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5 Tips to Stay Focused on Your Work

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This is a guest post by Shawn Lim. Shawn is the founder of Stunning Motivation. He’s been in the personal development industry for more than seven years and has helped countless hungry seekers achieve outstanding success in life. Learn more about him at StunningMotivation.com or follow him on Facebook.


If you want to produce outstanding work, there’s no way you can do it without 100% focus.

Most people get it wrong and think that as long as they get the work done, that’s it. But when it comes to results, all is not created equal. Some tasks give you better results than others.

On the other hand, some work yields low results. We refer to this as the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 Rule.

The key to ultimate success is to focus on doing the 20% of work that will yield you 80% of the results. And this is what you are going to discover here: five tips that can boost your focus and help you get more quality work done.

  1. Scheduling Fun Time

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One of the keys to long-lasting motivation and focus on your work is to schedule for fun time. Yes, you read it right. You have to schedule fun time into your calendar.

This is because whenever you look at the calendar, and you see all work but no fun, what would you think? You want to allow yourself a little time to relax and have fun. You want to make your mind think that it’s worth working hard now, because your relaxation time is just around the corner.

In The Now Habit, author Neil Fiore suggests that fun time be the first commitment you schedule into your calendar.

You don’t have to feel guilty for scheduling fun time into your work month or work week. Fun time is exactly what you need to maintain your motivation and productivity. The more fun time you have, the more creative you will be and the more productive you will become.

  1. Time Blocking

This is another great technique to stay focused on your work. Whenever you need to work on a certain task, just time block it.

For example, if you are in sales and you need to make calls to your customers for one hour, then you can time block the task from 10am to 11am. During this hour, you will do nothing but call your customers.

You commit yourself to taking the action that you have time blocked. No distraction and no excuses until you get the work done or the time is up.

If you’re a blogger, and you need to write a post each day, just time block this task. Block the time for writing and never let anyone else distract you during this time. You know that you are working on your most important task, and you should protect this holy hour that will give you the most result.

Commitment is the key to making your time blocking work. And this productivity technique is powerful because it focuses on getting your work done without any distraction.

  1. Take Breaks

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Our level of focus decreases like our willpower. The more we use our willpower to focus on a certain task over a long period, the more our focus drops. We get distracted more easily.

Imagine that you’re working on your computer; do you think you can be fully focused after three straight hours? The answer is likely no. You’ll start to surf the internet, get distracted, and want to do other things.

This is normal, and it happens to everyone. What you need to do is take a short break. You can work 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break, or you can work 25 minutes and take a five-minute break.

How you schedule your break is up to you, but don’t over work and don’t take a long break that makes you procrastinate on your work.

If you follow this technique, you’ll see that after every short break, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on your work again. This is why Thomas Edison took short naps in his laboratory: to regain his focus, energy, and motivation for his inventions.

  1. The Supporting Environment

To stay focused on your work, you must build a supporting environment that will boost your level of focus.

Can you imagine reading in a noisy place? Some people love going to a coffee shop to work, but sometimes the environment is just not suitable. It’s impossible to produce world-class work if the environment isn’t helping you.

This is why big, creative companies like Google and Apple have enticing offices for their staffs. They know that if the office environment is supporting their staffs, their staffs will be more productive and able to stay focused on their work better.

It’s no wonder these are the companies that become market leaders and change their industries. They know how to make their staffs productive and able to focus on their work.

If your work station isn’t supporting you, it’s time to change it. Things you can improve include your office chair or table, lighting, the overall temperature, etc.

Make it fun and exciting, so that you’ll want to work there. You’ll improve your focus and work more productively.

  1. Make It a Habit

Finally, you can learn to make focusing a habit.

If you’re a writer, sometimes it will be difficult for you to stay focused on your work and write masterpieces. What you can do is make a habit of staying focused. For instance, say you start your work at 9am each day. To make it a habit, you should start writing at 9am each morning, at the same place and the same time.

Once you’ve done this for a certain amount of time, it will eventually become your habit, and you’ll have no problem staying focused on your work. At 9am, your brain will know that you need to write, and it will automatically focus you.

Success is all about adopting the right habits to become more productive. Most people are not successful, because they do not possess the productive habits of getting things done.

Therefore, never underestimate the power of building a focused and productive habit. Your habit will either build you or break you.

Conclusion

There are many tips for staying focused on your work. The five tips above are a good start. You don’t have to implement all of them at the same time. Instead, choose one and get started.

Remember, schedule fun time into your calendar, time block your work, take short breaks from time to time, build a supporting environment, and make it your habit to stay focused.


This is a guest post by Shawn Lim. Shawn is the founder of Stunning Motivation. He’s been in the personal development industry for more than seven years and has helped countless hungry seekers achieve outstanding success in life. Learn more about him at StunningMotivation.com or follow him on Facebook.

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6 Comments

Posted by hppy romz  | July 8, 2017 at 5:39AM | Reply

I also agree with the 80/20 Pareto principal. This law has changed my life in the way I push projects forward. I used to keep busy and realized I wasn’t getting much done but staying busy.

Posted by Shawn  | August 1, 2016 at 10:26PM | Reply

You’re most welcome Corey.
Hope you enjoy this article and get more productive. :)

Posted by Corey Tat  | July 19, 2016 at 7:11PM | Reply

This is a great article Shawn!

I agree with you, the hardest part of staying in focus is to schedule breaks. It’s the only way to work effectively and become productive without burning out.

I read the book “The Now Habit” as well. It was a great book and I put some of those strategies into use.

The best habit I ever created for myself was to do my creative writing and blogging the first thing when I wake up.

This is after I have drank about 2 liters of water.

I’ll start writing for my blog, or start my most important task for the day.

I find that it builds really good momentum, and sets the tone for the rest of the day to be productive.

I also agree with the 80/20 Pareto principal. This law has changed my life in the way I push projects forward. I used to keep busy and realized I wasn’t getting much done but staying busy.

Once I identified the key drivers of my business then it made all the difference in the world.

Thanks for the amazing post!

Posted by Shawn  | July 16, 2016 at 6:47PM | Reply

Yep, keep the motivation going. :)

Posted by Anick Globensky-Bromow  | July 15, 2016 at 10:55AM | Reply

That’s why I love the Pomodoro Technique so much, it allows me to stay focused while working on my task AND allows me to rest between tasks!

Posted by Pick Panda  | July 15, 2016 at 6:20AM | Reply

This is excellent and just to add on to make yourself motivated is to appreciate yourself and get some token of appreciation. This is going to keep you for the long run.

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