Build Up Your Focus & Mental Dexterity

Turn brain “on” and keep it there.

My brain created this brain.

Out of all the commodities in the world, how ironic that “brain power” is one most sought after. Everyday, I notice more people seek more agility and sharpness in the mind.

Productivity, fitness, extract, meditation, efficiency, Yoga; these are all words that come to surface when I think of mental prowess.

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

- Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor, fancy philosophy guy)

Warning: danger ahead

In this month of my life, mental toughness is sort of a goal for me. Mainly because I don’t have any concrete obligations.

You’re thinking “oh, that can’t be hard,” but in my mind, it’s a slippery slope for sleeping past noon, bad health, boredom, and extended periods of Instagraming.

I can’t be having all that.

So, by choice, it’s time to throw my shit into complete overdrive — that means gym first thing early, tight dieting, and blocking out unnecessary “noise.”

Mentality is huge.

Sound-less 🎵

If only I could track the % of my life I’ve spent either listening to music or following conversation in a podcast. Whenever I head out on a long drive, you can bet I’ve got on some JRE (Joe Rogan Podcast, check it out).

Music, on the other hand, is an integral part of my day…

Lounging around the house? Music.

Driving in the car? Music.

Lifting at the gym? Music.

My problem here is I feel like I’m spreading my brain juice too thin.

On the outset, this might seem like a non-issue. “A little audio here and there, so what?” But overtime, day in and day out, I’m doing too much.

I’m paying dues and stressing myself out little by little.

It might be in the form of less attention for my writing. Maybe I’m more at risk of an accident while driving. Is it possible my workouts could improve without the tunes?

Answer: Yes.

Lately, I’ve cut back on going total auto-pilot.

A drive every once in a while in silence is actually not that weird. It’s kind of relaxing and refreshing. You see more. Sometimes I find buildings or things or people I never notice on my daily drive. You’d be surprised how connected vision is to sound.

As far as fitness goes, it’s firmly beneficial to go one day a week in the gym without the headphones. When I do this, the lift feels more centralized and compact — I’m more capable of targeting the muscle.

Better pumps? Happier me.

Phone down 📴

On many occasions in my writing, I’ve expressed my thoughts on social media and the pitfalls of its use. Simply put, I’m a big proponent for being 100% cognizant of the media you consume on a daily basis.

ALL of us need to continually check our sources of information and how much time we donate to poor (wasteful) online use.

My opinion? Social media is just the devil in a new dress.

I know, this is completely relative. One man’s “wasted hour” is another man’s treasure… that how it goes? Nonetheless, just be aware of the mental energy you expense on your screen.

Ask yourself: “Is this beneficial use of my time?”

The call is completely on you.

One method of combat: do not look at your phone until noon 🕛

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no guru. If I’m being honest, looking at my phone helps me wake up; a lot times it’s the first thing I see.

So let me be clear, I do not live by this rule… but, it’s definitely something to shoot for.

Tackle the most important work first — do what should be done before you shatter your attention with a cat meme.

It really helps to dial back on the notifications. Avoid email if possible. Come lunch time? Go for it, have a look-see! All those tweets, dings, and posts will still be right there waiting for you.

Continue control

All this comes down to a few things:

  • Resist temptation
  • Be mindful
  • Be present

Once these happen, everything else becomes easier — waking up becomes easier, concentrating comes easier, and saying “no” to 🍰 gets easier.

I trust that if you unravel yourself from noise and activity pricking at your focus, you’ll naturally build up your mental cognition.

Place the present at the forefront of your mind… that’s key. 🔑

- AZ

Happy you made it this far 👏 What’s your thing?

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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