How Your Shower Can Help You Focus

Learning how to focus better can reap untold rewards. But it’s hard to find time for it in our busy lives. Now you can boost your awareness just by making a few small changes to your shower routine.

Close your eyes (yes, I know you can’t read the rest of the instructions if your eyes are closed – read all of the instructions and then close your eyes).

If you are sitting at your desk, think of an object that is on the desk and within reach. With your eyes closed, reach for the object. See how close you can come to connecting with the object on your first try.

If this proves too easy, then pick a smaller object or one a little farther away. But more likely than not, you had to feel around a bit for the object. Either - without being able to see it - it was farther away than you thought, or a little to the right or left, or below your hand, so you didn’t immediately make contact.

To connect with and pick up the object, you need to develop a refined sense of spatial awareness. You need to be aware of where your body is, the space surrounding your body, the approximate distance and direction of the object from your body, and the object’s size and shape. You then need to be aware of the distance your hand travels through space and its relative distance from the object until you connect with it.

Why is Spatial Awareness Important?

What does spatial awareness have to do with mental focus? Well – everything.

You can connect with an object with your eyes closed only if you are simultaneously highly aware of your body and your environment, and your mind is quiet enough to notice the various spatial and sensory signals that will enable you to connect.

By developing a better sense of spatial awareness, you will find it easier to focus in general. In fact, the next time you are trying to work on a project but your mind keeps wandering off, try this:

Stop and focus on the space of your body and the space surrounding your body. Become super-aware of the spatial relationship between your body and the floor, your chair, your desk or any other nearby objects, as well as the walls and ceiling of the room (or visible landmarks if you are outside).