When you dilute your energy, spreading your activities in many directions, the result is inertia. When you focus your efforts, the result is solid, predictable movement in the direction of your focus. Thus, you accelerate business growth. — Mary Doize
You are at the starting line in a marathon. You envision yourself pacing through each lap with ease and taking the victory. Standing on the podium with a smug grin as if you saw victory all along. The gun goes and you start running. Confident. Full of energy and ready to win.
Then you start to sweat, your heart is racing faster as you gasp for as much air as you can. Your legs begin to burn. And your feet start feeling the battering they are taking from the solid group beneath.
In that moment, you stop as everyone runs past you. You decide. “I’ve had enough of this race,I’ll try the high jump instead”.
We live in a wonderful world full of opportunity and plenty more distractions. With gurus and ‘influencers’ giving us buckets of advice on lucrative business ideas. It can all become a whirlwind of information scrambled up in your brain. Each taking turns to sit on the priority seat.
Like the runner, we end up pursuing things with a natural enthusiasm for success. Our minds wander. Seeing the beginning and jumping to the conclusion.
Then reality hits. Issues arise that we could never have expected while watching that Youtube video. It all seemed so simple and fool-proof.
We panic and feel the stress levels rising by the second. Soon it becomes too much work, we start to put it off till tomorrow, get distracted and lose the momentum. We end up landing on another great idea which we believe will be the one that sets us up for life.
There are a million and one things that command our attention in the world. In this article I will be looking at how to stay focused not only on the task at hand but also when things get hard. How to stay focused on your vision.
The only way to get through it is to go through it. — Ambiculture
1. Focus on one thing (at a time)
As mentioned above. Business ideas are always floating about like butterflies waiting to be captured. But these butterflies need constant care and attention. turn your back for one second and the butterfly begins to die.
Not every business, project or idea is for everyone. Some people are still searching for that thing that resonates with them the most. If you are one of the lucky ones to find what you have a passion for and you want to make it into a business (a successful one). Keep your eye on the prize.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue different things. Focusing on one thing at a time means exactly that. Give the time to this one thing until it becomes its own thing and doesn’t need your full time and attention to survive.
2. Dedicated time is productive time.
Now is the time to turn off those little red badges. Turn down those annoying casino like notification bells. In fact, you may as well turn off the whole phone!
Just like ideas, distractions are plentiful. They sneak around your head looking for an opening to get in there and disturb your flow. Minimise the risk of being distracted. Put yourself in a distraction free zone. Turn off everything that may be a temptation and focus.
Dedicate an amount of time to whatever you are doing but be realistic also. Acknowledge your general focus peak and try and stay in that moment.
The Pomodoro technique is a great method to use to help you stay focused.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique was invented in the early 1990s by developer, entrepreneur, and author Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo named the system “Pomodoro” after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his work as a university student. The methodology is simple: When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks. This trains your brain to focus for short periods and helps you stay on top of deadlines or constantly-refilling inboxes. With time it can even help improve your attention span and concentration.
3. Plan, equals clarity equals consistency.
Sometimes the reason for a lack of focus is simply the lack of clarity. And to have clarity it is a good idea to have a plan. Long-term, short-term and daily. (even hourly if you have the planning power!)
“Where there is no vision the people perish.” — Proverbs 29:18
Revising those plans regularly keeps you on the right path. Can you imagine only seeing one sign on a motorway for a thousand miles!
Constantly reminding yourself of where you are going keeps your mind sharp. You stay consistent for a longer period of time.
4. Take a moment to do nothing.
A break away from it all is necessary to refresh and re-energise. Make some time to relax and do nothing. I find going away to be the best thing, as I can never help myself but to work or jump on my phone when I’m at home.
Staying focused is a difficult thing but it is crucial to success. There is so much information and so much entertainment trying to take our focus. Mastering a state of flow and dedicating yourself to what is in front of you is the quickest way to succeeding in anything.
On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut. — Neal A. Maxwell