In this episode, Lorie and I will be talking about how we can keep focus on the tasks at hand and avoid unnecessary distractions, in order to accomplish more goals and to reach success.
What’s In-Store for You:
Let’s face it: Distractions are always there…
Unfortunately, if we always allow ourselves to be distracted, chances are we won’t be able to accomplish anything. Obviously, that’s not really the right road to success.
And so the question now is: How do we actually keep focus?
Honestly speaking, that’s easier said than done…
We humans are NOT “wired” to be focused all the time. That’s just not usual for us. However, there are ways to “rewire” ourselves, in order to achieve focus. And with the advent of technology, things have just become even more doable.
The problem here is that a lot of people seem to be afraid of technology. Please—don’t be one of them. Technology can actually empower you. It can make life easier and if you just do things right, it can make you even more focused.
On the other hand, if you use technology improperly, there’s a likely chance that you will get distracted even more. Yes, social media apps, emails—as fun and as useful as they may seem—can actually distract you.
Now, you might be wondering: What about the concept of multi-tasking? Isn’t this an ingredient for success?
Well, the answer is yes and no.
We can’t focus on too many things at a time. As it is, we need to prioritize on tasks that have greater weight and need to be done more urgently. Once the first one is done, then we move on to the next. By doing this, we get to finish tasks more efficiently—simply because we were able to give them the needed attention. In short: We can’t serve two masters at the same time.
But what if we have too many tasks? Then you have to learn when to say “no.”
Sometimes, the problem is not because we have too many tasks. The problem lies when we take on too many tasks, failing to take into account the element of time. In other words, the problem appears when we fail to strategize. Once this happens, you are bound to lose focus, which in turn, can result in a big pileup of tasks that you have no chance of finishing.
Here’s one important tip: Try to centralize your tasks. Don’t create more than one task list as they will eventually distract you.
Set yourself up for success. Generate a list of doable tasks (scheduled within a reasonable time) and follow that list. Set up a timer if possible. This will give you that needed focus, and you get to later on pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Do you want to know other ways and means to achieve focus through the proper mindset and with the use technology?
Join Lorie and me in this episode, as we teach you how you can dig deeper and help you find your focus…
Highlights and Takeaways Mentioned in this Episode:
- Learn about the strategies you can use to achieve focus.
- How you can set yourself up for success.
- Understand how you can use technology to pick the right tasks to work on first.
- Know when and how you should prioritize—and say “no” to tasks.
- How to veer away from the obvious and “hidden” distractions that may put your productivity at risk.
- Learn about the proper mindset for achieving greater focus and success.
Links – Items Mentioned In This Podcast
In the Examination Room, we’ll be discussing this very interesting quote:
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
You can check it out on the empower, inspire and motivate Facebook page. Just go to measurementdoctor.com/inspire
Personally, this quote means one thing: If you have too much on your plate, chances are you won’t be able to have anything done.
Besides, why do you have 2 “rabbits” in the first place? Remember: We can only focus on one thing at a time. As it is, we need to learn how to prioritize. “Measure” your tasks. Once you’re able to do that, there’s no reason why you can’t change your task list from “pending” to “completed”.
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Ok, so now it’s our turn, how do you achieve focus? What strategies do you think can help make this possible?
Please let us know by sharing your insights in the comments section below…