Daily factors that could be causing you to lose focus

We’re almost done with winter and the cold weather, which means it’s time to get focused.

To stay true to those goals, you may need to refocus – and start paying attention to the things that veer you off track. After all, we all have our vices. In this article, we’re going to walk you through a few different things that might be killing your focus, and ultimately be veering you off track from your 2018.

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1. Lack of Sleep

A huge contributor to you losing focus revolves around your sleep patterns. A lot of us think “With a cup of coffee to wake me up, I don’t even need sleep!” The truth is, relying on coffee to keep us lively and focused is just doing the opposite.

Less sleep can make it really hard to focus during the day, especially when it comes to our core memory. If you don’t have systems in place to remind you of appointments, or which lead you’ve contacted this week – then lack of sleep and focus will really be killing your business here.

How to Fix it? I recommend taking an hour each night before going to bed to unwind. Whether this be reading a book, taking a bath, or spending time getting your kiddo’s ready for bed. You can really do whatever you’d like during this time – except be on your smartphone or watching TV. Being on your phone, computer or tablet before bed causes a lot of strain on your eyes – which causes you to have a harder time falling asleep.

Take some time before bed. Read a book, relax, and take a break from your long day. Try this for one week, and I assure you, you’ll be sleeping better in no time.

2. Food Choices

We’re always on the go, and we’re always in a hurry. Doesn’t hurt to eat out every once and a while, but regularly could begin to be a problem.

Top athletes don’t just eat healthy because they have to – they eat a healthy balanced diet because it helps their body run at optimal rates. With that in mind, why not eat healthy more regularly?

Set some time aside in the evenings to prepare meals for the week. Not only will this help save you time – it will also help you operate at optimal rates, and have more mental and physical stamina.  That morning ritual of a doughnut and coffee won’t get you very far in your day – which is why you should consider changing to something that will sustain you much longer in your day.

Remember, we’re obviously not telling you to give up going out to dinner, or even grabbing an afternoon snack with a lead or colleague – but we are asking you to be more conscious of your choices in that department – because trust us, eating better will sustain you longer during the day and ultimately allow you to keep your focus.

3. Smartphones

Yes, you 100% need this to work.

We totally understand that your phone might be your life. From texting those real estate leads, calling for a listing appointment, and every other business necessity in between. Your cell phone is important, no doubt. But there is a time and a place to have your phone on.

Get this… on average, a person will check their phone at least 80 times a day… on the REGULAR! You and I both know realtors probably look at their phones plenty more times than this. With that in mind, wouldn’t you want to consider taking a break from it at points during your day?

I realize you need your phone to do your job – but maybe consider only working during the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. This gives you a solid 12 hours of being on your phone – and an opportunity to disconnect in the evenings. It’s straining to always be answering the continuous stream of messages, and mentally putting yourself in several different chats and conversations.

Take each of these and try implementing them into your life. Refocus this year, and make sure you’re doing everything you can to meet your resolutions in 2018. Whether those resolutions are personal or professional, refocusing will help you reach those this year – and keep you on track.

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Elysse Bujold has a background in digital marketing. Having started her career at Disney Interactive Studios, where she grew on a project team advancing initiatives for the company, today she has been driving marketing strategies and initiatives to help grow businesses.

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