Finding Your Focus

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Ever have one of those days when you just can’t seem to find focus? When you fritter away your time on endless social websites, internet links, and social media feeds, wandering and scrolling about without really accomplishing something important?

Take a step back. Back away from the computer and the phone, and give yourself a moment’s space to think. What do you really want to do right now? What’s the most important task at hand? What kind of person do you want to be? Where do you want to go?

Once you’ve thought about these things and answered these questions, some things might just become clearer for you. When you finally reach this, it is time to banish all distractions. Bookmark your tabs and quit the browser if you don’t need it. Now sit there and deal with your task. Dive in. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked. Don’t let your previous ways let you get reel yourself back within its destructive claws. Think about the amount of productive and important things you can accomplish by just ignoring these distractions. Don’t waste away the time again and be tempted by your old ways.

If you have the urge to go check something, that’s a nice urge – just fight it and smile. Don’t act on it. Just smile and go back to what you really have to do.

Do this for 10 minutes and push the boundaries of what’s comfortable – just for a little bit. But of course, it shouldn’t just be all work and no play. Once you feel you’ve accomplished enough to give yourself a nice reward, don’t restrain yourself from it. Taking nice short breaks or giving yourself little rewards here and there wouldn’t hurt you. You can take a short walk, go for some stretches, have some tea, or look at the thing you had the urge to check. You need to know how to control yourself between doing all the work and letting yourself play a little. After this short little break from work, you can now go back to your task at hand. Repeat. Confidently, and with a smile.

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