Don’t Just GET focused, STAY Focused
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, improving oneself entails 73.9% of people’s continuous desires and goals. What an encouraging information this is; to see that the greater majority of individuals recognize that they could think better, do things better, or even simply be a better person.
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Topic: Don’t Just GET focused, STAY Focused
Our subconsciously stipulated problem is two-folded: (1) it’s natural to diverge our attention to pressing matters and (2) we have access to too much information, enabling and encouraging us to get “distracted” every single day.
Being a subconsciously stipulated problem is attributed to the fact that we don’t really intentionally choose to get distracted; distraction initially happens to us as a natural instinct. Thus, “pressing matters”, in a staying-focused realm, can be both welcomed or unwelcomed. Take for example our visual capabilities. Any movements that our eyes can peripherally detect, our natural inclination is to direct our attention to the “distractor”. Thus, to get focused you need to create a mindset to stay focused, fighting and demoting your natural instincts when you are clearly in a safe environment.
If you go to a Starbucks to finish writing up your article, for example, and don’t have the mindset to staying focused till the point of completion, if you are like myself, every three/four people that walk through the doors will “make” you look up; or you might even just look outside and wander off in thoughts due to the fact that it’s raining, and the rain through those wall-size-windows invokes you to wander off in thoughts; or you might just want to respond to emails, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Slack, or text messages. The divergence of our attention is often tested. If we want to be efficient and effective in anything we do, getting and staying focused is a supreme skill that has immense productivity potential. And like with all skills, it takes trials, errors, and time to develop and perfect them.
Access to all types of information, whether interesting or irrelevant, are constantly being dumped in front of our eyes in all sorts of psychologically induced marketing approaches. No wonder it takes allot to do as simple and easy of a task as just getting focused. Gosh, then
how in the world can I get focused, and stay focused?
By gaining awareness and understanding what encapsulates the barriers for getting and staying focused, we can create strategies to overcoming these barriers. There are two primary factors to blame for our distraction: our natural instincts and the overwhelming amount of information.
Because our nature provokes and encourages us to get “distracted,” getting “distracted” becomes a natural habit, for habits are created from repeated actions. And when it becomes a habit, thus feeling it like it is a natural performance, it is continuously enforced, consciously or subconsciously.
Our second factor to blame for is the plethora of information available to us, both paid and unpaid. Here’s a great question that can perfectly illustrate this barrier:
Have you ever gone online to research on a topic and ended up having too much information on it, making your life allot harder on deciding what information acquired is to be or not to be used?
To further elaborate, let’s continue the assumption that we are writing an article. Being that one of your goals is to add value to your readers, you want to cite relevant and compelling data and information published by known entities. Accessing your paid and unpaid pool of information, such as Wall Street Journal or Harvard Business Review, you find so much great supporting content that suddenly it becomes a burden on you, having to make critical decisions to be able to persuade your reader of your point while attempting to keep your article coherent and cohesive.
In order to getting and staying focused, and consequently boosting your productivity, thus becoming more efficient and effective, you must create a habit of getting rid of distractions. Simple steps such as adding extensions to your web browser to block you from accessing certain websites at given timeframes, facing the wall while working at a public establishment to avoid engaging your attention elsewhere, or setting a limit on how much information you are after are practical approaches to getting and staying focused. To facilitate this new habit of learning to stay focused, practice “zoning out” to zoom in. That is, zone out from your potential distractions and zoom into your task at hand.
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