One glaring truth that I’ve come to accept is that the first thing I set my mind to in the morning determines my course for the day.
Specifically, if I take my phone out and check email and social media, my brain says “Good morning! Oh, we’re doing this today? Sweet! Release the dopamine!” Once I try to switch tasks after my second cup of coffee and my 100th refresh of Facebook my brain doesn’t know what’s going on.
“Why are you taking my dopamine? What are you doing?!? GIVE IT BACK!”
I imagine most people are not too different than I am. I’m confident in this because everyone is staring at their phones. Everywhere and always.
I’m not saying put away the internet or your phones, but I have noticed that the simple act of just not checking things online right away in the morning goes a long way to telling your brain who’s boss. If I fall down the internet rabbit hole first thing, I’ll spend the rest of the day struggling to climb back out.
For me, if I can sit down and start a task (like writing this post, for example) I find that it’s much easier throughout the day to focus.
Maybe the same is true for you.2