We have all experienced those times of lost focus shortly after beginning a task. It feels natural to begin a task all gung-ho, ready to take on whatever happens and prepared to give it our all, but then... We soon begin to lose focus, letting our eyes glaze over as our minds begin to wander toward the upcoming weekend and allow our muscle memory to take over rather than actively participating in the task.
The trick is to stay curious. If we're constantly searching for an answer to something, there's no way that we will grow bored so easily. In the same way that children are able to keep themselves endlessly entertained, maintaining a sense of wonder allows them and us to access a part of our minds otherwise unavailable to us in everyday activity.
It's crucial to be inspired by what we do in order to find reasons to continue our actions. We should always be asking questions and looking for new discoveries--even in things we've done a million times. While daily tasks do have a tendency to become extremely boring, we can get around being disenchanted by simply remembering why we are doing it in the first place.
We should ask ourselves questions to keep the end goal in mind such as, "Who's counting on my finishing this project?" or "Would I be putting such lackluster effort into this if I were doing the task for fun?" or "How can I complete this task differently?" Sometimes, when an assignment is an obligation, we mentally trick ourselves into thinking that it's immediately less enjoyable than something that is our own choice to begin with. Don't psych yourself out of having a good time--even if it's something that you didn't choose yourself.
Finding a positive, curious attitude throughout our work day gives us the chance to put our best efforts--and foot--forward. It also leaves us interested, focused, and wanting to work efficiently to complete the task to the best of our abilities.
So, next time you find your thoughts straying, check in with yourself and ask the questions above so you can get back on the right track. You might find you don't even want to or have the time to daydream--as much.