Lately I’ve been experimenting with a bit of a mind-fuck – Focusing on my focus.
What Does That Even Mean?
Sounds crazy, this focusing on focus business, right? But hear me out – I noticed that this slight mental shift has really made a difference in my work. Indeed I’d go as far to say that it is the key thing to focus on if you have problems with your concentration.
But what does focusing on focus mean anyway? Well what I do is simply shift my awareness from the task I’m doing to what I’m focused on. I get into a state of mind where I notice when my focus shift and my concentration breaks. When you notice it right away, you can immediately correct it. Which leads to improved focus, naturally, since you simply shift back into focused state as soon as you lose it. Eventually you just get used to being focused. That being said, I just presume it goes like that, I’m definitely not there yet.
However the immediate effect is already some improvement to how well you stay focused – that’s the beauty of it. You aren’t directly focused on work, instead you are focused on how well you are focused on your work – as a side effect you stay very focused on work. In the end it is the old lifting the awareness into a higher level kind of thing.
It’s All So Tollesque
I know that’s not a word. But in many ways this is the same stuff that Eckhart Tolle teaches, just in a more actionable and practical format. Tolle, if you are not familiar with his stuff, always talks about being present to the moment, aware, and “watching the watcher” so to speak. Focusing on focus is exactly that – watching the watcher, just expressed in different words.
So besides just making you focus better, the whole concept makes you more present to the moment as well.
Can Anyone Do This?
I wish I knew – like most of my blog posts, this is just one of those half-baked, mostly untested ideas that I’ve not really shared with anyone – even if, in many ways, it is just a rewording of Tolle’s more refined idea. I always try to approach my posts from the paradigm “would my 20-year-old self get anything out of this?” and I would be inclined to say that my 20-year-old self would definitely try this one out.
That’s what I suggest you do too. It might be hard to grasp what I exactly even mean with this whole thing – as the difference between just focusing and focusing on the focus is very subtle – but if you can grasp it go for it. You might be surprised with the results.
Does it sound like I’ve gone off the deep end? Or does it make sense? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.