Ways To Stay Focused in a World Full of Direction

1. Set up your day the night before

Before you go to sleep, make some basic decisions about what you will do tomorrow. Getting into the habit of planning your day in advance will remove your easiest decisions from the table, making it easier to avoid getting sidetracked and wasting time and energy on small, unimportant things.

2. Do the most difficult things first

The most difficult duties will not get easier the more we fret about them or put them off. We will only waste energy that would be better spent by just digging in.

3. Eliminate distractions and time wasters

Real emergencies will come up and we have to deal with them. The majority of situations that do come up to distract us are not emergencies and do not require us to respond right away. Many of these situations will resolve themselves on their own with time.

4. Regenerate and keep up your energy

Take a quick break when working on something if you feel your energy fading. Take a brisk walk, run, stretch, or do whatever creates results for you to take a brief retreat from the work and regenerate. You will come back to your task with renewed vigor and a sharper mental focus.

5. Constantly remind yourself for your ultimate goals.

Create a vision board, a mind movie, or some system that serves as a constant reminder of what you are working toward. The “why” behind the goal is crucial as it will serve as a motivator. The emotional connect is hugely important, as this will motivate you to keep moving toward your goal.

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