Improve Your Focus

Are you someone who struggles to maintain concentration when tackling important tasks? Do you find your mind constantly wandering, even when you’re trying your hardest to stay on track? If so, you’re not alone. In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, maintaining laser-sharp focus has become a real challenge for many of us.

As an avid golfer who’s spent countless hours practicing my swing and perfecting my game at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, I know firsthand how crucial focus and concentration are to performing at your best. That’s why I’m excited to share with you some tried-and-true strategies for improving your focus – whether you’re on the golf course, in the office, or just trying to get through your daily to-do list.

Tune in to the Present Moment

One of the most effective ways to boost your focus is to practice mindfulness – that is, being fully present and engaged in the current moment. [1] As neuropsychologist Kim Willment of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital explains, “Mindfulness is about focusing attention on the present moment, and practicing mindfulness has been shown to rewire the brain so that attention is stronger in everyday life.”

To incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, Willment recommends setting aside a few minutes each day to sit still, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing and the sensations around you. [1] This simple exercise can help train your brain to stay anchored in the present, rather than letting your mind wander to the past or future.

Embrace the Power of Single-Tasking

In our always-on, multi-tasking world, it can be tempting to try and juggle a million things at once. But research shows that this approach is actually counterproductive when it comes to maintaining focus. [2] Instead, Willment suggests trying a “single-task exercise” like reading for 30 minutes, with a timer that goes off every 5 minutes to check if your mind has wandered.

“By training your brain to monitor if your mind is wandering, you strengthen the monitoring process and the ability to maintain focus on a single task,” Willment explains. [2] So, the next time you’re feeling pulled in a million directions, try dedicating yourself fully to one task at a time – it may just be the key to unlocking your most productive self.

Fuel Your Focus with a Healthier Lifestyle

While mental exercises like mindfulness and single-tasking can certainly help boost your focus, don’t underestimate the power of physical and lifestyle factors as well. [2] Things like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a brain-nourishing diet can all have a direct impact on your ability to concentrate.

As the experts at BetterUp point out, “There is a direct link between exercise and cognitive ability, especially attention. When you exercise, you increase the availability of brain chemicals that promote new brain connections, reduce stress, and improve sleep.” [2] And when we sleep, our brains have the chance to recharge and clear out harmful proteins – all of which can enhance our focus and mental clarity.

So, if you’re struggling to stay on task, take a look at your lifestyle habits. Are you getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night? Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week? And are you fueling your body with a nutritious, Mediterranean-style diet? [2] Making even small improvements in these areas can pay big dividends when it comes to your ability to focus.

Train Your Brain with Cognitive Exercises

In addition to mindfulness, single-tasking, and healthy lifestyle choices, there’s another powerful tool in the focus-boosting arsenal: cognitive training games and exercises. [2] While the evidence on their long-term benefits is mixed, these brain-challenging activities can still be a valuable way to hone your attention and concentration skills.

The key, according to Willment, is to “progressively push the person to higher levels of performance.” [2] In other words, the goal isn’t just to get better at the games themselves, but to steadily increase the difficulty and challenge your brain in new ways. Over time, this can translate to improved focus and attention in your everyday life.

So, whether it’s a classic brain teaser, a memory-based game, or a speed-and-accuracy challenge, incorporating regular cognitive training into your routine could be just the mental workout your focus needs.

Putting it All Together

Improving your focus and concentration may not happen overnight, but by incorporating a multi-pronged approach – from mindfulness and single-tasking to healthy lifestyle habits and brain-boosting exercises – you can rewire your brain and build the mental muscle you need to tackle any task with laser-sharp attention.

And remember, the benefits of improved focus extend far beyond just your work or studies. Being able to stay present and engaged can also enhance your enjoyment of hobbies like golf, enrich your relationships, and simply make everyday life feel more fulfilling and rewarding.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your clubs, head to Eagle Ridge Golf Club, and get ready to take your focus – and your game – to the next level. [3] With a little dedication and the right strategies, you’ll be hitting the sweet spot in no time.


[1] Willment, K. (2022). Tips to improve concentration. Harvard Health Publishing.

[2] BetterUp. (2023). 15 ways to improve your focus and concentration skills.

[3] Eagle Ridge Golf Club. (n.d.). Home.

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