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13 Tips for Staying Focused

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Can you stay focused as a child playing a video game?

Or  kids who have selective hearing?

Not sure about yours, but my three boys have what I call ‘selective hearing’.

They cannot hear me say tidy your room or get back to your home work… Sometimes they can’t even hear the phone ringing

But…  they can hear any conversation about food, games & music.

What about you? Can you stay focused?

I mean with all the things around you crying out for your attention?

Staying focused is a challenge for me as with many online entrepreneurs.

There are ample opportunities to get distracted especially when you are working from home & nobody is watching.

Recently I read an excellent book – “Double Double” by Cameron Herold.

In this book there is a whole chapter on Personal Productivity and Mr.Herold shares some of his tips for staying focused.

I find that it is a useful list for anyone who wants to increase productivity. Hope you find it helpful just as I do.

Here are Cameron’s 13 Tips for Staying Focused:

  1. Breathe – Slow down to breathe help your brain to focus. If I get distracted during a task, I take a couple deep breaths before get back to the task.
  2. Compress time – I haven’t practiced this personally but I think this is a great idea.  Cameron goes on to say, “Pretend you have just two hours a day to work. What three to five things you would do during those two hours each day?”. Then he suggests that you must either stop doing everything else or delegate them, so you can focus on most important tasks that are needed to grow your business.
  3. Eat something – You need to eat something healthy and drink water. This will give you energy and help you think better.
  4. Get out of email – This is one of the time wasters and energy suckers. Please don’t make it a habit to check your email first thing in the morning.
  5. Let fear guide you – If you are working for someone else most often than not you have targets and deadlines to meet. I bet you did everything possible to adhere to them. Same with your own business, what will you miss if you don’t work your plan? Let that guide you…
  6. Minimize distraction – Keep a clean work area. I agree with Cameron 100% here. You heard that “Cluttered Desk-Cluttered Mind”
  7. Put your headphones on – Cameron said that he get hyper-productive when he listens to a genre of music called psy-trans. I haven’t done this yet, but happy to give it a go.
  8. Reward yourself – Breakdown your major projects to tasks and reward yourself at the completion of each task. This is something I need to incorporate to my business.
  9. Set timers – This is something I always do. I used to set the timer for 50 minutes until I had my shoulder surgery & couldn’t work for that long. Then I started following Pomodoro Technique and work for 25 minutes at a time.
  10. Slay the dragon – Identify the most important task & finish it first before doing anything else. This may be the most difficult task that you always wanted to put off. This is actually prioritizing your tasks.
  11. Tell two others – I call this having an “accountability partner”. The fact is that we are not good at being accountable to ourselves. It is easy to buy into out own excuses, so it is important to tell others who support you. When you are doing this, you need to be clear about the project and the completion date. This is where your coach can help you.
  12. Turn off the damn “ding” – I love the way Cameron describe the notifications on our devices. Yes, turn them off!
  13. Write them down – I hope you all do this. I love writing the list and ticking them off. Well… actually I love ticking them off than writing them. Cameron uses “Stickies” app on the Mac, that is a good idea. I just write them on my white board.

So what do you think? How many out of these 13 do you practice? Are there any other tips you can add to this list?

Please tell us in the comments section below. Love to hear from you.

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  • Harleena Singh July 31, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Hi Damayanthi,

    Ah…I could so well relate to your kids and the way they act as if they can’t hear us, when they can! I guess all kids go through that phase, and nowadays with the advancement of technology and all the gizmos around, no can really stay focused.

    I loved your tips mentioned, and yes, if we practice these, there’s a lot we can do to remain focused. I’d also add practicing meditation as that increases your power to focus too., and deep breathing is a part of it too.

    My major problem to remain focused are the distractions, whether it’s the emails, or notifications on the social medias, or my kids and home – and unless I don’t shut them ALL off, I really can’t sit to work. But once I do – I am fully focused and can do the same work in half the time.

    Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Damayanthi August 2, 2013, 8:53 am

      Hi Harleena,

      You are right, when you practice meditation it is easy to focus on tasks. Well breathing can be a part of it, if you are watching your breath as part of your breathing. The other thing with meditation is that you get so much clarity.

      I can relate to your challenge with distractions specially with kids and social media.

      Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week-end.


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