading mindset books I have discovered that FOCUS is just like a muscle. If you train it, it gets stronger.

How do you train to be focused?

Firstly, start with passion. Find something you are passionate about. For me it was easy, I love horse racing and anything to do with it, so making a living out of something I am passionate about was an easy choice.

Pursuing something that means a lot to you will give you the energy for motivation and willpower.

When boredom sets in and you start to lose focus, having something you are passionate about and excites you will give you the energy to make it.

Practise meditation

Meditating is so powerful, I will do a separate blog post on meditating in full because it is so beneficial to our mind.

Meditating is a great way to practise focus. All you do is focus on your breath that’s it. At first you will struggle, your mind will wander.

It took me a good while to focus just on my breath. I was thinking all sorts. What am I cooking for tea tonight?, what time is the first race?, I need to walk the dog etc, all sorts came into my mind. The key is, to just let them thoughts go and come back to focusing on your breath.

You need to practise this over and over and it does get easier. And by doing that, that’s how you are going to build the muscle.

Another benefit of meditating is also lowering stress and anxiety, as you meditate these go away.

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Go to the gym

I know there are probably some of you who won’t like this one, but going to the gym helps you stick to a routine. It pushes you to do hard tasks and studies have shown that it gets you in the right mindset.

Force yourself to go to the gym even if you don’t feel like it. The act of going and doing will get you the discipline you need to see something through and reach your goals.

You have to push your body, it will help regulate the way you think.

I love the gym, I go roughly 4 times a week to Les Mills classes, it’s also a social thing for me as the people at the gym are all there for the same reason, to push themselves and they are a lovely group of people.

You are what you eat

It is important to eat healthy food in order to be healthy and fit. The food that you eat has a bearing on your state of mind and health.

I am the worlds worst when it comes to eating healthy. I love chocolate. In fact I would go as far to say I am a chocoholic but it doesn’t help me think clearly.

If I want things to get done, if I want to achieve my goals and stay focused then I need to have a good diet.

Cooking is not my greatest quality, so my diet is not great. I have a good friend who cooks amazing vegan curries and when I go to hers to eat I know I have had my health fix for the day. I have told her to start up a business with her curries, I would be her main customer that’s for sure.

 

Use your time effectively 

So many of us waste so much time on our phones. Checking emails, social media etc. 

That’s what’s called being reactive, when what we should be is proactive.

To reach our goals we need to be proactive. 

Start by writing an important list, don’t let distractions get in the way of your list, this will be what gets you to the top.

Have a crystal clear view of what your goal is and how you are going to achieve it.

Trading needs 100% focus and by that I mean don’t answer the phone or check social media through a trading session. Say NO to any invites to go out, or for friends to pop round for a cuppa. Be strict with yourself.

One step at a time

One step at a time you can change your life. Everyday do something towards your goal, create a daily task list of things that need to be done, and do them.

Make sure you make positive strides towards the life of your dreams.

Everything is possible to those who believe and put in the effort. 

You can accomplish anything, just remember it won’t happen overnight.

Success is the result of hard work and dedication on a consistent basis. 

 

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