Let’s face it: the world is an overwhelming place. From social media the news outlets, we are bombarded with more stimuli than ever before. We can’t help feeling as though we’re running on empty when we try to focus on one thing at a time. With so many distractions around us, it can be hard to prioritize what matters most in our lives and find our focus. But there are ways to help you regain control over your life and focus on what’s important!
What I’ve learned about staying focused.
I’ve learned a lot about focus.
- Focus is a skill. It’s something you can learn and hone, like golf or how to play the piano. You might be able to get away with not practicing for a while, but if you do it for long enough, your skills will atrophy and get rusty.
- Focus is a habit. It’s something that needs to be repeated often before it becomes ingrained in your everyday routine—like brushing your teeth or putting on shoes before leaving the house in the morning (or even more mundane things).
- Focus is hard work (at least at first), but once you get into the habit of focusing on one thing at a time for longer periods of time, it becomes easier over time—kind of like lifting weights does for building muscle strength!
- There are many ways of staying focused: listening to music while working; making sure there’s no TV or other distractions around; shutting off notifications on your phone/computer; attending meetings where people keep asking questions; keeping track of how much progress has been made toward goals each day…
Surround yourself with the right people.
At the end of the day, you are who you surround yourself with. You’ve probably heard this before, but I can assure you it is true. Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive and ambitious and driven and talented—and those are just a few of the qualities that make for good company! If your friends or family members don’t have these qualities then they might be holding you back from achieving all that your mind can conceive.
Find your more.
This is your more. Your more is the thing that you want to do, but aren’t doing right now because of the work that needs to be done in order for it to come true. Finding your more will help you find focus, which will help you achieve what matters most to you.
If finding your more sounds complicated or scary, don’t worry! We’ve got a handy guide on how to do just that: How To Find Your More (And Focus).
Cultivate a personal mission.
You might be familiar with the concept of a personal mission or vision statement. A personal mission is essentially a statement of your values and beliefs, as well as your goals in life. It’s a set of principles that guide your actions and serve as an anchor for staying focused on what matters most to you. Before you do anything else, take some time to craft a clear and concise personal mission statement for yourself.
A great example would be: “My mission is to grow my business by helping others create positive change.” This can be used as an anchor when making decisions about your work, what clients and projects to take on, etc., so it’s important not just to write this down but also live by it every day!
Practice intentional distraction (yes, really).
If you’re like me, and have the tendency to stay focused on your work until it’s done, this idea could seem a bit strange. But let’s look at it from another perspective: what if we can purposefully use distraction as a tool? What if we can be intentional about when and where we allow ourselves to get distracted?
The truth is that every one of us needs some time away from our goals. We’re human, after all! So why not do something fun for a few minutes every day or so? Remember that not everything in life has to contribute directly toward achieving our current goals—in fact, many things in life are best enjoyed when they aren’t directly related to those goals at all! I personally find myself needing these breaks quite often; my brain gets tired from focusing on the same tasks over and over again for hours on end (and there’s only so much TV someone can watch!).
Staying focused and being productive don’t have to be impossible, you just have to know how to do it.
While it may seem like a natural skill, being able to focus is a learned skill. If you want to be more productive and get more done in your day, then you’re going to have to learn how to master this skill.
The first step towards improving your ability is recognizing that focusing on one thing at a time and not getting distracted by outside distractions doesn’t happen naturally for everyone. It’s not something that comes naturally or easily for most people and takes practice in order for them to improve their skills at it.
When you find yourself struggling with focus during the day, try taking a moment before jumping into whatever task you’re working on so that you can evaluate what’s really important for today instead of letting things creep into your day without thought or intentionality (or even worse – being pulled away from what matters).
We live in a fast-paced society, but that doesn’t mean you have to work at a frantic pace. It can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of tasks that seem urgent and important, but it’s important to remember how these actions will impact your life in the long run.