Each day, there are dozens of tasks that are calling your name, both at work and in your personal life. With life being so busy, it's easy to lose focus on the big picture. How many times have you gone to bed wondering what you accomplished that day? Or, have you ever felt like your day was somehow wasted?
To avoid these feelings, you can try a few different methods to get yourself back on track. Rather than lamenting your wasted time, resolve to restore your focus, and get back on your task. Read on to find out how.
1Get Rid Of Your Distractions
Get rid of the barriers that are causing you to avoid getting things done – it's that simple! Forget about checking email every five minutes; those emails will still be there when you complete your task. Make a list of distractions and eliminate!
There are many ways to eliminate distractions. You can start by turning off the phone and let the voice mail take over, closing the blinds in your office, turning off the music if you find yourself singing more than working, or by simply closing the door to your office. These can give you more privacy and more focus.
2Prioritize Your Tasks
Rather than working on projects simultaneously, take one thing at a time, focus on it, and worry about all the other projects later. Ultimately, you'll get a lot more done, and you'll finish it more quickly. You'll also be recognized by the high quality that you deliver when you're free from distractions.
Find a way to prioritize what works best for you. Choose either the project that has the earliest deadline or the one with the least components, so you can finish it quickly and get it out of the way. There are pros and cons to both systems, so tackle it whichever way works for you.
3Set A "Do Not Disturb" Time
There are many nice and respectful ways to tell people to back off. If you're finding yourself in a time crunch and can't seem to get away from others, consider letting them know that you need time to finish some important tasks. There are a lot of different ways to do it – just make sure you do!
Set times that you'll accept phone calls and even visitors. Tell them to contact you by email and then set a regular time to check your email. Set business hours during which people can expect you to return their calls or emails.
4Limit Your Internet And Social Media Use
The internet is wonderful, but it can be a huge time waster, primarily if you work at a computer all day long. Regain your focus with some self-imposed rules. First, close all those windows you're not using, avoid MySpace or Facebook, quit searching on eBay, and leave messenger alone! Establish specific times each day to use these fun things and focus on what you have to do. You'll quickly accomplish more!
5Be Confident On Your Abilities
This may seem like a trivial thing when it comes to focusing and getting back on task, but believing that you can get everything done that you set out to do, puts you in a positive frame of mind, and you'll be less distracted with stress and worry. Have faith that you can complete each task with ease and believe in your ability to deliver. If you have the confidence, you're sure to have the focus!
To be able to accomplish all the tasks you need and want to do, you need to have constant motivation and focus. Now that you've been introduced to five ways to focus and get back on task, it's up to you to take action and learn how to focus your thoughts. If you've got to get stuff done, follow these steps so you can put yourself – and your goals – first!