Do you get the feeling that you are under pressure all the time at work? Don’t you wish you could get more done in less time?
Does your mind wander off at the slightest pretext?
Are you always on Facebook or Twitter? and
Are you obsessed with the latest news from politics or entertainment?
If the answer to any of these questions is a “yes”, it is clear that you’re suffering from a lack of focus. This is not only preventing you from achieving your full potential at your current job, but probably hampering you from preparing as well as you should for a job interview or an entrance test.
Your lack of focus affects your productivity, which in turn prevents you from getting a much desired promotion or land a job of your dreams. There are a few steps you should be taking right now to avoid distractions and improve your concentration on the job at hand. Let’s see how to do that.
#1: Develop an iron will- You are in control of your mind, and nobody else. You can decide right now that you will focus on the task at hand and not allow yourself to get distracted or for your mind to wander off. Resolve right now that you will not waste your time on anything wasteful, which prevents you from reaching your stated goals and objectives.
#2: Stop procrastinating- Most people miss out on their goals in life because of their habit to procrastinate. People convince themselves all the time that it’s okay to put off work for now, and that it can be done later. We tend to justify the time spent on wasteful activities and try to convince ourselves that there is nothing lost, and that there is no reason why we cannot pick up later. Break this habit now. Plan and schedule your tasks for the day, week and month ahead, and resolve to complete them on time.
#3: Set a SMART goal- Like most people, you are well aware of the importance of goal setting, but have you wondered why it’s so difficult to achieve the set goals? Indeed, 50 percent of those that make a New Year’s resolution forget all about it within the first 3 months of the year.
One reason for that is because your goals are very vague. When you decide to do something, be specific. For example, don’t just say “I will get a job in 2019”. Instead, tell yourself, “I will get a job as an accountant in E&Y by March 31st, 2019”. Your goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
#4: Stay resolute- It’s so easy to get distracted in the modern world. It can be said that we live in the Age of Distraction, with everyone trying to get our attention, whether it is a celebrity, a politician or a media personality. With Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc., we are hit by a barrage of mostly useless information.
Then there is the TV blaring in the background, tempting you to stop everything and watch. This places a lot of demand on your attention and takes your focus away from what you should really be doing. Can you make your mind strong and stay resolute enough to shake off such distractions?
Just stop doing any of these things when you are working or studying: watching TV, surfing the internet, cruising Facebook or watching a video on YouTube.
#5: Don’t get affected by external events- So many of us get affected by external events or circumstances beyond our control, such as the results of a political election, the loss of your favorite cricket or football team in a big match, or anything. Stop worrying about things that you do not control; don’t allow them to rule over your mind. Your focus should only be on the tasks to be done for the day, and nothing else.
We hope you find the advice given here useful and that it helps you overcome your lack of focus or concentration.