You can train yourself to stay focused without depending on productivity tools from your devices.
If you are a person who depends on the applications to stay focused on your tasks, you are most definitely not alone. These productivity tools are helpful, especially if you want to finish your heaviest and most important task as early as possible.
Although they say whatever apps you have to help you stay focused or productive throughout the day will not last if you do not ultimately have self-discipline.
So what would you say if you could train yourself to stay focused? And no, it’s not impossible.
Before reading the next section, I want you to believe that you are not lazy, you can stay focused even if it is hard or you do not totally like it, and you are just a human being capable of change.
Be mindful of your reasons.
First, ask yourself why you need to focus on your work.
Sometimes you might not be aware of your reasons for doing something important. You just know that you need to do it. Because if you don’t, you will fail.
If you do not know how to be mindful, try starting your sentences with “I want to focus on… + your task” and finish with “because + the reason.”
Take these as examples:
I want to focus on writing my blog post for an hour because it means a lot to me and I want to be a better writer.
I want to focus on studying at least for 30 min. because I enjoy learning new information and integrating it with my previous knowledge so that I can remember it and be a better learner.
Know your ultimate goal for your tasks. Is it to better your identity or enhance your strengths?
Use this guide.
Also known as the most important task of the day. After waking up every morning, the first thing you’d want to think of is not about the people who messaged you on your socials but the most important task of your day. You must have at least one to start training yourself.
2. 15-min focus session
Once you have your MIT known, you can now start working on it for 15 minutes. Emerge yourself in the zone and feel the great force overflow as you do the first steps of your task. Have small breaks within your sessions until you finish.
You have two choices for this guide, either you do the MIT for 15 minutes or you do not do anything at all. Stare blankly at your table and contemplate on your life decisions.
4. Share your progress with an accountability partner.
It is more exciting to have your progress be reported to an accountability partner. Having this kind of accountability will let you feel that you did something for yourself and track your progress.
1. Eliminate distractions
There is not always going to be an emergency so if you do not need the internet, try to turn it off and not check your messages or emails. Have your phone on airplane mode or keep it away from you. If you badly need the internet, just use the tabs you truly need to use for your task.
2. Multitasking is counterproductive
I always thought multitasking was a game we all should play to finish a lot of work. But then I realized how scammy it was. Instead of finishing your task, you tend to divide your attention to multiple tasks in one sitting and finally not finishing your most important task.
It is better to focus on one and continue with the next one.
When you do not have your thoughts organized, try to pause and count your breaths. Breathe deeply for at least 5 minutes and focus on your breathing.
This helps you keep calm and realize what you need to prioritize to get things done. Be present in the moment, let go of things you can’t control, and focus on what you can do to make the day better, ie do your MIT.
4. If 15 minutes is too long, do 10 min. If that’s too long, do 5 min.
5. Keep practicing.
Training yourself to stay focused is like training yourself to stay fit and healthy. It is extremely troublesome but you must overcome your resistance or excuses. Keep on showing up, keep on practicing, and keep giving yourself a chance.
While productivity tools are useful for staying focused on your tasks, learning on how to discipline yourself is going to give you a huge improvement in your focus and productivity.
You have the guide, now you just got to have the will to start.
The fact that you’re still here reading means that you are determined to start training yourself to stay focused. Try it for 3 days, then one week, then a month, until you form it as a habit and be the best time manager in the world.
Let me know if this helped and if you have more tips, please leave them in the comment section. 🙂
I would love to learn from you! Let’s stay focused and get things done.
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