Living in such a busy world it is ever increasingly difficult to stay focused on the task in hand.
Being able to focus and concentrate on a single task has many benefits. It often ensures a better job, it can often be completed quicker, it will help to prevent errors or mistakes and other things aren’t compromised either.
So here are my top 5 tips to help you concentrate and use the power of F.O.C.U.S.
F = Five more rule
There are two kinds of people — those who have learned how to work through frustration, and those who wish they had. From now on, if you’re in the middle of a task and tempted to give up — just do FIVE MORE. Read FIVE MORE pages, make FIVE MORE calls, work FIVE MORE minutes.
Just as athletes build physical stamina by pushing past the point of exhaustion, you can build mental stamina by pushing past the point of frustration.
Just as runners get their second wind by not giving up when their body initially protests, you can get your “second mind” by not giving up when your willpower initially protests. Continuing to concentrate when your brain is tired is the key to S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G your attention span and building mental endurance.
O = One thought at a time
Overcome the temptation to think about lots of other things to be done and make your mind a deal it can’t refuse. Yes, the mind takes bribes. Instead of telling it NOT to worry about other things right now (which will cause your mind to think about the very things it’s not supposed to think about!), assign it a single task with start-stop time parameters.
For example, “I will think about how to pay off that credit card debt when I get home tonight. For now, for the next 2 hours from 08:00-10:00am, I will give my complete focus to speaking to the potential prospects at this networking event.”
Still can’t get other concerns out of your head? Write them down on your to-do list so you’re free to forget them. Recording worrisome obligations means you don’t have to use your brain as a “reminder” bulletin board, which means you can give your undivided attention to your top priority task.
C = Conquer procrastination
Don’t feel like concentrating? Are you putting off a task or project you’re supposed to be working on? That’s a form of procrastination. It’s amazing how long it takes to complete something we’re not working on.
Next time you’re about to postpone a responsibility ask yourself three simple questions
These three questions can give you the incentive to mentally apply yourself because they bring you face to face with the fact this task isn’t going away, and delaying will only add to your guilt and make this onerous task occupy more of your mind and time.
U = Unavailability – Remove all outside distracters
Even one distraction can bring your house of cards down, so be complete about this. This means:
S = Stay positive and saviour the success
Having a postive mental attitude in all things is (as we all know) important. Check your own PMA when you start your activity and ensure you have a good attitude towards it. You have decided it is where you are going to spend your time right now, so you might as well enjoy the process too, yes? Having the rightpositive attitude before you start is critical., if your are not in a good space, regroup and work on that attitude and mindset first. And remember your attitude is a choice you make, not an outcome. so choose to be positive.
Look back at your accomplished tasks and celebrate in some way. After accomplishing each and every task, reflect on it and be proud of yourself. Do another game plan for tomorrow and then call it a day. Go on and do something that you find pleasurable.
Just do whatever it takes to ease up your mind and relax your whole system–you deserve it for a job well done.