How to stop being clumsy?
You spilled a glass of milk or wine. You sit down to study your notes or read an important memo but you find yourself disengaged. If this is happening to you, then you might have victimized by clumsiness.
Clumsiness affects your ability to attend to important task, response and reaction time, and concentration. If not managed, your productivity dwindles drastically.
The good news is that there are ways you can easily use to tune yourself. You can take total control over your life. In this post, I will be sharing with you the steps on how to stop being clumsy.
1. Know when to take a break
Stress is not totally detrimental to performance. In fact, it can boost concentration, focus, and creativity. However, too much stress negatively affects not only on one’s physical but also psychological health.
If you are a person working in a toxic job, you maybe have come to a point where you think you hit your breaking point. For most people, that’s the moment to give up. But the reality is that stress is an outcome of imbalance.
What I mean by this is that you may be focusing too much on your work without taking care of your health. You don’t have to quit your job especially if you rely on it. What you need is a break.
Take a walk or engage in physical activities. Spending time with mother nature is a good idea. Enjoy the green surroundings. Take a deep breath and meditate. The fresh air will help calm your mind. Ultimately, it will fix your clumsiness.
2. Train your mind
As mentioned, clumsiness negatively affects focus, attention, memory, and reaction time. The key to avoiding it is mind training. Train your mind to stay sharp. There are many ways you can do to attain this goal.
For instance, there are free online apps you can use online to improve your memory, reaction time, focus, and attention. You are not the only person affected by stress. Clumsiness is something you can manage.
3. Develop mental toughness
Clumsiness happens when you allow it. It becomes an automatic behavior. The best way to curtail clumsiness is through building mental toughness. Learn to control all your actions. Pay attention to every detail of the task. Anticipate every possibility.
Be mindful of your acts. This is not easy at first. But as you practice every day, it will become easier.
4. Think ahead
If you want to learn how to stop being clumsy, learn how to think ahead. Accidents happen as fast as a blink of an eye. But you can avoid it by anticipating what could possibly happen.
For instance, if you are walking on a wet floor, you need to be very cautious on every step. Slow down and make sure that you are stepping on the right point. This is true to all daily situations. If you are crossing the street, ask yourself if it is appropriate to attend to a cellphone’s message.
5. Avoid multitasking
Multitasking is not effective. It will only lead to clumsiness and mistakes. This is the reason why most students who cram end up gaining a failing grade. Or, unable to beat a deadline.
The reason why multitasking is not effective is that the brain cannot attend to multiple tasks at a single point in time. So if you are texting while crossing the street, you are prone to accident.
Define your priorities. Know what is it that needed to be done at a single point in time. Follow your schedule and you’ll be more productive than ever.
6. Develop patience and perseverance
Stopping clumsiness requires patience and perseverance. Like any other behavioral modification, it takes time and constant practice. Perseverance will get you going in times when going gets tough.
Patience is one of the most important virtue to achieve success. Commit to the process and follow your goal to the end. So be patient.
7. Have enough sleep
Sleep is very important in gaining focus, attention, and better memory. During sleep, the brain converts the short term memory into long term memory. This process is commonly known as consolidation.
This is the reason why a sleep-deprived person may struggle in attention-demanding tasks. Have enough sleep regularly.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.