Healthy Brain Blog
|Posted on January 2, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you are there? Have you ever started to say something to someone and then forgotten what you wanted to say? Usually, we recover from these “memory lapses” and after a few moments, our intended task or thought comes back to us. This experience is not usually related to a memory slip. Instead, it’s most likely related to inattention or distraction. We often feel that we are forgetful in our everyday lives because we are distracted by the many things going on in our environment. We live in a bustling world with lots of demands and activity, not to mention our thoughts are always going going going! This means that our attention is being fragmented in many ways during our daily activities. Dividing your attention, or multi-tasking, makes it harder to be productive in each moment and can decrease the quality of each experience.
To increase your ability to pay attention and to remember what you are doing in each moment, it is important to focus on the present. Pay attention on purpose! Draw your attention to what you are doing in that moment and focus on one thing at a time. When you leave one room to get something from another room, say to yourself “I am going to get my book” or “I am going to look at the calendar.” Try not to distract yourself by making a pit-stop to do something else along the way. Be mindful and “in the moment” during each task as you complete it, rather than thinking of the next thing that you need to do, who you need to call, where you need to go and when. These thoughts create distraction and detract from your ability to focus and remember what you are working on in the present moment.
This simple mindfulness practice can help increase your mental clarity during your daily life and help you to be more efficient, productive, and feel calm in each activity that you do!