Learning to focus is the most essential tool you can have in your arsenal. With current technology allowing us to be more connected than ever, we can oftentimes experience sensory-overload.
Smartphones allow us to literally have the world at our fingertips.
While this is usually a great thing to help advance society, it can be detrimental to the process of actually accomplishing anything.
Modern advancements have given us many time-saving devices and ways to make our lives easier. Yet we are feeling more tired and stressed-out than ever. There are many suggestions on how to maintain control in such an over-stimulated environment. However, the most effective project leaders, those with a PMP certification, know that the solution is actually quite simple.
Being able to focus on the task at hand is the only productivity hack anyone will ever need.
Benefits of Focusing
Most of the work/life hacks that can be found by a cursory web search can be whittled down to one key concept – that of focusing. Whether you are clustering your efforts or blocking time, the essential part of the effort is keeping yourself away from distractions and allowing you dedicated time to complete a task.
By focusing on one specific aspect of a project at a time, you will be able to manage your time much more effectively. Thinking about multiple things at once divides your attention and will not allow you to put forth your best work.
Additionally, focusing on a smaller part of the whole is beneficial for your mental health and morale. Being able to say something is fully complete, even if just a small part, is a great way to give yourself a boost of satisfaction and confidence. This shows that any project, no matter the size, can be finished.
How To Become Focused
There are a multitude of ways a person can become focused, and not every method will work for every person. Some suggestions that work for the majority of people include decluttering your mind by writing To Do lists and seclusion.
The best way to become focused is to clear your mind of any distractions. The hardest part of any project is actually starting it. When your head is full of potential project failures, or other life distractions that you think need to be addressed by you, immediately, the project will fail before it has even begun.
By writing down everything that you are thinking about on a To Do list, for example, you will get all that unnecessary information out of your head. Having it on paper will also make the information easier to visualize, allowing you to address those things when you can. With all the distracting information out of your head, you will now be able to better focus on the task at hand.
Seclusion is another great way to achieve focus.
Turning off the internet connection on your computer (unless you need it for the work you are doing) and putting your phone on Do Not Disturb will limit the intrusions you experience while trying to work. This way, you can give yourself uninterrupted time to just sit and work.
This will also simplify your life by limiting outside distractions that can take away from your concentration.
Also published on Medium.