5 Focus Tips to Power Up Your Productivity and Find Time

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Focus – Here’s how to find it!

Focus isn’t easy to come by these days. We’re constantly bombarded with information and easily distracted.

We want answers ‘right now’ and are likely to grab our phones or tablets to search for an interesting tidbit at the drop of a hat.

Not only that, but our friends and colleagues expect immediate responses – and we all have the gadgets and apps to make that possible.

So, one of the really big questions in today’s connected and plugged in world is how to find focus when we’re so inundated with input?  I’ve thought about this a lot … and here are 5 tips that will help you create boundaries for yourself and follow through on tasks that require your focused attention.

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5 Tips for Finding Focus Right Now!

Tip #1: Focus is a skill you can relearn.

As young children, we were highly motivated and focused on learning basic developmental tasks such as walking. In order to focus successfully on important aspects of your life, it is
vital that you relearn this skill. Rekindling your active interest in what surrounds you refreshes your outlook and limbers up your mind. Discipline is essential here. Keep gently bringing your mind back to the task at hand – just like you do when you meditate!

Tip #2: The more fully you focus, the more effectively and easily you can complete tasks.

One helpful technique is “batching” or organizing similar activities together. For example, group all your phone calls, and make them one right after the other. Or, set a block of time aside to read and answer your email.

In this way, you are creating a flow of energy rather than jumping from one activity to another. Since dissimilar tasks require realigning your energy and focus, allow extra time for yourself whenever you’re transitioning to a fresh “batch” of projects.

Tip #3; Learning to quiet your mind will help you focus.

Whenever I work with a client who is agitated or anxious, I always suggest meditation. How this is done will vary from person to person, but ten to twenty minutes, two times a day with regularity, helps quell anxiety and increase your ability to focus. Diaphragmatic breathing also helps to balance your energy.

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Tip #4: Capturing your ideas is a way to focus.

Taking the responsibility to immediately record your fresh ideas saves you the time and the trouble of trying to recall them later. This is an easy way to help yourself focus. A further advantage to jotting down thoughts right away is that you can then turn your full focused attention to the project at hand. I personally rely on stickies. A hand-held recorder or note-taking app will also do the trick. Taking steps to carefully file and to later retrieve these thoughts strengthens your capacity to focus successfully in the moment.

Tip #5: Break large projects into smaller pieces.

It is easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus if you try to grab hold of a large complicated project all at once. Instead, chunk it down!

  • List its separate components.
  • Next, group them into three or four individual categories.
  • Break the categories into concrete, bite-sized steps.

This helps you develop and maintain a clear vision. By focusing on a specific task within a specific time frame, you will experience success that you can build on.

So, what will you do today to increase your focus and find more time?

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