One of the easiest and fastest ways to get a new habit established is to create a story around it. That’s why I love metaphors so much! They make it really easy to explain stuff to people, they are easy to remember, and they make changing habits so much smoother.
Metaphors make intangible things like “focus” become more “real” in a unique and practical way.
So here is one of my favorite metaphors for improving your focus and concentration!
Think of the amount of focus you give to a task as being comparable to the volume setting on a radio which can be adjusted anywhere from “0” to “10”.
A setting of “0” indicates you have the volume turned down so low you can’t hear what’s being broadcast.
A “10” indicates you can loudly, clearly, and comfortably hear everything coming through.
Having a reference point – particularly one that stimulates one of your senses, in this case hearing – will give you a way to monitor your level of focus and more easily recognize when you need to make adjustments.
Using this technique-
The next time you are actively and passionately involved in some task, stop and notice how it feels in your body. Pay particular attention to the sensations in your stomach and lungs. Believe it or not, these areas of your body are extremely sensitive to fluctuations in your level of interest in an activity.
The way it feels to you when you are passionately “in the zone” is the equivalent of a “10” on your focus volume dial!
To make the association really stand out to you, compare the way you feel when you are doing a boring or uninteresting task to the way you feel when you are really enjoying what you’re doing. Notice how your stomach and lungs feel when you are really bored and disinterested. This is a setting of “0” on your focus volume dial.
You can make this technique work for you if you make it a habit to notice of how high your focus volume is set while you’re performing any task. You’ll need more focus for tasks that are less interesting and require more attention to detail.
Ways to “turn up the volume”-
When you notice that you’re losing concentration, remind yourself that you need to “turn up the volume” on your “focusing radio”!!
When you need to “turn up the volume” use one of the RAS Stimulators or Dopamine Dosers I shared in my guide FOCUS Strategies for Women with ADHD, A Proven System to Stay Attentive, on Target and in Control. You can get a copy on the homepage of my website if you haven’t gotten it yet.
Try this radio volume metaphor to “ramp up” your focus and let me know how it works for you! Leave me a comment below!