Improve Your Focus

Every day involves a constant and massive amount of work at times seemingly overwhelming. Our personal expectations are high as well. We think that we should successfully complete everything on our plates. We demand personal excellence. The work is complex, involving significant decision making and problem solving skills. When we struggle to get it all done and done correctly we think it must be the way we are working. Maybe our time management skills need work. Maybe we should attend a class on decision making techniques. The truth is your brain has biological limits. No matter how much effort you put in, you can’t sit there and make
brilliant decisions all day.

Here are few questions that you need to ask yourself in order to prioritise things and bring more focus in your life :

  • Get clear on your priorities. Clear priorities allow you to focus on what matters most. What are your top 3 priorities?
  • Environment. Discomfort equals distraction. How could you improve your environment?
  • Timers. How could you use a timer to super focus on a project, or limit time sucks like emails & social media?
  • Finish What You Start. Avoid brain fog and overwhelm. When & where could you do that little bit extra, and get things finished?
  • One Thing At a Time. Where does multitasking reduce your focus? Do one ting well instead of several things distractedly.
  • Courage To Say “No”. Where could you say “No” more? When we say “Yes” to someone else, it often means saying “No” to something in our own life.
  • Understand Your Focus Boosters. What boosts your focus? e.g. a cup of coffee, stroking a pet, using headphones, classical music or taking a “stretch” break.
  • Self Care. Do you ignore your needs and then end up distracting yourself instead? Where could more self-care increase your focus?
  • Eliminate Distraction. When focus is required you need zero tolerance for distractions. What are the top 3 ways you distract yourself.
  • Discipline. When chosen freely, discipline is uplifting & inspiring. Where do you need to be more disciplined in service of you?

They say awareness is the first step to self-improvement. Self-awareness is the path to understanding your behaviour and actions. When you understand yourself, you can make the necessary changes to achieve success.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Agreed Garima. Must focus one’s are mentioned here. Yes and No play a pivotal role in our decision making and behavior. We should know when to say No.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes No is very important.

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      1. Ambiguity in this, will put us in unwanted ride of emotions. For instance, had I not said no, he/she would have felt better. We start putting themselves in our shoes and think. Something which is not needed. Empathy is fine. But this is altogether a different one.

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      2. Garima says:

        Ah the complexity of emotions Manohar. Topic for another day maybe πŸ™‚

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      3. Yep Garima. Go for it. Would like to see. WIP until then, I presume πŸ˜‰

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      4. Garima says:

        Hahahha yes indeed a WIP

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  2. vidzthepenowriter says:

    Really helpful, thank you Garima!πŸ˜€

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it.

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  3. Wonderful blog! It would help many.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it Sangeetha. Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. I sure am writing piece on focus on my blog. related stuff, so thought to comment

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    1. Garima says:

      I am looking forward to reading it πŸ™‚

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      1. sure, after I finish up the series I am working on. Since focus and psychology are my topics of interest, unwavering focus is the need.

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      2. Garima says:

        Good luck πŸ‘πŸΌ

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  5. Lovely blog about wellbeing – will help many people! X

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a message. Most people don’t have trouble with focusing. They have trouble with deciding.
      What I mean is that most healthy humans have a brain that is capable of focusing if we get the distractions out of the way. Have you ever had a task that you absolutely had to get done? What happened? You got it done because the deadline made the decision for you. Maybe you procrastinated beforehand, but once things became urgent and you were forced to make a decision, you took action.

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      1. Very wise words and so true! Thank you

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      2. Garima says:

        πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

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  6. My website focusses on topics similar to this one. I would really appreciate it if you could have a look at my blog and see what you think? I’d love some support as I’m quite new. Thanks so much

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    1. Garima says:

      Sure will do πŸ™‚

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  7. Kintaricus says:

    Bravo! Another inspirational truth told to the whole World!!

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it so much. Focus can only occur when we have said yes to one option and no to all other options. In other words, elimination is a prerequisite for focus. As Tim Ferriss says, β€œWhat you don’t do determines what you can do.” Of course, focus doesn’t require a permanent no, but it does require a present no. You always have the option to do something else later, but in the present moment focus requires that you only do one thing. Focus is the key to productivity because saying no to every other option unlocks your ability to accomplish the one thing that is left.

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      1. Kintaricus says:

        Duly noted!!πŸ˜‰

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  8. Good pointers. Often we do know it, but get muddled up at times πŸ˜€

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Deepika, we know everything. It’s our focus indeed. The ability to concentrate on something in your environment and direct mental effort toward it is critical for learning new things, achieving goals, and performing well across a wide variety of situations. Whether you are trying to finish a report at work or competing in a marathon, your ability to focus can mean the difference between success and failure.

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  9. RPR says:

    Trying to improve thank you though something like what I was seeking

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you found it helpful.

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  10. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Man! Yes, I see the distractors that plaque us as a society, especially the social media interruptions. There is also a certain level of maturity for us as we see the need for focus and we have a reason to complete things. In reality some of my students would get this, but some are pulled in too many directions.

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    1. Garima says:

      Indeed Gary. We need to bring more awareness, more focus. A little alone time would be beneficial for starters.

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      1. gpavants says:

        Yes, isn’t funny today that some view alone time as lonely time. We need down time, too.

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      2. Garima says:

        Yes you are correct Gary.

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