FocusMar 17, 2021
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve made it all the way to our last success skill – focus. You may be starting to get a little overwhelmed with all the different skill sets that you need to work on and improve to help you become more successful in all areas of your life. Yes, there’s a lot to do, to learn, and a lot of new habits to form. That’s where focus comes in. It helps you work through the list one item at a time.
Why Is It Important
And that right there is why the skill of focus is important. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed or distracted in this fast-paced world of many options. Let’s use this short report as an example. It’s easy to jump from success skill to success skill trying your hand at each for a little bit without making much progress on any given one. You won’t get very far with that strategy. If you focus on one skill at a time, on the other hand, it won’t take you long to master the first and to start seeing some real results. From there you can focus on the next, then the next, and so forth. Before you know it, you’ve greatly improved in all basic success skills, laying a foundation that will serve you well for the rest of your life. That’s why the skill of focus is so important.
How To Get Started
The best place to start improving your focus is to stop multitasking. Yes, it’s tempting to work on a bunch of different tasks at once, and boy does it make you feel productive. The problem is that this is deceiving. Study after study shows that multitasking makes you less productive. Don’t trust the studies? Try it for yourself. Instead of handling everything you do in a day all at once, cut out the distractions and work on one task at a time. You’ll end up with a few extra hours at the end of your day.
Make a conscious effort to work on one task at a time. Cut out as many distractions as possible. Don’t be tempted to keep an eye on your phone, social media, or answer emails at the same time. You’ll lose your focus, and everything you do will take much longer.
Improving Your Skills
The best way to improve your focus is to put deadlines into play. I don’t have to tell you that work stretches to fill the space you allow it. It’s much easier to focus and be as productive as possible when you’re working under a tight deadline. To improve your focus skills, start by making a list of tasks you want to accomplish today. Then block out time for each item on your list. Work through it one task at a time until you’ve made it through the list. Do what you can to finish your work in the time allotted or less. That forces you to sharpen your focus and concentrate on one task at a time.