When it comes to managing attention there are two rules;
1. Focus on what you choose
2. Choose your distractions mindfully
Sounds simple? Maybe, but it’s not necessarily easy!
By taking a step back and implementing some strategic tools it is possible to feel more in control of your time and energy. There really is nothing more important – what each of us attends to moment by moment becomes our reality.
We battle against large corporations moment by moment in the bid for our attention.
In four, three, two, one… the next show will auto-play — even if it’s not really what you wanted to do with your time. Although as a society, we are deeply invested in our health, and biohacking ways to constantly improve. We know the importance of nutrition, exercise, and sleep to our wellbeing yet life doesn’t need to become a checklist of tasks.
Happy thoughts = healthy cells
I’d like to introduce the concept digital nutrition. It is just as, or actually more important than what goes in your mouth?
Recent science has proved the impact of our thoughts on our cells, sad thoughts create sad cells, joyful thoughts – well can you guess? Healthy cells.
The emotional rollercoaster of your insta feed or the fright of that horror movie is harder to digest than uplifting content.
Your thoughts come from your emotions, and your emotions come from the information you consume moment to moment. As Deepak Chopra says, ‘Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you’.
This may seem obvious but it’s a worthwhile exercise to track where your attention is. What we consume truly makes us who we are, true self-care is being mindful of every experience encountered by our bodies and our minds.
Track your information consumption
Let’s put the choice back in our hands. Take 10 minutes now and start to audit the information you consume on a daily basis. You can download the free information audit here and complete it all in one go or for best results audit yourself every day for a week. Commit to keeping track and when you see the results it’s time to make the changes you need to.
Paying attention moment by moment is not easy in a world of distraction, but with practice, it gets easier. Your time and your energy are very much worth it. Get curious and enjoy the messy, uncomfortable yet very much worth it process of change.