Staying focused despite many jammers

Easily I can be distracted by insufficient respect in my immediate environment. If I’m not careful, I lose focus. Respect means showing appreciation in the relationship. Every human being deserves respect. Not showing respect can happen very subtly. And so, I can become very subtly distracted. For everyone, it’s important to stay focused. So this week’s blog article is about staying focused despite many distractions.


One of the characteristics of the brain is that it can be easily distracted. Distraction partly relates to the survival mechanism: the brain likes to detect the possible danger early. This mechanism makes sense in unsafe situations. However, in many people, this mechanism works overtime. They are always on! They have developed habits that easily distract them, that make them less focused. These habits are their jammers. Jammers are stimuli -often from the outside- that disrupt you. That makes you less focused.


These jammers are also very sneaky. The jammers cause you to encourage your ineffective patterns. The jammers make it easy to go back into your old habits. Some old habits are fine, but some are not effective at all. Jammers make you more likely to hold on to your old patterns.

What are you most distracted by?

Bi-weekly we host a free webinar. In these webinars, I sometimes ask a question via mentimeter. Recently I asked the following question: what distracts you most? The answer varied: from corona to the issues of the day, from sounds to social media, and from email to conversation.
It is important to get to know your distractors. Is it the environment? Is it people? Is it about missing an overview? Is it about work pressure? Is it about your sense of security? It can be about so many things! And remember that you have developed a primary way of reacting for this, which you can observe and improve yourself so that it does not hinder your development.

Recognize your patterns

Valk Leadership works with the Brain&Mind approach. In this approach, we emphasize knowing how your brain works in general to then investigate and recognize how YOUR brain works. Your reaction to stimuli, causing you to work with less focus, can be found in the brain. This brain response is because the brain is neuroplastic. Your brain has adapted to your way of responding all this time. How you now deal with stimuli, which distract you from your concentration, is reflected in your brain. Your pattern can be seen as a neural network.

Develop new patterns

After discovering your patterns and how you deal with disturbances, you can also ensure more effective patterns because of this neuroplasticity. Developing new patterns is not so difficult, but it requires some perseverance. You can develop new neural pathways by practicing. You can see how you can develop new patterns in our video on neuroplasticity.

To conclude

A focused attitude will help you along. Your jammers won’t help you. The focus that helps you move forward in your work is the same focus you need to learn to deal with your jammers. So when you start practicing recognizing your jammers, you’re immediately doing an exercise that helps you develop concentration in general. Nice right?

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