One issue that plagues all of us today is distractions. It’s harder and harder to stay focused. Also, most people think they’re great at multitasking. I know I thought this. However, science does not back that idea up. In fact, some test results suggest that multitasking is an illusion and stunts productivity more than you think.
Follow these 10 tips on how to stay focused. Remember, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. You’re not special. But, you can be special by acknowledging that, and finding ways to focus on one thing at a time.
How To Stay Focused Tip #1 – Eliminate Distractions
Facebook, social media, Television, Netflix, your telephone, the doorbell and kids can all be a big distraction from accomplishing your goals, following through, and staying motivated. If you think you can do more than one thing at a time and do it well you’re fooled. You can’t. Find a way to eliminate distractions when you’re focused on a task. Even if the task is watching a movie, you’ll enjoy it more, get more out of it, and feel more relaxed if you only focus on just that one thing.
How To Stay Focused Tip #2 – Take Up Meditation
For some reason, it’s hard to make their mind focus on one thing at a time. Studies have shown that meditation can help. If you can meditate for even five minutes before doing the task, it will help you become more focused on what you need to do. Even just staring at one object without any distractions for one minute can help you focus on what you need to get done.
How To Stay Focused Tip #3 – Get Healthy
Sometimes a lack of focus is directly related to not being healthy. Try to eat right, drink plenty of water, exercise, and sleep enough hours at night. If you’re not doing that, you will tend to peter out faster and lose your focus. You may as well give yourself the best chance of success by staying healthy.
How To Stay Focused Tip #4 – Stick to Your Task List
Once you set up your task list you should be able to open your calendar and see what you need to do that day. Your list should include work, family, and leisure activity. The task list should include everything you’re going to do that day. That includes cooking dinner, cleaning up, working, and everything else. For some, it helps to go so far as to include cuddle time with your spouse or kids.
Stay Focused Tip #5 – Take Breaks
One thing people often forget to put into their calendar is break time. If you fill your schedule so full that you don’t have time to use the bathroom, you’re going to have a hard time staying motivated.
How To Stay Focused Tip #6 – Schedule Everything
This has been mentioned more than once because it’s essential to your success. The better you are at putting everything into your schedule the better you’ll be able to determine smartly whether you have time to do something or not. Looking at your calendar before saying yes will help you avoid distractions that cause you to lose your focus.
How To Stay Focused Tip #7 – Compartmentalize
One thing that some people are good at doing, and others aren’t is compartmentalizing. What this means is that when you’re working, work. When you’re with your family be with your family. When you’re writing the next Great Best-Selling Novel, write. When you’re done, brush it off and move on to the next thing.
How To Stay Focused Tip #8 – Set Up a Good Environment
No matter what you want to accomplish in your life, setting up the right environment to the best of your ability will help you follow through and succeed. Motivation isn’t a magical resource. Motivation comes after you succeed. The memory of that feeling will propel you forward in every goal you have, but first, you need to stick to something long enough to experience that feeling. You do that by having the right environment and following a task list to completion.
How To Stay Focused Tip #9 – Let Yourself Be Bored
Always put some down time into your calendar. Not TV time, not playtime with your kids, but true “there is nothing whatsoever that I have to do in this time slot” time. Having free time when you can choose to do whatever you want is the best thing you can do for your mind, body, and spirit.
How To Stay Focused Tip #10 – Stick to Your Timeline
Once you put something your calendar it should be considered set in stone. The only tie that should change is in matters of illness, life or death.
Being able to stay focused is essential to your ability to follow through and stay motivated no matter what you’re working on. The Fast Track to Getting Motivated and Achieving Your Goals will help you get motivated and achieve your goals. It includes Motivational Blocks and Getting Past Them, Planning for Your Dream Life, Setting Your Goals and Creating a Plan to Achieve Them and Following Through and Staying Motivated.