What is your current aim or focus? We’ve all had the experience of setting goals, getting distracted, losing focus and missing our targets. How is it that others seem to be able to find their way to seemingly be always “in the zone” and on target? Like an illusionist, it is not as it seems…
Achieving focus is like sailing…
one must always be monitoring the current tact, trimming the sails and adjusting the rudder to point the point of the bow back toward the goal. Guided missiles work on this same principal. They have an internal guidance system combined with a gyroscope that gives them a stable reference to measure, determine the adjustments necessary and modify their course to achieve their purpose.
Here are some ideas to get the focus back and maintain it…
Here’s a snippet from Entrpreneur.com titled How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain
Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,” says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work (HarperCollins, 2009). “A distraction is an alert says, ‘Orient your attention here now; this could be dangerous.'” The brain’s reaction is automatic and virtually unstoppable.
So, like the sailboat and missile we spoke of before, our brains trigger on changes in our environment and we must make decisions based on subby’s (the subconscious) reactionary call to action!
Try these three tips to help you become more focused and productive:
1) Do creative work first…
Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. “An hour into doing your work, you’ve got a lot less capacity than (at the beginning),” Rock says. “Every decision we make tires the brain.”
In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.
So, one trick is to shift focus on creative tasks from the start. Now let’s look at another tip from deepexistence.com
2) Drop worry and guilt, pick up courage…
It might be surprising to see dropping worry and guilt as the number one step to getting focused, but you’ll find this intuitive when you consider your experience. Guilt and worry freeze us because they “take over” the mind. They must leave because focus requires our full mental arsenal.
3) Reduce or eliminate distractions…
Now let’s wrap it up with actual steps in their entirety from http://liveyourlegend.net/ (What a fitting site name right!).
This morning I woke up, brewed some Yerba Mate, caught a glorious rooftop sunrise and proceeded to get more done before breakfast than I had in the past 4 working days combined.
How about you? How many important things did you get done last week? I mean the things that actually got you closer to your biggest goals and dreams.
Take a minute to think about it and write a couple down. How many did you come up with?
For many the answer is few if any at all. Why?
In a word: Distraction.
Lack of focus is the most common killer of making things happen.
In the last 10+ years there’s been an unconscious shift from encouraging focus to condemning it. It’s happening without us knowing and we’re all likely victims. As soon as multitasking became possible and encouraged, our focus died.
Mine certainly did.
We have to fight our very best fight to get it back.
Leo Babauta is leading the charge with his book Focus, which is more than worth the read. I hit up a sweet barefoot run with Leo last week where he filled me in on some of the good stuff. Unbelievably powerful.
Without focus we are headed for disaster and the consequences are as dangerous as they come.
What’s the biggest risk of losing our focus? Wasting our time and living a meaningless life.
The solution is to simplify. Get back to the basics of doing the important.
So, there you have it, a killer set of thoughts and insights as to how you can bring focus and productivity back into your day. The actions are easy if you really take them as individual tasks. We all know, it is the 67 days of forced HABIT installation where the difficulty lies.
Those who have been through the Master Key Experience know this path well. We have focused on what we really want, found the core emotions that will infuse our every cell with the urgency to make forward progress every day and spent 6 months in a Master Mind Alliance to install the HABITS that help us maintain focus.
If you too lack focus, pick one task that will make the most difference in your life and get to installing it. Take for example a positive attitude capable of handling all those little things that maybe push you over the edge right now.
I challenge you to Download the Free 7 Days To A New Life pdf. read it and try to keep your life free from those emotional outburst that distract you from your goals. It’s a goal worthy of the effort believe me. I still go back to this challenge regularly to improve my outlook and ability to bring the positive not only to my own life but, to those around me as well. I am the light on a hill shining and hopeful guiding those who come after me toward the truth…