How to Stay Focused

Have you ever finished a day and realized that you didn't get much of anything done at all? I'm sharing my 4 best tips for staying focused.

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Have you ever started the day full of great intentions for getting lots done, and at the end of the day you realize that you didn’t get much of anything done at all? I certainly have, and that’s why I want to share my 4 best tips for staying focused.

First, I have a quick story to tell you. Earlier this week, when I was planning my day and I saw the date, I realized that it’s my friend’s birthday. Normally I try to stay away from social media early in the morning, but I wanted to wish her a happy birthday right away. I went on Facebook to post a little birthday message on her wall and got distracted by my news feed. Next thing I know, it’s 20 minutes later, I shut off Facebook and I hadn’t even written the message! I completely forgot what my intention was to begin with! It really got me thinking about how much time can be wasted browsing and clicking online. It happens to most of us, but if we can work on staying focused, imagine what a leg up we’d have!

We’re surrounded by so many distractions every day, but we need to train ourselves to be more focused so that we can accomplish the things that are important to us.

Tip #1: Know what you’re working towards

I feel like I say this a lot, but it’s because it really relates to everything we do! Really defining what you’re working towards is one of the most important things you can do. Take the time to really think about it, and write it down. Then, use it as your compass in your day to day life. Use it to set your intentions for the day, and it will help you stay focused on the things that are going to help you progress towards your goals. Most people don’t do this, and they end up doing too many things that aren’t bringing them closer to their big mission. So, figure out what you really want, and then be proactive in getting there.

Tip #2: Say no more often

This is a tough one, but defining your mission will help you do it. It’s way too easy to say yes to everything, whether it’s a request from someone for you to do something, or just your own decision to click every link you see when you’re browsing online! Be mindful of how you’re spending your time, and get comfortable with saying no. A lot of us have a fear of missing out, but we need to remember what it’s actually costing us to say yes to too many things. Ask yourself what kind of time and energy it will take, and if it’s going to help you reach your goals. It’s also okay to take the time to think about something before deciding if you’re going to do it. I’ve fallen into this trap many times before, saying yes to an opportunity or a request to do something because it makes sense in the moment, and because the person I’m talking to is very persuasive. But after taking the time to really think about it for a little while, realizing that it wasn’t going to help me progress towards my mission. So, now I always make it a point to think about things before I make the decision to say yes, so that I can weigh the decision against my mission and do what makes the most sense for me.

Tip #3: Do the most important thing first

tend to tackle the easy little things off our to-do list first, and save the bigger more important things for later, but this is sabotaging our chances of actually getting those important things done! It’s been proven that we’re more productive in the first few hours of the day, before we get bogged down and tired from all the little decisions we need to make throughout the day. So instead of spending your limited energy and focus on the little things that don’t really matter as much, try doing the most important things first and early in the day.

Tip #4: Eliminate distractions

This is another simple thing but most of us don’t do it! Turn off your notifications, shut down your browser windows, and give yourself a chance to focus! You don’t need to respond to everything immediately, it’s okay to turn things off and eliminate the distractions that destroy your focus.

We need to learn to stay focused if we want to do the things that really matter to us and make progress in our lives. I’d love to hear your favorite ways to fight distractions and get more focused!

I hope you found this helpful, and if you did, please like it, and share it with your friends because we can all use more focus in our lives!

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