Focus is where your attention is. Focus is intentional or unintentional, internal or external. It is vital for the success of any endeavor.
The purpose of improving your focus is to learn to focus on what is important to you. This is purposeful focus. This type of focus allows you to do your best work in an efficient way.
Tips to Improve Focus:
Commit: In order to narrow and fine-tune your focus you must commit to the project you are working on. You must feel the need to complete your project, whether it is a personal need or job related.
Set Goals: Plan out your project in great detail so that you know you are starting at the beginning. Make a logical progression to prevent unneeded steps, which would mean wasted time and effort.
Declutter your life: This step is vitally important,you must allot the time to work on your project. Take a look at your life and ask yourself: Do I need to be doing all this stuff now? Delegate jobs to other people to allow yourself more time to work on your project.
Set a specific time to work: Do not allow any other appointments to interfere. Let voicemail take your calls. Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your closed-door. Working on your project at the same time everyday will make it a habit, and you will have an easier time focusing.
Set a daily task: This task needs to fit in the allotted time and know that you will not move on to another task until completed and the quality is the best you can offer. You do not want to waste time having to go back and re-do shoddy work.
Ask questions: If you are unclear on any part of the project or on the method to do the research, ask questions. Get help from other people who have experience on the project you are working on. It is a great time waster to keep searching for some piece of information when you can get it by asking for help.
Take a break: If you are sitting there staring at your computer screen and are not being productive because you keep thinking about something that happened earlier. Take a short break, go for a walk, get some fresh air, and take some deep breaths. This will help you center yourself and allow you to get back to work and able to focus.
A person is able to do a better job when focused. Use these tips to reign in a wandering mind. Amaze yourself with what you can do.
Patricia M. Hines