Zig Ziglar once said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time,is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
Have you noticed that some people tend to get a lot more done than others? It’s not because they have more time, it’s because they have learned how to FOCUS.
If you want to get things done, you have to learn to FOCUS. This takes work and effort. We live in a world that is full of distractions, and it’s really easy to work hard, work long hours, and not really get anything accomplished.
Shawn Radcliffe writes about “7 Ways to Stay Focused at Work” in Mens Fitness Magazine. Have you tried any of these tips?
#1) SET CLEAR GOALS
Instead of saying, “I’m going to work a solid eight hours every day”, make a list of your top priorities for the week, and review them each morning.
#2) WORK IN 60 – 90 MINUTE BLOCKS
As we work, our alertness drops off, increasing the lure of distractions. Set a timer and take a break at the end of each cycle, then reset your focus.
#3) TURN OFF THE WORLD
Find a quiet place to work, and shut everything off. Avoid the temptation by severing all ties for a period of time.
#4) SCHEDULE DISTRACTIONS
Use scheduled distractions to reward you for a solid chunk of work, however you have to learn to control them!
#5) PRACTICE NOT BEING DISTRACTED
Train yourself to avoid distractions. Practice NOT multitasking everyday.
#6) PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF
Start to notice when and how you get distracted. What are your triggers? Hunger? Being tired? Being bored? Address those first.
#7) USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
There are apps that might help you stay focused: calendar apps, timer apps, priority apps, communication apps. Use these to help you maintain focus and be careful of the ones that lead to complete distraction.
You will be amazed at how much time you are able to capture if you try and all of the tips above.
You need to take control of your FOCUS.
Try these things.