In a popular post of mine Double Your Focus With One Tip I suggested one simple task that would increase one of the most precious resources. No, not money, I'm talking about focus. Focus is the driving force that leads to increases in productivity, time, money, love, happiness...you name it. Did I just promise you happiness? Yes, I did. If you haven’t read my previous post on focus I encourage you to do so by clicking here as today I am going to expand on this idea by zeroing in on this concept and share 4 ways to get more things done.
Focus allows us to start a task without procrastination and maintain attention until the task is completed. The ability to focus enables us to get done in an hour that might otherwise take half a day. It’s the holy grail of productivity (especially when combined with momentum. Read my article Boosting Productivity: The Power of Moment here). So often, however, focused and effective work is misunderstood with it’s evil twin busyness. Don’t fall into the trap of mistaking busyness as effectiveness.
So how do we say hello to focus and bye-bye to busyness?
Like many things in life, focus is easier said than done. While setting your intention to focus certainly is an important step, by itself it won’t achieve the focus you desire. I’ve found the following 4 things work exceptionally well for me:
Write down absolutely everything that needs doing on an A4 piece of paper, and then put numbers next to each of them in the order that you are going to complete them, starting with the most important ones. Then do them one at a time. One thing only. Go to your place of work knowing that you will only work on this one thing until it's finished. Everything else can wait.
Work in sessions. You may have heard of the Pomodoro Technique which is the idea that frequent breaks will lead to improvements in your mental agility. This technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes with short breaks in between. Personally, I find working for sessions of 45-60 minutes to be more effective. Try it out and see what works best for you.
Find your most productive time. For many it may be in the morning while willpower is at its peak. If this is you, block out the first half of the day for the most important work and leave the less meaningful tasks for later in the day. If you are a night owl, adjust accordingly.
Ruthlessly pursue a distraction free environment. This seems so damn obvious, but it is a game changer. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I wrote about turning notifications off on your phone. I would go as far to say you should remove your phone or at the very least put it out of sight and on silent. You should also avoid loud distracting areas or alternatively use headphones.
The ability to focus is crucial if you want to succeed in your life and rapidly boost productivity. I strongly believe this and hope this short post has given you a little motivation to set your sights on achieving more focus. If you found this article helpful, please share on social media! Happy working!
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