For most of us distractions are everywhere on our phones, tablet, TV, laptop, friends, family or significant others. Distractions can stop us from reaching our full potential and achieving the goals we have set for our lives. Often times we have a goal we have been working on for months, years or maybe more. Then what I like to call “dream blockers” seem to always appear. No matter what our goals is distractions or obstacles will occur. Which causes us to lose focus on working towards our goal and taking the necessary steps to make them happen. Regardless of all our late nights, early mornings and weekends of chipping away at our goals and dreams. Many times, doubt and fear start to rear its ugly head and we begin to think thoughts such as “Am I good enough”, “Is my goal unrealistic”, or “Will I ever achieve this goal or should I try something different”. All these negatives thoughts can come from a combination of places distracting us from our purpose. Here are five methods we can utilize to eliminate distractions and focus on our goals!
- Turn off all electronics – If you’re anything like me your phone is bombarded by notifications throughout the day whether it’s my email, social media platforms, text messages or phone calls. These notifications can distract us from our daily task that we need to do to get closer to our goals. A method anyone can adopt is the at least an hour a day method. When for at least an hour a day you put down all electronics and focus on a task without any distractions. This time can be utilized to focus on a particular task and lose the extra noise.
- Reduce chaos & focus on 2-3 important tasks daily – For most all goals there are about 20 to 30 tasks a day that we need to complete. Majority of the time when we try to focus on all these tasks at once our focus is terrible. Thus, we tend to lose focus and become scatterbrained. Therefore, its more effective to break down our task to the necessities concentrating on 2-3 tasks a day (even one is fine).
- Focus on the daily grind – An easy way to destroy our focus is to look at our goal as some huge esoteric accomplishment that it is. Most goals will take at least a few weeks to years to accomplish depending on what our goals is. The time it takes to complete a goal can discourage us from even starting. This separates from the people who dream about their goal and the ones who are working every day to achieve it. For example, if your goal was to become a better writer and you wanted to be published on the Huffington Post or the New York Times. Before concentrating on submitting proposals to these publications you would work on your writing daily. An easy task to get started is to write at least 200 words per day with a minimum of 7 sentences per day. The key is not to focus on the overall goal, but on daily task that will get us closer to said goal.
- Implement focus practice – Utilizing focus exercises can improve our overall discipline. The most popular practice is meditation when we truly focus and relax our minds. This helps with discipline and focus that we can apply to our daily lives. Another focus practice is Pomodoro technique using a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. This technique can also help with concentration and has be used in fortune 500 companies for 20 plus years.
- Keep your vision/goals in mind – Always keep your goals or vision in the forefront of your mind. If you want to be a singer, writer, work from home, lose weight or become financially free. Knowing what we need to focus on can help us push through when times get rough and we feel like giving up. This is when we remind ourselves what we’re sacrificing for and keep pushing towards our predestined greatness.
If you think back to our school days we were never taught how to learn and focus, but how to shut-up, be quiet and maybe learn something. Thus, it was pretty much a hit or miss if we actually retained the information we were given. Therefore, we have to learn how to focus and master the ability to concentration.
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