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10 Tips for Staying Focused

April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

As I write this post on "staying focused", I have been distracted so many times already. Some were my fault (i checked my email....again). Others were not (my wife asking if I had been to the bank like I said i would....I hadn't)

A lot of us struggle just to get things done. So much to do and so little time. How often have you muttered this to yourself? Well, much of this may be because you are too early distracted. It is not your fault. But there are a few tips that if you follow, may help you.

10 Tips for Staying Focused

1. Know your Outcome

Staying Focused: Whenever you feel yourself faltering, ask yourself what you are doing what you are doing. Say it out loud (if you can). We often forget the bigger picture, especially if we do not see visible progress. Visualize yourself achieving your goal and take a minute to yourself.

2. Spend 30 minutes Cleaning

Staying Focused: What? You mean i have to clean everyday? Well no, not everyday but one reason for losing focus is becoming distracted when we lose or misplace something. How often have you wasted a few minutes looking for that important paper?

Put away your gadgets and get rid of any clutter. They are distractions, pure and simple. Take all but essential files from your desk. You will feel better for it.

Do the same with your email folder. Delete any emails that you have not read but are not on the first page. If they were that important you would have read them anyway. Remove your name form any unnecessary mailing lists too.

3. Make a To do List...the Night Before.

Staying Focused: Write down a list of tasks just before you go to bed. That way you will not worry that you may forget something. Having it on paper is also a good motivator for the next day as you have already mapped out what you need to do. Then checking off the tasks one by one will give you a sense of achievement.

4. Do what you don't want to do first.

Staying Focused: All of us have things we don't like to do. Whether they be the mundane tasks that we do at work everyday to the activities which cause us the largest amounts of stress.

The premise is that you have your list from the previous night. Have a look at it and there will surely be something on that list that you like the least. Do that one first! Do not procrastinate, follow Nike's footsteps and 'Just do it'. You will feel better for it.

5. Water Water Water

Staying Focused: This seems like common sense but keep hydrated. This does not mean coffee, tea, an energy drink...etc. Make sure you have 2 liters of water a day and always keep a glass or bottle handy. Keep caffeine to a minimum.

6. Get up 2 hours before your first task.

Staying Focused: One great idea is to devise a morning routine. So, say you have an appointment at 8, get up at 6. Stretch first and do some light exercise. Perhaps go for a brisk 10 minute walk weather permitting. Then take a shower and have breakfast and you will still have an hour to accomplish something before your day begins.

7. Take Regular Breaks

Staying Focused: You are not a robot on long lasting batteries. Take a few minutes every hour if you can. Do not do anything strenuous. Perhaps some light stretching or even sit down and close your eyes.

Or go to the toilet......

8. Keep the Noise Out

Staying Focused: In these days of social media, it is hard not to be checking your Facebook every 5 minutes. Try and schedule some time to plug into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn et al.

9. Eat Something!

Staying Focused: One of the biggest sources of distraction is sleep. Now, sleep is vital but if you find yourself constantly yawning, it may have something to do with your diet.

If you are anything like me, hunger distractions are stronger that anything. Have a piece of fruit before you get down to work. It will stop those cravings and a healthy snack will energize you.

10. Time yourself- Warning...a bit Extreme

Staying Focused: If all else fails, then allocate yourself a certain time to get something done and stick to it. For example, allow yourself 45 minutes to write up a blog post and do not sway. I know this is easier said than done but I have tried it in the past and it is effective.

Adam Payne

I am a professional marketer living in Nagoya, Japan.

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