How to Regain Focus
I don’t have time.
I’m too busy.
I’m too tired.
I wish I had more time.
There are 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 8 hours a night, that’s 112 hours. One hundred and twelve.
We make excuses for ourselves and our schedules when really what we need it to make our priorities priority and learn to focus on what matters. Today we’re talking about the latter of the two. Three things that destroy your focus and three things that will help you to build a habit of focus.
I’ve worked from home for the past 4 years and I always have more than one things going on in my professional life. I am a multi-passionate person and always want to try new things. I go through seasons where I am literally like this all day…
And then I make the excuses…
So how do I get my focus back? Stay “self-motivated”? Use my time wisely?
First, you have to identify what things are working against you:
Putting the little things off
Emails piling up, to-do lists a mile long, the simplest things weighing on your mind because you just won’t do them. Why? No reason, it just keeps getting put on your “later” list.
This will W.R.E.C.K. your focus from the moment you say “I’ll just do it later”. Make the phone call, email her back, pay the bill…whatever it is just do it when you think of it OR have a designated time every day you do the things on your “later” list.
Not making a plan
When you have a goal, no matter how big or small, if there is no plan (with specific actions and things you can measure) you will, without a doubt, walk aimlessly in circles. You will never be able to fully accomplish what you’re able to.
Trying to do too many things
I have read in many places that it takes between 15-20 minutes to get your focus back on task once distracted or interrupted. 20 minutes!! Shut off the wifi, turn off the TV, cancel the notifications, shut your door, have designated times to check email or phone.
Whatever it takes, get into a place where you have ONE thing you are focusing on. The other stuff can wait.
Here are three helpful things you can do to create a habit of focus for yourself:
Do this daily. This helps train your mind to focus on one thing at a time. And will exponentially help you in every area of concentration over time.
Wipe the slate clean
Maybe you have too many goals or your goals are too big for this season. Start over. What are your priorities, what really matters? Take a day and make a better foundation to work from.
Write specific results
Get very specific about what you want to outcome of your goals to be. Work backwards and make small steps, accomplishable steps that will get you there. This will help you course correct when you get off course next time.
Distraction happens to all of us. Our world is made of distractions, we carry them in our pockets, they are ready and willing to be there for us in our need for procrastination and entertainment. Nothing to beat yourself up over, just get back on track and move forward.