Have you ever desired to do anything in your life but had a consistent feeling of lacking something essential so you couldn’t achieve your desire?
Well, that feeling of lack can be many things but it usually is a lack of focus.
Think about it.
Lack of focus is the most common killer of making thingS happen.
Whenever you decide to work on a project, you are starting it and after 20-30 minutes someone calls you on your phone, or maybe you’ve received an interesting e-mail from someone you know, what about Facebook? Instagram? Snapchat?… etc.
There are many things that you could do anytime and anywhere but doing everything that’s not important for you, will only get you distracted.
So, let’s get into how to actually get to stay focused.
- Focus as a practice:
Focus can be trained like any other muscle and meditation is the best way to practice focus and that’s because you can literally do it anytime, anywhere. It’s important to find some time daily to meditate for at least 5 minutes a day if you want to get into the habit of being more focused.
Here’s how I do it:
Usually, I meditate in the morning after waking up by closing my eyes and turning my focus to my breath and then start counting my inhale and exhale. After doing this for at least 4-5 minutes, my mind is serene and ready to start doing things.
2. Turn off your distractions
Just close your phone if you know that you’re going to get messages and if you’re going to be distracted by facebook messages or others.
As simple as it sounds, it’s more complicated than it actually is, right?
That’s because it is already in your habit to have the phone besides you or you’re already in the habit of checking facebook every once in a while.
These kinds of habits are eating away your energy and focus.
They do nothing more but waste your focus and energy, you can always make time for facebook or other people, but you’ve got to limit that time to stay focused on what you really desire.
3. The rule of “three”
Always plan your day ahead with a rule of three, meaning that you’ve always got three most important things to achieve in that day.
The best way to do this is with a piece of paper and a pen.
Just write down all the things that you’ve gotta do in that day and then choose three most important things to achieve, take that paper with you wherever you go and always start with the hardest thing from that list.
After practicing this for a while, you’ll get to know how much you can achieve in one day and you’ll see changes in your behavior and productivity.
4. Kill multi-tasking
Multi-tasking can really hurt your productivity and focus.
I hear a lot of my friends saying “I can multi-task easily, I do it all the time!”
You simply can’t multi-task, your brain isn’t made for that, there are many researches and resources that tried to explain this and the most powerful and resourceful one is a bestseller book – ” The One Thing – Gary W. Keller ” in which the author also stated that: “Multitasking is a lie”.
5. Build a mindset for focus
Many successful entrepreneurs and scientists have found out that by having a special mindset, you can literally achieve anything that you want to achieve.
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart
like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain
unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget
food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”
~ Nikola Tesla
Can you see the pattern here?
Always have in mind what you want to achieve, but have it in your mind because by achieving it, you’re fulfilling your purpose and you get to feel something better than anything else.
Alright guys, I’ll end it here, but if you want to research more about the subject, here are some sources that might assist you:
Author: Axentioi Alexandru