What is Focus?
Focus is the ability to direct one's attention to a particular object, thought, or activity.
It is a key ingredient in achieving success in any area of life.
Why would anyone want to be focused?
Well, think of a laser beam. With a focused photonic beam of light, you can perform minute surgery.
A procedure like this takes presence and a profound amount of focus. It is why Doctors in those fields get paid much more for what they do.
When you are focused, you are able to block out distractions and concentrate on what is important.
This allows you to achieve your goals and reach your full potential.
Developing focus is not always easy, but it is a skill that can be learned and practiced.
There are many reasons why a person might not be able to focus.
It could be due to a procastination or lack of priorities.
Additionally, it could be due to distractions, such as noise or a busy environment.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett was able to amass a fortune due to his focus and concentration.
Many have tried to duplicate his diligence over the years. The principles are simple but they are not always easy.
Here is Warren Buffett’s Strategy for Focused Attention:
STEP 1 - Make a list of the 25 things you most want to do in life. Include both big goals and small ones, personal and professional.
STEP 2 - Then, circle the 5 items on your list that you are most passionate about. These are your top priorities.
STEP 3 - Focus your attention on these 5 items and work towards them relentlessly. Let go of the other 20 items on your list for now – you can always come back to them later.
This simple yet powerful strategy has helped Warren Buffett focus his attention on what’s most important and achieve great things.
By identifying and pursuing your top 5 goals, you can achieve amazing things too.
Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination
“The one who enjoys walking will go further than the one who enjoys the destination.” ~Unknown
It's important to focus on the process and not the event in order to improve your focus.
By focusing on the process, you'll be able to better see your progress and identify areas that need improvement.
Trying to focus on the event can be overwhelming and can cause you to lose sight of your goals.
The process is what's important - it's the journey, not the destination.
Keep your eye on the prize by focusing on the steps you need to take to get there.
Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately - focus on the long-term and trust the process.
Every day, work on little things that will help you get closer to your goal.
Stay motivated by reminding yourself of why you're doing this and what the end result will be.
Remember: it's not about being perfect, it's about making progress.
Have faith in yourself and the process - you can do it!
If you're looking to get better at something, you need to be willing to put in the work.
You need to be passionate about the process, and build an identity as someone who sees the value in hard work.
Dreaming about the results won't get you anywhere.
“A dream without a goal is a wish. A goal without a plan is just a dream.” ~Unknown
Hacks to Improve Focus And Concentration
1. Choose a Single Task
If you want to stay focused on one task, choosing just one task and eliminating distractions can help.
This is commonly called “single-tasking”. Actually, it is a misconception to think we can truly multitask. We are much less efficient when we attempt to do so.
A single task allows you to better utilize your time and resources.
You can better assess your progress when you can see the entire task in front of you.
When you complete a task, you can move on to the next one with a sense of accomplishment.
Creating a daily plan can help you stay focused on what's most important. By setting daily goals, you can better prioritize your energy and stay on track.
Having a clear understanding of what you need to do can help you better focus on the task.
Breaking down a task into smaller parts can help you better focus on each individual part.
Focusing on one task at a time can help you better utilize your time and energy.
Choosing a single task will improve your focus and help you better achieve your goals.
2. Don’t Manage Your Time, But Energy
If you need to focus on a task, schedule it for a time when you have the energy you need.
For example, I've noticed that I'm most creative in the morning. That's when I'm fresh. That's when I do my all my work that requires me to channel my creative skills.
So, what do I do? I schedule creative tasks for the morning and take care of business in the afternoon.
This includes deciding the topics I will write about, plan the next workout of my day and more.
If you don't have the energy to complete a task, then trying to manage your time will seem useless.
3. Avoid Checking Your E-mail and phone Before Noon
Checking your email and phone before noon can disrupt your concentration and productivity for the rest of the day.
I used to think I did productive work for four hours when actually all I did was check my phone every ten minutes.
If you must check your email or phone, do so during a scheduled break or after you have completed your most important tasks for the day.
Checking your email and phone first thing in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day and make it more difficult to focus on your work.
Just think, would you go outside to check your mailbox every hour of the day? Why would you do the same for your emails?
If you find yourself checking your email or phone more often than you'd like, set some limits for yourself and stick to them.
4. Remove all tasks that could distract your Morning Focus
When you have a lot of tasks to do, it can be difficult to focus on any one thing.
By removing tasks that could distract you from your morning focus, you can help improve your concentration.
This may mean setting aside time for specific tasks, or it may mean eliminating certain tasks altogether.
Either way, you'll be able to better focus on what's important to you.
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ~Paulo Coelho
Thanks for reading! I trust this inspired you to instill more focus into your day. Find out the benefits of building more concentration.