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Strategies For Focusing on Yourself And in Everything You Do

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Focusing on yourself as well as those things that matter is always great. In this article, you will get to know strategies you can use to do just that.

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The ability to focus has been a major concern for most people. Sure, distractions will come, but focusing on yourself and in everything you do is still possible.

Can I really stress much on how important it is to focus? Although, there are challenging factors about it.

Focus is important because it is a gateway to all thinking such as memory, perception, decision making, problem-solving, and reasoning.

In other words, without it, all aspects of your ability to think will actually suffer.

Also, it is important for success because it will leverage your productivity.

People will say, “Be more focus in life” but I understand it may not be easy as it sounds to stay focused.

We all want to have more, have less stressful days, jump at the big things, keep in touch with loved ones, and get engaged with our environment, and it goes on and on.

One of my favorite quotes says, “starve your distractions. Feed your focus.”

Right, you have to pay attention to your focus, so you can starve those distractions and kill them off.

So how do you go about starving those distractions so that you can feed your focus?

That we shall look into in this article.

Table of Contents

Full meaning of focus

The word focus means fixing on a central point. It also refers to the undivided attention given to something.

For example, when you have a lens focused on something or the eyes focused on a lens, then adjustments have been made to see clearly.

That was as a result of the presence of focus that made it possible for you to see clearly the way you had wanted to.

You can also define focus as a central point, in terms of attention, activity, and attraction.

In addition, the meaning of focus in science means a point at which reflected or refracted rays of light coverage occurs.

Focus synonym

Its Synonyms are: aim, direct, level, nail, point, set, zero in on, home in on, hone in on, heed, and mind.

But it doesn’t matter how you put it or how another person puts it, its synonyms mean the same thing.

The only difference is that focus is used more often, and it is easily understood by the majority.

Possible causes of losing focus

Losing focus means being absent-minded or being carried away by distractions that steal your ability to think and concentrate.

In that case, in order for you to stay focused, you need to find out what your distractions are. That way you can come up with the right mindset and strategies to help you concentrate.

But even at that, the following can also cause a lack of focus:

  • Anxiety
  • Lots of pressure
  • Poor planning
  • Poor energy
  • Indecision
  • Poor usage of priorities

Note that anxiety can also cause a lack of focus, because the state of uneasiness it creates puts one in pressure, making the person not to concentrate.

However, to calm your anxiety and focus, you need to do the following:

  • Try gentle stretches often
  • Communicate with people around you
  • Drink lots of water
  • Practice good breathing
  • Make a list of things to do
  • Take some minutes to meditate
  • Don’t feel bad about it

In case you want to train your brain to focus, you can do that by reading books a lot, and playing more deep thinking games like chess and puzzles.

Focusing on yourself

To start focusing on yourself, you need to learn how to focus on everything, then focusing on yourself will be easy.

Learn to accept yourself and get your priorities right, as well as finding your purpose.

You should also learn not to overuse or overdo things, even though you think they are things you derive pleasure from, especially when lots of tasks and goals you want to sort out are at hand.

Also, you can use Adderall to help you with focusing on yourself.

Adderall contains ADHD that helps stimulates the nerve to calm and relieve anxiety so you can concentrate.

Strategies for focusing on yourself and in everything you do

Below is the focus strategy you can use to improve focusing on yourself and stop losing focus.

1. Figure out when you are less busy

This is the first step for focusing on yourself and in everything you do.

Because unless you can really differentiate between when you are really busy and when you are less busy, you can’t concentrate on the important tasks at hand.

Important tasks come with more busy schedules, so failing to understand your schedules means failing to concentrate on those tasks that are important.

In addition, avoid the least resistance motivator to ensure you are well motivated to carry out those tasks during your tight schedules.

Once in a while, during your less busy times, that would be a good time to throw in a few of those things you had loved to do.

The mistake most people make is getting caught up with certain things and activities that steal their focus and stops then from focusing on what they’re doing.

In other words, they end up bringing those things that distract them from focusing on their busy schedules.

It’s important you keep those things off your busy schedules, so you can focus on the important tasks that need your attention.

2. Plan your days a day before

Just like good mental preparation, planning your days a day before ensures you filter out those things that are likely to distract you the next day.

A good mastery of planning your days a day before is a good mastery of mental preparation.

With good mental preparation, you can plan effectively and keep check of your commitment towards any goal or task you have at hand.

Also, it makes sure your self-control is in check and helps you figure out how busy you will be, so you don’t get caught up with doing the wrong things.

As every day goes by, there are always many things going on in your head.

So going into another day without clearing your head and setting up fresh plans for the next day won’t help with focusing on what you do.

But if you plan your days a day before, it will help to reduce pressure and keep you more organized. That way, you can stay focused throughout the next day.

You will notice that once that day comes, you will be in control of what you want to do and those you don’t want to do.

3. Put more energy in morning times

Morning times are the start of every day and it comes with more important things to do compared to later in the day.

However, the problem is that there tends to be a lesser vibe in the morning, as better mood energizes and boost willingness to do something with concentration.

Can you think of how many times have you shared a great mood or vibed really well with anyone during morning times? That’s rare.

So, why is it important to put more energy in the morning? Because better mood forces us to focus and work even better.

When you have good mood, you can carry out tasks at ease better than when you are not.

In that case, in order not to get distracted because your mood is down, you put more energy to help you with focusing on those heavy tasks.

And not forgetting, there are more important tasks to do in the morning compared to later in the day.

So, the key to being focused throughout your day is to put more energy in the morning times, then later in the day, more energy will come naturally.

Once you feel energized later in the day, any other thing you do for the day will be easier for you. That way can be more focused.

4. Start with priorities

Do you know that most of those things that aren’t priorities to you could be stealing your focus?

Right. But sadly enough, the bitter truth about setting or starting with priorities is that they tend to be very boring and difficult to go with.

Well, such is life. But you just have to see it as a prize you have to pay for focusing on yourself and your goals.

Every day, people are achieving great things with difficult priorities, and empires are built with tough priorities. It’s never easy.

Those things you know that matter a lot to you, pay attention to them, then you will be more focused.

You don’t really have to find it difficult to keep up with your priorities, you just have to believe you have goals to achieve. Let your goals motivate you.

The greater news is that later on, every other thing will fall in place when you get your priorities right.

These priorities will keep pushing you to be more focused. They’ll act as your positive motivators.

And, because you don’t want to cause anxiety or put pressure on you, so starting with your priorities will ease things for you.

5. Dictate when to ignore cellphones

How many times do you look at your phone to check for something or even use it when you’re busy?

Sure, I know, it can be tempting to look at your phone. But as tempting as it is, so it can be distracting, especially with the advancement of smartphones and its usage.

You can go on having more time with your phone when you have figured out the time you are less busy.

Another way you could go about with dictating when to ignore your phone is to try as much as you can to put it out when you in company with someone.

That way, you will learn to master how to ignore it and learn to consider more important things over your phone.

It just has to be practiced to be perfected, to make sure you master how and when to ignore cellphones.

Also, it helps to control pressure, especially when you are a big-time social media user. And controlling your pressure helps to keep you more focused.

A minute on your phone multiplied by several times can get you to lose concentration as you go on and on with it.

6. Create a distraction-free environment

You know those things that tend to distract you. But you don’t know what yours are, it’s important you identify them.

That was why it was earlier stated that identifying your distractions is part of how to be more focused.

Whether you are reading, writing, working in the office, or fixing something, an environment free of distractions is vital.

Not just that a distraction-free environment helps you focus, it extends further.

A good mastery of doing things in quiet environments makes you prone to mastering a high level of focus in life, in general.

Anything at all that doesn’t add to your focus is definitely a distraction.

Little of anything you neglect could be a distraction if it doesn’t seem to get you to concentrate on something that demands your attention.

That means it mustn’t be loud jazz or hip hop music playing in the background, you just need to figure out anything that distracts you and eliminate it.

What may not be distracting to one person may be distracting to another person, because humans are different.

7. Use 2 + 8 prioritization technique

Your priorities are there, probably lots of them.

In that case, how do you leverage your prioritization even better? You use the 2 + 8 prioritization technique.

It means starting with lesser high priorities to make sure you don’t overload the priorities on your agenda.

When you have sorted out the lesser high priorities (2), then you proceed with the rest of the high priorities (8). This will help to lower anxiety and pressure that could steal your focus.

Now, depending on your plans and goals, you may want to be very thoughtful when bringing up the higher priorities.

If your goals and plans are likely to fail as you put pressure on yourself by bringing up those higher priorities, you may want to slow it down.

Afterward, you give time for every other thing to fall in place while being more focused.

The 2 + 8 prioritization technique is a method that covers all your priorities but deals with you going slow, one step at a time.

Wrap up

The ability to focus will help you to leverage your thinking ability and help you in achieving success.

Anxiety, Lots of pressure, poor planning, poor energy, Indecision, and poor usage of priorities are possible causes of losing focus.

But with little effort by focusing on yourself and using proper strategies, you will be able to focus.

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