It is so easy to get distracted by any number of activities that fill up each and every day, and the problem is that the more capable you are, the more likely you are to be incredibly busy with a lot of things.
The question becomes, “Are these things helping the growth of you and your business? Or are they hindering it?” This can be a difficult question to answer without learning how to focus.
Here are three ideas for you to follow and increase your focus.
1. Get Clear on What the End Goal Is
What are you trying to accomplish? Write it out. Be very clear about what it will look like when done. It’s this initial step that makes room for all the rest, so take the time to be supremely clear about it.
The truth is, you will start at one level of clarity and as you start to take action, you will find additional layers of clarity. However, to get to those additional layers, you must first be as clear as you can be in this moment.
What is the end goal? Write it down.
2. Clear Your Environment
One thing I do to stop being distracted every moment of every day is put my phone on silent all the time. The smartphone has become a source of interruption that you must take control of. You do not need to respond to every blip, buzz, or vibration that happens. If you stopped to count them, you would be horrified how frequently they happen.
Set times for when you will return phone calls and state it clearly on your voicemail message. Do not look at the phone unless you are about to make a call or you have chosen to update social media or do another mobile task. Be very deliberate about your environment. Your smartphone, though little, is a huge thing that cuts out your ability to focus.
3. Use the Pomodoro Technique
Human beings find it incredibly difficult to concentrate on any one thing for long periods of time. Accept that and arrange to have regular breaks through the day. The pomodoro technique is when you work hard for twenty five minutes and stop for five to do something completely different. This allows you to focus your mind in short bursts, get a lot done, and then take a quick but complete break.
This is something, as a pharmacist, I did to make sure that I did not make errors in my work of dealing with the medication of my patients. I would focus on collecting the prescription and checking there were no adverse interactions, and then, I would take a complete 30 second or more break from that specific prescription and come back to it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. It is incredible how easy it is to make mistakes when you do not put in that mental break. The Pomodoro technique is an extension of this.
Apply these three ideas to your life and see what difference it makes to how productive you are each day.