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If you want to improve or increase your focus, you need to learn to deal with the distractions in your life, and here’s how:
It’s important to start with a good base for your focus as you learn how to avoid distraction. This means figuring out exactly why you need to focus in the first place.
Deciding what your ultimate goal is will help you dedicate yourself to learning how to focus.
In the morning, before your workday begins, dedicate a few minutes to managing your schedule.
If you have 20 tasks you need done every day, how effective do you think your focus ability will be?
Slower is much better than giving up early because you took on too much, too soon.
In order to make sure you get those 2 to 3 tasks done, you need to do them early in order to stay focused on the task without feeling overwhelmed.
It’s tough, but waiting to do them later only invites distraction to take over. Those distractions will inevitably come in the form of unexpected emails, social media, a child that needs your attention, or coworkers who need a helping hand on their projects.
Most goals will at least take a few weeks to months to accomplish, and knowing that can make it feel like it’ll take too long to do.
This will cause you to do one of two things:
Either is terrible for your focus and always a potential problem when focusing on the big picture or using visualization. Instead, focus on doing a very small, minimum amount of work.
There is a proper way of using visualization, and it’s by visualizing yourself actually working.
Champion runners use this technique to great effect, usually by working backwards. They imagine themselves winning at first, and then they act out the whole process in reverse, feeling and visualizing each step all the way to the beginning.
A quicker and more relevant way to apply this would be to imagine yourself doing a small part of the task at hand.
All you need to do is apply this process to whatever it is you need to focus on.
Internal distractions are one of those problems you can’t really run away from. You need to find ways to prepare your mind for work, and find simple ways to keep it from straying to non-essential thoughts in order to learn how to not get distracted.
There are a few types of internal distractions:
This tip is a bit more straightforward as it requires you to simply distance yourself physically from things that are causing distractions:
Focus your attention on what you can do to keep working “mindlessly” at all costs. All this means is that you should focus on the easy parts first.
Eventually, you can come back to the more difficult parts, and hopefully by then it’ll have come to you or you’ll have built up enough momentum that it won’t break your focus if you work on it.
There are a few focus exercises you can do to improve your overall discipline.
Momentum is like a discipline lubricant‒it helps ease the process of sticking with goals.
This means each and every day, we need to do something to further our goals (yes, even weekends and holidays). I don’t necessarily mean a big task, but rather, any task that brings us closer to our goals.
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Don’t get distracted. Instead, use some of the tips below to win back your focus and overcome distractions. Your productivity will thank you.
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