Nothing gets me more irritated then when I can’t focus on what needs to get done. So, what really is focus and how to you keep ahold of it or get it back when you lose it? Let’s get right to it.
- a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts
- a point at which rays of light, heat, or other radiation meet after being refracted or reflected
- to bring to a focus or into focus; cause to converge on a perceived point: to focus the lens of a camera.
- concentrate: to focus one’s thoughts; to focus troop deployment in the East.
- to be or become focused: My eyes have trouble focusing on distant objects.
- to direct one’s attention or efforts: Students must focus in class.
- A point at which reflected or refracted rays of light converge.
- A point of a conic at which rays reflected from a curve or surface converge.
- The fact of the convergence of light on the photographic medium.
- The quality of the convergence of light on the photographic medium.
- Concentration of attention.
- The exact point of where an earthquake occurs, in three dimensions (underneath the epicentre).
- The indicator of the currently active element in a user interface.
- Most important word or phrase in a sentence or passage, or the one that imparts information.
What is Focus and Why you need it?
We are going to focus on the ‘concentration of attention‘ meaning of the word. This is the act of concentrating your attention on any one thing. In order to focus on that one thing you must put aside the other things vying for your attention and keep trained on that one thing.
There are times when you need to get a project complete, research done, or that nagging chapter you need to finish; this is where focus is going to get you through to that last step (or to the next one). There are always times you want to stop, take a break, or quit all together. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely times where you NEED that break, but don’t let it take hold so much that you forget why you’re trying to focus and continue in the first place. Take that break, but Keep Going, you can do it!
How to find/be focused
Although, your mind is capable of focusing on more than one thing at a time; I mean, come on, who doesn’t love multitasking. The only problem with that is your split mind is trying to concentrate on too many things at once and you’re not getting as much as you could be getting done, complete. You need to focus on one task, goal, etc at a time in order for your focus to really work as it should.
So, in order to find focus you should concentrate on one thing at a time. The trick to it, is that you don’t move onto anything else until that one goal or task is achieved. You may want to spread your thoughts and move to more projects, but when your focus is split, it’s hard to get multiple things done.
Ways to Focus
- Stop Procrastinating – Get to that thing you’ve been putting off.
- Turn off Notifications – Better yet, put the electronics in the other room so you won’t hear the phone ring or notifications from your favorite game.
- Create a list – Stick to the most important first. – Commit to one thing at a time
- Create Deadlines – What motivates better than having a deadline?
- Make the Choice – You have to make the choice to focus on what, when.
- Keep Calm and Forge On – Keep going, Forge ahead to the next goal.
- Minimize the Noise – As much as you can
- Create a Plan – Stick to it.
- Don’t compare Yourself to Others – only you know how you can do better.
- Create a Reward System – who doesn’t like rewards for doing well?!
- Work on Full Screen – To minimize distractions
- Create a Routine
- Measure Your Progress – See where you’ve come and where you want to go.
- Enjoy the Process – Love what you do!
- Embrace Failure – It’s going to happen, learn from it and Forge On!
So, now that you have some ways to focus in your toolbox, go and get back into the rhythm and harmony you were once at. And don’t forget to love what you do, because there is no greater feeling than rising every morning to do what you love doing the most.