Maintaining Focus

by Andrew Hurst 14 replies
How do you stay focused? What methods do you use, is it purely drive?

I find I have to put myself on a reward system. Each time I complete an action or set of actions I reward myself. This may be changing as there is a drive building in me to become more financially secure.
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  • Profile picture of the author timexer
    If I have a topic to focus on, let's say learn to program, I try to find different learning paths that lead me to that goal. I buy a book, I find a Youtube channel, purchase a course, join a forum, find a learning buddy, set up a flashcard app. This keeps me focused around the subject, while still keeping it vivid and interesting. I lose concentration when it becomes boring and monotonous, so I do everything to surround myself with different learning paths leading to that goal. This itself is kind of a reward system for me - that I keep it interesting as much as possible. Would this work for you?

    Hope I've helped a bit

    Good luck!

    Best,
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Paulk59
    Staying focused is difficult, so many distractions today. Rewarding yourself is pretty good. For myself i try to put my family needs before my own because once i tell them i will do something i have to commit.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by Andrew Hurst View Post

    How do you stay focused? What methods do you use, is it purely drive?

    I find I have to put myself on a reward system. Each time I complete an action or set of actions I reward myself. This may be changing as there is a drive building in me to become more financially secure.
    Yep, good system, l do that myself.

    Work hard, then get a reward and relax by reading a paper...

    and the cake and coffee always helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author stephenm44
    I find it helps to keep things simple. Discipline is the key for me but that is a learned skill.
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  • Profile picture of the author wifiboos
    It's better to have a strategy that allows you to address all competing needs for your time. Find s balance between your family time and your project and work commitments and stick to it.

    In your strategy use a mind map to describe the elements of your project and the pathways to each element.
    Then set about units of work that complete individual tasks in you plan.
    If you get bored for a while doing one thing move to implementing another result in your mind map. The map helps you to keep focussed to deliver your project without wasting time. You can always see whats done and what isn't

    Rewards are always an incentive, so when you complete a unit of work you could take the family out for a burger and film or whatever rocks your boat.

    Another idea is to choose a time of day when you are more productive and keep distractions to a minimum.
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    • Profile picture of the author timexer
      That's a great piece of advice there. However, rewards that I set for myself usually don't work because then I sometimes just "reward" myself anyway. Now rewards that are set externally by other people/opportunities or situation - those kind work best for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author TMets5
    Focus is a huge issue in IM and the main reason why so many marketers are buyers instead of sellers. Turning off the noise is a daily grind due to the constant change in the industry and the products designed to feed that endless machine!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat H
    I was just reading an interesting article by David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute who listed 3 things to consider:

    1 Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. 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.

    2 Allocate your time deliberately by noticing where and when you focus best. Is it day or night, at home or a neutral environment?

    3 Train your mind like a muscle. Practice concentration by turning off all distractions and committing your attention to a single task. Start small, maybe five minutes per day, and work up to larger chunks of time. If you find your mind wandering, just return to the task at hand.

    In particular I am going to try #1 as I often get those easier tasks done first.
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    • Profile picture of the author timexer
      Very useful tips. While learning how things work around us, we also should learn how our body and mind work. Then we if we set the mind properly, the body will follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew Hurst
      Especially appreciated this response!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenji M
    Hi.
    This is my way of keep focusing on jobs effectively everyday.In order to stay focused, reverse the order. Mark tasks that require creativity or concentration early in the morning and then continue with easier work, such as deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.
    I hope this would help you a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aden444
    From years of being distracted, I've learned a few things about lack of focus. Sometimes it's an iron deficiency. I found that I had a genetical iron deficiency which reduces the ability to concentrate. Once I started taking iron pills, it improved my concentration.
    Lack of sleep doesn't help with the concentration the next day either. It also stimulates eating fatty food the next day. Being someone who stays up late often, it negatively affected my concentration.
    I also started using a device called the bio-tuner by Sota instruments in BC, Canada. It's a device that puts in 256 different frequencies into your brain via an electrical current using clips on your ears which brings all of your neurotransmitters in balance. It used to be called the Brain Tuner, but since it had so many other effects on the body, it became the BioTuner instead. I wish it did what the Limitless pill did, but it balances your brain very very well. I know it's kind of weird but when you live your whole life with being distracted, you try anything that works.
    Hope that helps.
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  • I have also been struggling in being focused on the work that I do.
    I have devised a strategy to deal with this issue, and that is by making small goals each and every day and then completing them.
    Making small goals makes you believe they are achievable and gives you no reason to procrastinate unless you yourself are not willing to do that.

    I have tried doing this and it has helped me in becoming more focused than I was before.
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  • According to me:
    Understand what made you lose focus in the first place. ...
    Organize your life. ...
    Know your purpose for doing what you do. ...
    Trust other people to do things. ...
    Regularly make sure you know your priorities. ...
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