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The Fight for Focus: 4 Practical Steps

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Read up about the daily routines of other CEOs, sports stars, etc.

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The Fight for Focus: 4 Practical Steps

The Fight for Focus: 4 Practical Steps

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Build & Track Habits

Use an app to get you into the routine of doing certain activities daily and weekly.

At first, it might feel silly to write day-to-day tasks down in an app, but the process of ticking them off and tracking your progress helps to get you into a routine.

15-minute Mind Exercises

If you find your mind frequently jumping around, an app can be life-changing to help you focus.

It can train you to notice when your mind is wandering, and help you to get back on track.

‘Deep Working’

The modern working environment is making our ability to focus on a huge issue: Open-plan offices, social media, etc.

When you need to do deep work, remove the distractions and work on a single task. The task will get done quicker and to a higher quality.

How much time you should spend on deep work will depend on your job.

E-mail discipline

E-mail can destroy your focus.

  • Turn off e-mail notifications on your work computer, so that you are in control of when to look at e-mails.
  • Schedule a time in the morning to reply to e-mails from the previous day.
  • E-mails that require a speedy reply are highlighted and get attended to on the same day.
  • Ditch social media during the day.

Find What Works for You

Read up about the daily routines of other CEOs, sports stars, etc.

You might not find an exact routine to suit you, but you might find some amazing ideas to use for your own life.

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Prioritizing tasks at work involves getting all your tasks and commitments in one place.  Take a piece of paper and make a list of everything you need to get done. Questions to help you:

  • Do you have commitments to others like your boss, partner, kids, or clients?
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