Have you ever been in a situation where you sit at your desk and finally say to yourself that, “Let’s get this done!”. And, after some time, you found yourself lost in thoughts about something completely different. Then you may decide that you need a mental break and end up scrolling your Facebook timeline and useless YouTube videos. And, before you realize it, you might have lost your whole day.
Does this situation sound familiar to you? If yes, then this article is just for you. Here are ten tips on staying focus and how can you avoid distractions.
- Know Your Goal
The first and primary thing about staying focus is to know what to stay focus on. Tie yourself with some goal like – I want to complete the creative copy, I want to create a marketing strategy, I want to complete the business article etc.
And, always ensure you know why you want to accomplish that goal — knowing why can help you push yourself when you find yourself procrastinating that task quite often. This is the hardest part, and if you can focus on your most important goal, then you are on the right path.
- Focus on only important things
If you end up setting yourself with 50 goals to accomplish, then you are pushing yourself into a dead end. You will have to break it down and prioritize important goals.
Never set yourself more than 2-3 goals at a point of time, if you just have one goal, then it’s very well. Having goals that can be accomplished will help you to motivate yourself and will ensure you don’t give up in between. Remember, progressing slower is better than procrastinating.
Once you set your goal, start preparing towards accomplishing it. All successful leaders are great in planning, and they always have a list of priority things that they want to do. Whenever you set your goal, allocate some time on preparing for it. Write down what all things you need to do to accomplish it, set your timelines, etc. You might have heard the famous quote on every 10 minutes you spend on planning will help you save an hour during execution.
- Go Offline
In today’s digital world, one of the biggest distractions is smartphones, social media, and email. If you want to really focus and avoid distraction, then go offline. At least ensure you stay offline till you accomplish your goal.
- Take a Break
It is really important to take a break once in a while. Knowing when to take a break is also really important. Whenever you feel that you are too much distracted and need to refocus, take a break. Do something which clear off your mind.
Setting the break as a reward is also helpful. Whenever you accomplish something, reward yourself with a break.
- Avoid Internal and External Distractions
Internal distractions are something which pulls you down, and only you can figure out what is your internal distraction.
External distractions are something like social media, meetings, your workspace, etc. If you found something that is distracting you, get rid of it – as simple as that.
- Have Smaller Tasks
The main reason why we procrastinate is the time it takes to achieve it. So when you break down your goals and make it into smaller tasks, it will help you in progressing. You take any famous process management strategies; they don’t encourage you to take something which takes more than 2-4 hours to accomplish a task. If it takes more than that, then break it down into smaller modules, and keep progressing.
- Clean Up
There are tons of research which proved that cleaner workspace helps you in achieving your goals better. How does your office workspace look? If it is dirty and cluttered, invest time in cleaning it up and have only things that are absolutely necessary for you. It will give you a sense of accomplishing your goal.
- Skip what you don’t know
If you don’t know something, just skip it, or delegate to someone who knows to do it. This is the most underrated tip, but the most effective one. If you don’t have someone to delegate, its fine, come back to it later. First, focus on things that you are clear about and keep things which you are unclear at the end. If you start with things, you don’t know you will never progress and will find yourself just procrastinating or lost in thoughts.
- Become an early bird
This sounds simple, but the most difficult thing for millennials. You check any successful people; they are usually early birds. They start their work early in the day before any distractions can take over. Try coming to the office before everyone else and spend time planning your day.
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