Steps to Improve Your Focus

Really, the only way to live the life you want is to focus it. And the only way to focus your life is to determine its purpose. Nothing else matters until you do so. Nothing. Until you figure out what you want and how you are going to get it- you are merely floating. Floating down a river that is directed by the desires and actions of everyone and everything else around you. Here are certain ways in which you can focus and increase your productivity. 

  1. Silence your phone.
  2. Block out background browser tabs/notifications. 
  3. Mute your Gmail with inbox pause.
  4. Clean your desk.
  5. Write distractions down for later.
  6. Save articles & videos in Pocket.
  7. Take regular breaks.
  8. Work in varied environments, coffee shops, parks etc.
  9. Sit by a window.
  10. Smell something pleasant, like lemons or lavender.
  11. Set the thermostat for 70-77 degrees.
  12. Go for a walk.
  13. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, & healthy food.
  14. Buy plants.
  15. Listen to ambient music.
  16. Meditate.
  17. Look at photos of nature or cute animals.

Once you reach a certain point in life, once you achieve a certain level of self-awareness, you really only have two options: figure out the overall purpose to your life and start to fulfill it, or create a fog around your life to avoid the pain of not knowing its purpose.  Did you like the list? Leave me a comment. Thank you. 


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  1. lfpessemier says:

    I love this! thank you. I try to focus every day, some easier than others.

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    1. You must also avoid typical distractions such as emails, being hungry or tired, or the people around you. Focus is so important because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Without good focus, all aspects of your ability to think will suffer. Thank you for leaving a comment on my posts. Gratitude.


  2. KITU MITU says:

    Love this… Every time i decide to take a break.. I do these.. Also includes reading a book..

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    1. When we are focused, we concentrate all our attention or energy on a single aspect. This is different from increased overall focus, which helps people have a better understanding of what is happening around them. Those with greater focus are often committed to development and personal growth.

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  3. Aj Ignacio says:

    Brief and concise post. Thank you for this.

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    1. Another important thing to remember is that not all distractions are external. Environmental noises and interruptions are often easier control than the internal distractions that might make it difficult to focus your attention. Exhaustion, worry, anxiety, poor motivation, and other internal disturbances can be particularly difficult to avoid.

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  4. “create a fog around your life to avoid the pain of not knowing its purpose.” wow

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  5. “As Time Progresses”


    1. Love the bit about creating a fog — accurately describes how it feels!

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      1. Thank you Eve. It’s all about changing the schemas in your head. Nothing is permanent, even our thoughts. We can choose to think different anytime.

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  6. Nina Gerber says:

    Thank you I did – very helpful!

    *Kind regardsNina Gerber*

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    1. Minimizing these sources of distraction often sounds easier than it really is. While it might be as simple as turning off the television or radio, you might find it much more challenging to deal with an interrupting co-worker, spouse, child, or roommate.

      One way to deal with this is to set aside a specific time and place and request to be left alone for a period of time. Another alternative is to seek out a calm location where you know you will be able to work undisturbed. The library, a private room in your house, or even a quiet coffee shop might all be good spots to try.


  7. Dragthepen says:

    Teaching these stepa one by one to my students👍

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    1. Improving your mental focus is achievable, but that does not mean that it is necessarily quick and easy. If it was simple, then we would all have the razor-sharp concentration of an elite athlete. It will take some real effort on your part and you may have to make some major changes to some of your daily habits.

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  8. Tina S. says:

    I love the list you provided. Also, you may want to try keeping a journal. It’s like having an excuse to talk to and re-examine yourself free from external influences and judgments. So far, journal writing and blogging keep me sane these days. Lol.

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    1. “Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.” — Stephen R.Covey
      Journaling daily is the most potent and powerful keystone habit you can acquire. If done correctly, you will show up better in every area of your life — every area! Without question, journaling has by far been the number one factor to everything I’ve done well in my life.

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      1. Tina S. says:

        Indeed! 🙂

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  9. angiekat says:

    “Write distractions down for later”
    I will start incorporating this into my daily hyper focus sessions.

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    1. Ditch your smartphone notifications. While completely shutting down your smartphone isn’t always practical, managing your notifications is. Frequent pop-ups are distracting and almost guaranteed to pull your attention away from the task at hand. When you need to complete detail-oriented work, shut noncritical notifications off so you can focus with greater ease.

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  10. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Little things, little habits equate to larger issues. Managing our fun, work, stress, etc. is so important.

    Thank you,


    On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 11:37 PM Be Inspired..!! wrote:

    > empress2inspire posted: “Really, the only way to live the life you want is > to focus it. And the only way to focus your life is to determine its > purpose. Nothing else matters until you do so. Nothing. Until you figure > out what you want and how you are going to get it- you are mere” >

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    1. I agree Gary. You always say the best things!!

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