How To Stay Focused
Have you ever had moments when simply told yourself I need to focus…
At such moments, you ask yourself…how?
How do I focus?
Staying focused is an act of the will.
The decision is completely yours.
The following tips will provide practical steps that will help you focus on things that matter the most to you and accomplish your goals.
1. Clearly Define Your Focus:
What do you want to achieve?
What is the goal that more than anything you really want to achieve.
Decide what is top priority to you and what you need to do to accomplish it.
Think about this:
You jumped into your car and drove around a neighborhood for an hour without really going anywhere. Just taking in the view and killing time.
What if you got into the car with a plan to visit your friend who lives an hour North of you. In an hour you could be knocking on your friend’s door.
What’s the difference?
One scenario, you had no goal, you were just driving around, while in the second scenario you had a destination in mind.
You can not focus without clearly defining what you want to focus on. Take out a note pad or your journal and clearly define what you want to focus on.
2. Get Rid Of Distractions :
We all have distractions around us. Sometimes these distractions are essential tools in our lives .
Examples are emails or social media.
These tools definitely add value to daily lives but need to be controlled to get things done.
There are times you might have to stay off social media as you focus on what you want to get done.
There are other times it may suffice to allocate a specific time in your day to take care of those activities that ordinarily might take the whole day from you.
3. Learn To Say “No”:
There are times it is absolutely vital to your success to say NO
Opportunities may come that you will have to turn down.
Because it will distract you from what accomplishing what you have prioritized
People may come around to ask you for favors but you must learn to say NO.
Like I once heard someone say ” If you do not have a plan for your life, people who have plans for theirs will help you spend or waste your time.”
I remember college days, there were some students who will go into hiding when they want to study.
No one knows where or when they study, but when they are ready to take a short break from their study they come around to chat with people trying to study.
These students tend to lead the class and it took a while for people to catch on to their style.
Once people caught on to their style, they simply ignore them when they come around for a chat during exam preps.
No matter what your goal is, you can accomplish it if you make it your priority.
Athletes always come to mind when I think about focus. When an athlete is on the field, there are so many distractions.
People that are cheering them on, people who are calling out to them and people who are booing them.
It does not matter to the athlete what the crowd is doing. One thing is priority to the athlete and that is the game.
They focus exclusively on the game
Be like an athlete, focus on your game, it does not matter what type of distraction lurks around.
Be determined to focus on your game and accomplish your goals.
You can do it so go for it!!