Focus with Skill
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power.” — Tony Robbins
Focus is your friend. You just need to know how to play well together.
Focus is the key to finishing what you start. It’s also the key to getting results from the time you already spend. It’s also one of the most precious assets that you can learn to better direct in the information age, where attention is a premium currency.
Your focus is up against a lot in today’s world. There are plenty of interesting distractions, attention thieves, and bright and shiny objects that compete for your attention. To make it worse, your internal distractions are actually more seductive than the external ones. Internal distractions include anything from internal conflict, to competing priorities, to your mental chatter, worries, and doubts.
If you can master your internal distractions, everything else is a piece of cake. That’s how you lead yourself with skill from the inside out.
Equip Yourself for the Rest and the Best of Your Life
For the sake of this exercise, let’s assume you’re ready to begin your adventure and learn how to focus with skill. Better yet, let’s assume you’ve been down that road before and you want some truly powerful methods and techniques for making things happen. Let’s also assume that you want all the rich rewards that come from your ability to focus, whether it’s simply reaching your goals, getting in great shape, making your dreams happen, or nailing things at work. To help you on your journey, I’m going to equip you with some of the best methods and techniques for improving your focus.
Proven Practices for Improving Your Focus
Explore the Focus Guidelines at GettingResults.com. What I recommend is reading the first part of the article that provides key issues and key strategies for focus. Next, scan and skim the focus guidelines to familiarize yourself with the one-liner reminders. Lastly, read through the guidelines and identify three that you can immediately put into practice. The beauty of building your focus as a skill is that it immediately starts paying you back.
- Apply concentrated effort.
- Ask yourself, “What are you rushing through for?”
- Batch and focus.
- Bite off what you can chew.
- Carry the good forward.
- Change your focus.
- Choose one project or one thing to focus on.
- Clear away external distractions.
- Clear away internal distractions.
- Create routines to help you focus.
- Delay gratification.
- Direct your attention with skill.
- Do less, focus more.
- Don’t chase every interesting idea.
- Enjoy the journey and the destination.
- Find a way to refocus.
- Find the best time to do your routine tasks.
- Finish what you started.
- Focus in batches.
- Focus on what you control and let the rest go.
- Give it the time and attention it deserves.
- Have a place to dump distractions.
- Hold a clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish.
- Have a time and place for things.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep your energy up.
- Know the tests for success.
- Know what’s on your plate.
- Know your personal patterns.
- Know your priorities.
- Learn to say no – to yourself and others.
- Limit your starts and stops.
- Limit your task switching.
- Link it to good feelings.
- Make it easy to pick back where you left off.
- Make it relentless.
- Make it work, then make it right.
- Master your mindset.
- Multi-Task with skill.
- Music everywhere.
- Narrow your focus.
- Pair up.
- Pick up where you left off.
- Put the focus on something bigger than yourself – for the greater good.
- Reduce friction.
- Reduce open work.
- Reward yourself along the way.
- See it, do it.
- Set a time frame for focus.
- Set hard deadline goals.
- Set time limits.
- Set quantity limits.
- Shelve things you aren’t actively working on.
- Start with why.
- Stop starting new projects.
- Take breaks.
- Take care of the basics
- Use lists to avoid getting overwhelmed or overloaded.
- Use mantras and one-liner reminders.
- Use metaphors.
- Use milestones for checkpoints and progress.
- Use mini-goals.
- Use reminders and visual cues.
- Use the Rule of Three
- Write down your goals.
- Write down your steps.
- Write down your tasks.
- Write down your thoughts.
Note that if you already use Getting Results the Agile Way, you’re already automatically using many of the key practices. They are baked into the system. Focus is the secret sauce behind The Rule of Three, Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, Friday Reflection, and Hot Spots.