We love what Stephen Covey says about Focus, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” All of us have dreams and aspirations but making them a reality calls for a little work. It requires you to identify a goal and map the steps you need to take to reach there. For example, if you wish to be a musician, there is a certain amount of time and practice that needs to be put in to be able to perform flawlessly as an artist. It is possible only by developing a keen focus on the goal.
Here are some simple tips that we at Dheya would like to share with you to help you get razor sharp focus.
Keep your work space free of clutter and remove everything that is not required to complete the task at hand. It takes just a few minutes to tidy up before you sit to study or work but makes a big difference in how you think. Once in a while, it’s good to discard things that have served their purpose and do not add value or happiness.
2. Digital Detox
This one is hard, we know. But the upside is you get to finish your tasks faster without the mobile or screen interrupting with notifications. Turn off your notifications on the screen and switch your phone to airplane mode while working or studying. And parents, if you’re with your children, the same applies for you too!
3. Break it Down
Sometimes a job seems overwhelming and it is difficult to know where to begin. We suggest breaking down the project into smaller chunks that take a shorter while to complete. Say, for example, you need to prepare a presentation and the deadline is very tight. Break it down into sections and focus on just doing one section within a certain time limit. Having a time limit helps to keep the focus on time as well as completion. This leads into our next tip.
Yes, reward yourself. Give yourself a small treat if you finish the task in the time you had estimated. It can be that cup of tea or a phone call with a friend. Or if you feel like it, keep a points tally and when you reach a target number, buy something nice for yourself.
5. Make yourself accountable
If you find it difficult to keep your focus steady, enlist the support of a family member or friend to help you until you learn to do it yourself. Keep a journal or blog about your experiences. The support of fellow travellers is a powerful motivator to keep your goal in sight.
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