How to stay focused?
In today’s world, we’re always distracted. You probably know that feeling – you start working on something and the next thing you know, you’re scrolling through Facebook and watching videos on YouTube.
I completely understand you.
We’re living in the Information Age. But sometimes that information is killing our focus, and we’re not able to do things we should.
I love what Cal Newport said in his book ‘Deep Work‘
He said, ‘’The law of productivity may thus be stated as High-quality work produced = (Time spent) X (Intensity of focus).’’
So, if we’re not focused, then we’re not productive. Think of it this way: To get things done you can work on it for 8 hours (9-5 job) while being unfocused or you can work 2 hours while being highly focused. Whether you agree or not, it all comes down to being focused.
The ability to focus is actually becoming very rare. There are thousands of searches every month on how to be more productive, how to stay focused and how to stop procrastinating. And these numbers are growing every month.
How to focus better? Let’s dive in.
How To Stay Focused: 5 Steps To Boosting Your Concentration:
1. Start with your goals
”I already knew this!”
But let me ask you, do you set goals for yourself?
Maybe you do, but you’re doing it the wrong way.
Take a piece of paper and write down all of your goals for today. Then write down for each of your goal ”WHY” – Why you want to do that? What’s the reason? Is it important to you? What’s the end game goal?
You have to shift thinking from ‘’I have to do this task’’ to ‘’This is my reason why I’m doing it.’’
If there is no real reason for doing it – you will be unfocused, because there is no end game goal. But if your task has a purpose, you’re more likely to do it and stay focused.
Always start with your why and have an endgame goal in your mind.
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Alright, you have your to-do list, your WHY, and you’re ready to do work. Not so fast.
Let me ask you, how long is your list? Probably long, right?
You have all these tasks, you sit down, and don’t really know which to choose to start with. That itself creates confusion.
Now, take your paper and pick two of the most important tasks. Ignore the rest. Out of those two, randomly pick one and start with that and ignore the second one until you have finished the first task.
3. Eliminate distractions
How to focus better? Eliminate distractions!
I want you to take a new piece of paper and write down 5 distractions that hold you back. And I want you to keep that paper in front of you whenever you’re doing something.
This paper will be your reminder, and each time you catch yourself being unfocused, take that paper and write down what was the reason.
- Browsing through the internet
- Friend called me
- Message on WhatsApp
4. Tools that will help you stay focused
Here are two tools that will help you to be more focused:
Tomato Timer: The Pomodoro Technique can help you to get things done, and be more focused while taking frequent breaks to relax.
Headspace: Research suggests that regular meditation can significantly improve focus and help sustain attention.
Also, classical music might be a good choice, as it can tend to calm the nerves and help you focus.
You can also turn your phone off completely.
Here are some books that will massively improve your focus & productivity:
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
- Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
5. Start of small
You don’t have to be perfect.
If it seems difficult at first, remember, over time it’s going to get easier, and your ability to stay focused is going to improve.
”Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts…. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day–if you live long enough–most people get what they deserve. ”
– Charlie Munger
Share your tips on how to stay focused in the comment section.
Success is not the result of IQ, formal education, or luck.
To succeed in your journey, you need a new mindset, a new skill-set, and new habits. Everyone gets results from their actions.
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