Have you ever felt like there are hundreds of things competing to distract you and limiting your focus?
Or have you ever thought that for one problem resolved there are additional five others that are now a top priority?
In this week’s mindset tip we finish the two-part series on focus. In last weeks mindset episode, we looked a focus for emotions. In this week’s mindset tip we will look at how to improve your focus for productivity.
Following on with the analogy introduced last week, I start again by comparing the brain to a camera.
If you have ever tried to focus a camera on a completely white background, you may have noticed that the camera had a hard time focusing. For me, this analogy applies perfectly for when you are struggling to find focus in your work.
If there is too much noise you may find a very similar result to the camera. You may struggle to focus.
In order to find focus, you need to start by painting a clearer picture of the background. Trying to understand all of the different things that require your attention. Once you have a clearer idea of all of the things that need your attention – rank them.
Once you have figured out what the most important item is, work on that.
The key is knowing that what you are working on is the most important thing. That way, if other things distract you, you can have the confidence to ignore them and stay with what you are working on.
From experience there are 3 things that affect focus:
- Lack of rest.
- Lack of food.
- Lack of clarity over knowing what the most important thing is that you should be doing.
Given that you are well-rested and eaten, the next part of the puzzle is figuring out what you should be focusing on.
The hardest part is having the discipline to sit down and work out what the one most important thing is that you should be doing.
It can take time to focus. But, if it takes you an hour to actually sit down and figure it out. It will be worth it because the alternative maybe two hours of unfocused time or more.
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- What is the one most important thing you should be working on right now?
- Are you confident that this is the one thing?
Quote from the episode:
“Extraordinary results are determined by how narrow you can make your focus” – Jay Papasan.
How else can you improve your focus for productivity?