The biggest challenge people have today is trying to stay focused in this fast paced, technology driven world that demands our attention 24/7.
Both information overload and work overload are common.
It can be hard to keep your eyes on the task at hand when bouncing from one thing to the next and multi-tasking have become such an integral part of life.
Here are 4 simple yet Powerful Techniques that Will Help You Regain and Maintain Your Focus:
1. Focus on a single task at a time.
Confucius once said “The man who chases after two mice catches none” and this speaks volumes for the first step you need to take to regain your focus.
Instead of letting our minds tend to all the tasks that need to be done in a 24 hours period, we need to focus on one a single task at a time.
The reality is that the idea of multitasking being the way to success is a lie; it is a productivity nightmare!
2. Remove obvious distractions.
One of the biggest drains on our productivity day in and day out are all the distractions that sorround us.
Whether it is the constant phone calls, the email alerts, people stopping by the office, friends paying a visit, family asking for advice, or any other number of distractions, it is all killing your productivity.
To be more focused on your work, turn off all the devices – turn off the phone, log off of Facebook and Twitter, and tell people you need some alone time.
Take control of how you spend your time and choose where your focus and attention are. Removing distractions and reducing temptations is a great way to start focusing on the task at hand and to begin directing all your energy and attention to it.
Meditation can help you remove all distracitons. Here’s a free meditation mp3 to help you get started.
3. Classify your goals.
To maintain a clear focus you need to be clear about your goals and objectives.
- It will help you stay on track.
- It will motivate you to keep pressing on and to remain persistent when the hard times come and when you are running low on inspiration
It’s important to clarify your objectives so you have the motivation and drive to maintain the desire to keep working towards those goals and to further ensure that every task you take is taking you closer to that objective.
4. Calm your mind.
One of our biggest distractions you deal with is not the attention demanding technology or social media or human interaction – it is your own brain with thoughts racing through your mind.
Persistent thoughts of what we could or shroud be doing often (successfully) tempt us to shift focus away from the task we are working towards achieving.
Instead of doing the priority task of paying the bills before washing the dishes, your mind tells you that you have company coming over tomorrow so you should do the dishes, vacuum, and dust, then you can get to the bills later.
Don’t listen to that distracting voice and stick to your plan, because you know what is likely to happen- the dishes will get done, part of the vacuum or dusting will be done, and none of the bills will get paid.
With these steps in mind, you can begin to take back control and regain your focus again. You are the master of your own destiny and you can be more productive and focused once you know how to begin!
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