If you feel like there are many things in your life right now that are contending for your attention and you don’t know how to deal with them, then you have come to the right place.
It’s difficult keeping your focus when there are so many things you need to pay attention to. Your focus is very essential to how productive you are in all your activities. How do you keep your focus high and distractions low?
These are seven steps that you need to take if you want to maximize your productivity by increasing your focus.
You need to know the most important tasks you have each day and how much energy you would need to expend to accomplish those. Work on the most important ones first and deprioritize secondary tasks. This way your energy is perfectly allocated according to the level of the task’s importance.
Create a schedule of how you want your day to go, including all the tasks that you need to perform. When you have this plan, you will be more organized, and your task list will be more manageable.
- Resist Distractions
It might be difficult to drag yourself off social media throughout the time you need to be working, but it is important. You need to rid yourself of all distractions and make sure that the only thing in front of you is the task you need to accomplish.
- Be ready to say no
Isn’t it funny how many more distractions come in when you need to be focused? You’re trying to work on an important task and someone comes in to hassle you about helping them with something else. You must be ready to turn people down when you’re working on something important unless you might never get any work done.
- Manage your energy
To work efficiently, you have to use your body in a way that will maximize its abilities but not completely drain it. That is why you need to learn how to rest in between tasks. You need to time each task you take on so you can get a good amount of rest and a high level of productivity. You risk causing serious problems to your body if you do not give it a sufficient amount of rest. And to all those who take work home or work more hours than needed, stop! The workplace is for work, home is for everything else but work.
- Do your best and leave the rest
Remember that you are not in control of everything around you, so some things might not go in your favor. But you can not worry about those things you can’t control, as those things will only serve as distractions to the important things you need to do. You know what you can control, do as well as you can in those, and what you can’t control, don’t try to.
- Get your 8 hours!
Possibly the most important rule here, is you need to get good, quality sleep. You can’t rely on coffee to give you energy for the day. It’s just not natural. You need those 8 hours of sleep so you can maintain your focus and work more efficiently.
Distractions will come. That’s why it’s important to set your expectations and prepare yourself for anything that might be thrown your way. Follow these tips to keep distractions at bay and stay focused.