We’ve all had days when we can’t seem to stay focused. Whether we lose focus through distractions, overwhelm, tiredness or lack of motivation, it’s essential to learn how to stay focused all day if your want to achieve your goals.
If you want to start staying focused for longer, there are some proven tips you can use to stay focused on your goals by simplifying your time to focus only on the areas of your business and life that are most important to you.
When you are laser focused every day it’s easier stay on track and remove distractions. By ensuring your main focus is your most important activities it’s easier to stay focused and make confident progress each day.
Staying focused helps you work smarter, not harder and helps get more done in less time. When you can identify your most important tasks (MITs) and focus on the most important one first, it becomes easier to stay focused and make real progress. Rather than being distracted and overwhelmed, staying focused helps you become clearer, more capable and more confident. Use time blocking or the Pomodoro technique to help you stay on task and eliminate distractions to produce bigger results much quicker.
The ability to stay focused can help us move towards our goals much quicker, and allow us to filter out distractions and set better boundaries.
If you’re struggling to stay focused right now, this article shares proven steps you can use become focused on your goals and remove distractions and overwhelm.
Become focused on your goals
Staying focused on your goals can be hard. If you want to stay focused every day on achieving your goals then it’s important to get goal setting right. You often stop being laser focused on your goals for a number of reasons including:
- The goals aren’t exciting enough
- There are no clear measurements in place
- No deadline has been set to achieve the goal in
- There are too many goals to achieve
The key to stay focused on your goals is to build an exciting long term vision and then set measurable goals to work towards every quarter, and breaks those goals down into month and weekly plans.
Choose five major goals to work towards every 90 days. This will help you stay focused on the most important activities that will move you closer towards your vision.
How to stay focused
If you want to learn how to stay focused all day, then you’re in the right place. The tips I’m about to share will help you stay focused on your goals, increase your productivity and creativity and help you each your micro goals each day.
1. Celebrate wins to improve your focus
When we achieve any kind of success it boosts confidence.
To maintain focus each day, take some time to celebrate what went well and what you achieved.
Take five minutes at the end of each day to reflect on your wins.
This will create a positive focus for the start of each day.
2. Set up your day the night before
Celebrating wins should be part of your evening routine and become a positive habit.
At the end of each day write down the three things you want to focus on for the following day.
You then become intentional about where to focus time.
3. Learn to say no
Creating boundaries around your time is essential to stay focused.
We often have too many choices.
But, when you have clarity around your goals you can say no more often.
When you’re intentional with your time, you learn to say no to opportunities that don’t fit those goals.
4. Be intentional about your time
We all have only 24 hours in a day and some of us are far more productive with our time than others.
Get clear when you at your most focused and productive.
Then ensure you work on your biggest opportunities during that time.
If you are more focused in the morning maximise that time.
If you do your best work in the evening ensure you’re energised and motivated during that time.
Notice where and when you focus best.
Then divide your most important projects for those moments.
5. Get enough sleep to keep up your energy
A lack of sleep can reduce energy, concentration and focus.
Many people are not getting enough sleep.
They’re fatigued and tired.
Many struggle to stay focused without caffeine and other supplements.
Everyone would have 8 or 9 hours of sleep a night.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, there are some things you can do to sleep better.
6. Use time blocking to improve your mental focus
Staying focused helps you get your most important work completed in less time.
It helps you work smarter, not harder.
When you use time blocking techniques you can stay focused and energised.
Time blocking helps you single task with energy and focus rather than multi-tasking.
I use the 60-60-30 method for time blocking.
Work for 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break.
Follow the same process again and then take a 30-minute break.
Continue with the same task if incomplete or start a new one.
This process also helps if you are batching.
7. Create an optimal work environment
Create an environment that helps you stay focused and removes clutter and distractions.
When we have physical and mental clutter it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus.
Make sure your desk is tidy and remove anything that might distract you.
Go to a space that is calming, be that a home office, café or in nature.
If your mind is full of clutter, take time to write everything down to clear your mind.
Or, meditate for a short period of time.
8. Stop procrastinating
Procrastination is the thief of focus.
Procrastination happens when:
We know we should do something but haven’t taken action
When we know we shouldn’t do something but we carry on doing it
Procrastination causes us to waste time and energy.
Learn how to stop procrastinating by identifying the activities you are procrastinating on.
Then make a decision to take action on the biggest one.
9. Maintain energy to strengthen your attention
When you’re feeling tired or fatigued take a quick break to maintain energy levels.
Take a brisk walk.
Get some exercise.
Do some stretching.
Take a nap.
Do whatever creates results for you to take a brief retreat from the work and regenerate.
You will come back to your task with renewed vigor and a sharper mental focus.
10. Remove distractions to stay focused on your goals
To remain focused and productive you need to remove distractions.
Distractions include people, emails, social media notifications and phone calls.
It’s difficult to cut all distractions.
To help increase focus try:
- Turning off social media notifications
- Putting out of office on emails
- Closing office doors or moving to quiet areas
Learning how to stay focused takes time. We are constantly busy and time poor meaning multi-tasking has become the norm. Continually switching tasks makes us lose focus rather than helping get more done. If you want to be more productive and learn how to stay focused on your goals use these tips to become laser focused on the small number of things that really matter.
Now I’d love to hear from you
What’s your best tip that helps you stay focused?
Let me know in the comments.
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