If you have performed the science experiment of using a magnifying glass to focus the sunlight on a leaf, you will understand the power of focus.
Let us look into 4 ways to improve focus during your daily productivity for work and personal life.
After all, being in focus will let you complete things faster and more accurate as well.
You have just 24 hours. And, you’ve got to do everything in these many (but few) hours. Practically, there’s a limit to the efforts you can put into a day, but then, the paucity of time shouldn’t be a deterrent to achieving your goals.
You can achieve more by increasing your productivity which is contingent upon improving your focus.
Focusing on the task at hand is the surest way to make the most of your limited time.
Here are four clever ways to improve your focus
Don’t allow your mind to trick you
The human mind is a trickster. It’ll make you underestimate or overestimate your capabilities. And, both of them are dangerous.
Your mind will trick you by suggesting that you can complete a task in less time than you usually take. This is a fallacy that will make you allocate two hours to do a job that may eventually take five hours to complete.
It’ll end up eating up more time than you initially planned and also drain your energy. It will demotivate you to the extent that you may stop planning your day.
Thus, understand your real strengths and weaknesses. Know your speed and do a precise estimation of the work and plan accordingly.
Shorten your to-do list
It’s a good habit to make a to-do list. But don’t include every small task in it. It’ll only increase your stress and distract your mind every time you see it.
Instead, make a small list with just 2-3 most crucial things to do in a day and assign sufficient time for each of these activities.
Keep your list short and succinct. Don’t overburden it with things that aren’t going to add to your productivity.
Make a schedule for petty but important things.
There are a lot of things which don’t add to your productivity but are
necessary. Checking comments on your social media posts or wishing people on their birthdays and anniversaries is not productive but required.
Watching or reading news, taking a coffee break, attending meetings, or answering phone calls or emails are other things that consume a lot of time. But, you can’t avoid such activities. They don’t add to your output, but you’ve to do them anyway.
Allocate time for them and make them a part of your schedule. What’s more important is to stick to the schedule.
Take your two coffee breaks at the same time each day. Answer emails once or twice a day.
For instance, I have fixed a schedule for all meetings, interviews,responding to emails and queries, etc. between 12-2pm. For the rest of the time, I focus on things that delivers output.
Do the hardest thing first.
Do the most difficult or the worst thing upfront.
Mark Twain coined the term “eating the frog.”
If you’ve to eat a frog and you have the entire day to do it, when is the right time?
The answer is first thing in the morning. Why? Because it’s the worst thing to do.
If you keep avoiding it, it’ll linger in your mind breaking your focus. Instead, get it done first.
Have a tough client to deal with? Meet him at the earliest. Have to complete a complicated project that’s paying you well? Do it now.
Doing the toughest thing first will boost your confidence and also take the thing out of your mind enabling you to focus on other things for the rest of the day.
In Conclusion, with these four clever hacks, you can improve your focus manifold. By eliminating things that aren’t productive or those which are stressful, you can focus better. While doing so, aim at your long term goals but focus on the task at hand in a manner that there’s no tomorrow. This way, you’ll strive to achieve more, ultimately increasing your productivity and chances of success.
Original Source: PickTheBrain
Everyone of us have the same amount of time each day so by improving your focus, you will definitely be able to do more with less.
Do share with us in the comment section if you have any other clever ways that you used to improve your focus.