Do you feel like you are working hard all day but not getting much accomplished? You have crossed off a lot of the tasks on your to-do list, but at the end of the day, more needs to be done. The problem could be one of focus, not focusing on the right things, or not focusing at all. Here are some tips on how to improve focus.
1. Learn where you need to focus.
You just may not be focusing on the right things. The reason for this is not properly prioritizing the tasks you have to do. You simply apply yourself to the first thing on your list.
A simple way to help you prioritize is to first write down the ten most important goals you have. Then circle the top three goals. Here is where you need to focus all of your energy. You may think that you need to devote some time to those other seven goals, but that is not the case.
You need to focus on what is truly important to you and forget about the rest. All the rest is just noise.
2. The way to focus
What is the most important thing you need to do? Do it first thing in the morning. This is when you are the most alert and have the most energy. As the day grows longer, other things begin to crop up and get in the way of what you need to do.
Wait until at least 11 a.m. to check your email, which is one of the prime distractions you need to avoid. Keep only one window open on your computer screen at a time, again to avoid distractions.
3. How to maintain your focus
The key to maintaining focus is knowing that you are making progress, and for that, feedback, assessment is important. The way to know you are making progress is to measure it. If, for instance, you want to improve your health by walking, you need to record how far and how fast you walk each day so you can see how you have progressed.
To reach any goal, there are things you have to do, steps you have to take to get there. To stay focused, this is where you direct your attention, on the steps, on the process itself. It is that process that you have to get used to. It is the process you have to become comfortable with, to take pleasure in.