You know that old song, "One is the Loneliest Number"? Well, I think Three Dog Night was dead wrong! If you truly want to succeed, the number one can actually be your best friend.
I'm not talking about being alone though. Instead, I'm talking about focusing on one thing at a time. Specifically, having only one major goal at a time and only doing one thing at a time to help you reach it. This advice may sound simple, but most people have trouble doing it - which is why most people have trouble succeeding.
Here's how you can focus the right way:
- Think about what really matters.
If you take the time to sit down and think about what's really important in your life, you'll find it easier to focus. For example, if your job is robbing you of too much family time, you may be much happier with another job. If you actively work to keep your family in the forefront of your mind, it'll be easier to focus on each specific task that'll move you toward your goal of getting another job.
- Stop overbooking yourself.
A jam-packed to-do list may be a sign of a hard worker, but it's also a sign of someone who lacks focus! If you have 25 different things to do today, your mind will be so overwhelmed that you'll never be able to focus on doing one thing at a time - and, thus, you won't do all of them as well as you should.
Instead, put 2-3 things on your to-do list each day and do the most important task first. Yes, you'll have to fit some "prioritization time" into your schedule, but the end result will be worth it.
- Put your email on the backburner.
A "quick" trip into your inbox is never quick. There's always something in there to distract you, whether it's an email from your boss or a link to a funny cat video. If you want to focus on one thing at a time, you have to eliminate distractions. Checking your email as infrequently as possible is a great way to start!
- Give your brain a breather.
In order to achieve maximum focus, you need your brain operating at its peak. So, before you dive into something new, give your brain a brief break - even if it's just a walk out to the mailbox or a quick cup of coffee. That way, your brain will be refreshed and rejuvenated enough to keep up the focus you so desperately need!
- Don't stop until you're finished
Focusing on one thing at a time means tackling it to the exclusion of everything else until you've conquered it. If your mind tries to wander, tell it "No!" After all, getting what you want requires discipline - even if it means disciplining your own thoughts!
One more tip, and probably the most important of all:
- Get clear about the end result you're after.
Want to know why most folks don't get what they want? They haven't a clue as to what they do want! Thus, their attention is scattered all over the place, and, as a result, their lives are filled with confusion, distractions, interruptions, and trivia.
A crystal clear vision of what you want instantly brings order to your life and makes it readily apparent where your attention should and shouldn't be.
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