Lack of focus can sabotage your life in ways you may not suspect. It can affect your mental and physical health, your ability to do your job well, plus put severe strain on relationships (personal and professional).
Severe and continued lack of focus can indicate serious problems such as depression or ADD/ADHD which can affect adults as well as children.
I am happy to report, however, that most people who suffer from lack of focus are struggling with temporary conditions that are affecting their ability and can be treated.
Acknowledge the Problem
First step is to acknowledge that something is going on that is affecting your ability to focus, which can cause even bigger problems if you don’t do something to improve the situation. It can make the difference between success and failure.
For example, if you’re finding it difficult to focus at work, you may not get that raise or promotion – and worse case scenario, you could lose your job.
Let’s look at five common ways that lack of focus can sabotage your life:
- Poor Health – Lack of focus not only affects your mental health, it can also affect you physically. Your energy may decrease, which makes it difficult to do anything including taking care of yourself. You may stop exercising and preparing/eating healthy meals, which make you more susceptible to illness – both long and short term.
- Fatigue – Lack of focus and continual flitting from one thing to another with no real results can cause severe fatigue. Because of the fatigue, you may begin sleeping more than you should or have bouts of insomnia so that you wake up tired. It may come to the point that it’s difficult to function normally.
- Procrastination – An inability to focus can lead to procrastination. It is easier to put things off than to try to focus. This, in turn, causes high anxiety and increases your stress levels. It can become a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
- Inability to Cope – When you suffer from lack of focus, you may feel mentally exhausted and unable to cope with the simplest aspects of daily life. Mental exhaustion can also keep you from achieving deadlines at work or concentrating on difficult, complicated tasks.
- Depression – This is the extreme, but it can happen. When you cannot accomplish what you need and want to accomplish, your mental well-being deteriorates. It can make you extremely unhappy in both your personal and business life. You become discouraged and filled with worry and regret. It is impossible to live in the moment or to focus on daily tasks and responsibilities. Instead you spend hours on mindless activities and fall into deeper and deeper depression.
It can cause problems in every area of your life. Relationships can be greatly affected because your thoughts are scattered, it’s hard to connect, you may be more irritable, impatient, and forgetful. Your personality may even change.
Bad Habit or Health Issue
For some, lack of focus is nothing more than a bad habit that can be difficult to break. But, there are ways to overcome the problem and regain your concentration powers. There are many online sites that can help . . . but, if the problem persists, gets worse, or if you are struggling with even mild depression – do not ignore it – talk to a qualified health provider.