...paying your full devoted attention to a mundane activity you perform daily. Such as brushing your teeth. Really try to focus on every detail, the taste of the toothpaste, the texture of the brush or how your mouth moves. This is practicing mindfulness and will encourage your mind into the habit of being present. You can think of your own ideas and apply the same technique.
...stopping whatever you are doing (as long as safe to do so) when your consciousness allows you to, for just 5 seconds. It could be delaying answering the phone, not replying to an email or text, or simply just grabbing a moment for yourself. You will be amazed how quickly thoughts cease when you do this!
...getting out of your comfort zone by breaking a regular habit, it can be as small as walking home a different way. Choosing something different on the menu, listening to music you don't normally like or pretty much anything which is not usually your first choice. This allows us to remain open and is essential for being.
In certain traditions especially the Hindu lineage of Advaita Vedanta, it is said 'a spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies'. When meditating and inquiring into our true nature, we are faced with many distractions. To help not connect to these, try naming the disturbances rather than analysing them. For example, any noises, just state the word 'sound' or any mind tension, just state the word 'thoughts' or pain or pleasure, the word 'sensation'. This will enable you the practitioner not to elaborate a story and allow the arising and falling to happen naturally.
Sometimes we all get so focused on an object or sensation, which has it's advantages. However, can make us unaware of everything else that is happening. If you notice your focus becoming too tight, try to expand your awareness outwardly to include your peripheral awareness. For example; sounds such as nature, conversations or general noise of life. It is important to maintain a balance between these two aspects so that the mind can be trained and settle in a more united state of wholeness.