How to Stay Focused

To accomplish any objectives you set, you have to focus. Plain and simple.

Are You Focused?

Take a second and think about the following questions:
- Are you easily bored when you're not in front of your computer?
- Do you find it difficult to focus on a single task for more than an hour?
- Do you look for a "gadget" or some kind of technology solution for every purpose you can think of?
- Can you sit and read a book or a long magazine article without feeling the need to reach for the TV remote?
- Do you run out of patience with long, in-depth discussions of certain topics?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you might be vulnerable to threats to your attention and focus.

Maintaining (or losing) focus is largely a physical and environmental phenomenon.

Distractions around you make you busy - not productive. They can make you feel like you're accomplishing things by the truckload. The reality is, they sap your energy and your concentration while you get nothing meaningful done. It should be one of your key aims to be able to master your focus instead of being a slave to distraction. Only by doing that will you be able to achieve all your goals in the fastest time possible.
Warning: You're Getting Less Focused Every Day
Today the internet is chipping away at your capacity to concentrate even further - whether you realize it or not.

Computer technology has evolved to shorten your attention span even more. Once upon a time, you used to read books to get information. Today a 5,000 word magazine article is simply too much information. Blogs, ranging from 500 to 700 words, became a prominent source of information. That eventually turned into micro-blogs - tweets. Only 140 characters. The web keeps slamming more and more in front of you. And the more you try to consume the less fully you're able to focus.

Reclaim Your Focus and Get Back on Track
If you could banish those distractions from your thoughts and attention how much better would your life be? How much more could you accomplish? How much more certain of your goals and decisions would you be if you were able to give every one of them your full, undivided attention?

The benefits of controlling your focus are obvious. The "how" to take back control when it starts to wander isn't.
Doing Nothing to Get Your Focus Back...

What can you do when you sense you're losing focus? When you're becoming bored or over stimulated and start looking for the next "challenge" to stimulate your brain?

Here are three simple things you can do to help you reclaim and maintain your focus through all types of distractions.

- Try Meditating: It's simple to do. Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Lie on the floor or sit up straight in a comfortable position. Relax your body (especially your shoulders if you're sitting up,) close your eyes, clear your mind and breath slowly and deeply in and out through your nose. Focus your mind on your breathing only. Feel the air flowing through your nose as it fills and empties from your lungs. If your mind starts to wander, just bring it back and don't worry. Go back to focusing on your breathing. It may take some getting used to at first. But once you do, as little as ten minutes of meditation can wipe out all the noise in your brain.

- Get away from your computer: I do a lot of my writing with a pen and a legal pad. I'm serious. I know the further I can place myself from the distractions of technology the better. It's the same for the majority of entrepreneurs out there. Not only will you get more done, you'll see a change in the quality of what you're working on.

- Work with a timer:. When you sit down to do some work, set the timer for a reasonable amount of time (start small - maybe 30 minutes at the beginning) and then tell yourself that you're going to focus on nothing but the task at hand while that timer is running. When time's up, you can take a short break. Having a goal, a set amount of time on which to work on something, will help you keep your focus.

These three simple exercises will help you refocus when the world around you becomes too big a distraction.

Mastering this behaviour is about regaining control. Control over the objectives you're trying to accomplish. Control over your life and your success. When you can master your attention and shut out all the distractions that threaten to derail you, you virtually assure that you will accomplish the essential, key items you need for your success.

 

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