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In a world of distractions and overwhelm, learning how to stay focused is an essential skill to help you achieve your goals faster.  If you need help staying focused, these 10 tips will help you stay focused and avoid distractions.

To stay focused throughout the day and remain productive, it’s important to build healthy habits.  Taking regular breaks and having time for exercise are important to stay focused.  

To stay focused, it’s important to learn how to overcome distractions and focus on your most important work.  Staying focused will help you reduce stress, overwhelm and increase your productivity.  

When you can stay focused for longer you can manage time better, be more productive and get more of your important work done.  When you can improve your sleep and plan your time well you will improve your concentration and focus.  Staying focused will boost your attention span, improve your confidence and help you achieve your goals faster. 

Read also: 9 tips on how to improve focus and concentration 

How to stay focused and overcome distractions 

If you need help staying focused, here are 10 tips to improve your focus. 

1. Eliminate distractions   

Eliminating distractions is important to stay focused.  You can’t get your most important work done if you can’t stay focused.  To stay focused, it’s important to eliminate the distractions that cause you to lose focus and concentration. 

When you are distracted by people, emails, social media notifications and phone calls it’s hard to maintain focus.  To stay focused, look at the things that cause you to feel distracted. 

Focus is so important because it affects your ability to think and work effectively.  Your inability to focus might be caused by lack of sleep, having too much going on or not planning your day effectively.  

When you can identify the cause of your distractions, you can fix it.  To stay focused, schedule time to identify everything that causes you to be distracted. 

Read also: 7 simple ways to overcome distractions

2. Set up your day the night before 

To learn how to stay focused, set up your day the night before.  Productive planning in the evening will ensure you start every morning feeling focused and productive.

Use an evening routine to write down your top priorities for the following day.  Having an effective evening routine will help you get clear on your most important activities each day.  This ensures you get and stay organised and are focused in the morning to take on your most important work. 

By being intentional about where to focus your time, you eliminate distractions and busy work.

Read also: 6 tips for successful daily planning

3. Get enough sleep 

They key to staying focused is to have a good night’s sleep every night.  A lack of quality sleep can reduce your energy, concentration and focus.

If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s easy to feel tired and exhausted all the time.  Not getting enough sleep lowers your productivity levels and causes higher levels of stress and burnout.  

It can also affect your memory, as well as your ability to concentrate and focus for a sustained period.  To boost your sleep health, and stay focused, get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  Better sleep allows you to stay focused and boosts concentration. 

Read also: How to sleep better at night 

4. Set daily goals 

Goals improve your focus and concentration.  Having specific, measurable goals increases your focus towards actionable behaviour.  When you make progress on your goals, you stay focused on the results you want to achieve. 

Without goals, it’s easy to feel distracted and overwhelmed.  Having too many goals will only scatter your focus and concentration.  Focusing on a small number of important goals boosts your attention and focus.  

Having a small number of goals feels less daunting, and boosts your ability to concentrate and stay focused.  When you have important goals that you want to accomplish,  it’s easier to avoid distractions and stay focused.  

Keeping your daily goals list short also improves your ability to prioritise.  It also ensures you stay focused and productive throughout the day.  

Read also: Goal setting: how to set and achieve your goals 

5. Stop multi-tasking 

You are more likely to stay focused and achieve your goals if you eliminate multi-tasking.  Eliminating multi-tasking helps you focus on your most important work, and ensures you are more effective or productive.  Multi-tasking is stressful and limits creativity and productivity.  

It’s difficult to focus on your most important work if you constantly switch between tasks.  To stay focused, create a list of daily priorities and focus on one task at a time.  

When you are clear on your biggest priority you can schedule time to work on them without interruptions.  This ensures you stay focused and don’t get distracted.  

Read also: How to prioritise and stay focused

6. Take breaks 

To increase your performance and productivity, it’s important to take breaks.  Taking breaks throughout the day will actually help you stay focused and boost your energy.  

If you don’t take breaks it’s easy to feel tired, exhausted or fatigued.  Having long periods of work without breaks reduces focus, limits concentration and causes burnout.

Being too busy to take a break will reduce your productivity and limit your ability to focus and concentrate.  If you want to stay focused for longer it’s important to start taking work breaks so you can come back feeling energised and productive.  When you take regular breaks throughout the day, you’re more likely to stay focused and work productively. 

Read also: How to be more productive at work 

7. Do the most important thing first 

Staying focused can help you stay on track with your most important tasks each day.  Making sure your priorities are clear is the first step to increasing your daily focus.

When you identify and focus on your most important task first, your productivity and concentration increases.  If you work on something first that you dread or that bores you, it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus.  When you’re not focused, you waste valuable time and things take longer to complete.

Stay focused on your most productive work first to produce bigger and better results.

8. Create an optimal work environment

Creating an environment that helps you stay focused and removes clutter and distractions will instantly boost your productivity.  When you have physical and mental clutter it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus.

To stay focused, make sure your desk is tidy and remove anything that causes distraction.  To increase your focus, find a space that is calming and allows you to focus longer. 

If your mind is cluttered and you can’t focus, take time to write everything down to clear your mind.  Alternatively, meditate to regain your attention and focus. 

9. Avoid procrastination

If you want to stay focused for longer, it’s essential to stop procrastinating.  Procrastination takes away your focus from your most important activities.  

Procrastination often happens when you know you should do something, or when you know you shouldn’t do something but carry on anyway.  When you procrastinate, you lose focus and concentration.  It also causes you 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.

10. Increase your energy  

You can lose focus when you feel tired or fatigued.  To stay focused for longer, it’s important focus to find ways to increase your energy levels.  When your energy levels are high, it is simpler to stay focused.

You can achieve increased focus by eating healthier and sleeping better.  You can also get increased focus by exercising, taking breaks during the day and meditating.  

Cutting back your to-do list and working for shorter intervals will also increase your energy and focus.  When you have higher levels of energy, you feel happier, have more confidence and can increase your focus.  


You can focus better for a longer period of time if you set better goals, prioritise your time and take regular breaks throughout the day.  If you feel tired and exhausted during the day, it’s more difficult to stay focused.  

Mental and physical breaks will help you stay focused on your most important work.  Identifying and working on your biggest daily priorities will also boost your focus and concentration for longer.  Use these tips to improve your focus and get more done in less time. 

Now I’d love to hear from you

What’s your best tip that helps you to stay focused?

Let me know in the comments.

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He is the Founder of time management coaching company, Lucemi Consulting. 

Mark provides time management coaching programs and accountability coaching programs to business owners and entrepreneurs.  He works with clients in London, Essex, Suffolk, East Anglia and across the UK and US.

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