Focus on one thing at a time can help you get more things done, compared to multitasking that can divide your attention. If you want to be more productive, here are 30 ways to practice – that is focusing on one task at a time.
Focus – The How
and turn off everything that can distract you from completing your task. This includes your mobile phones, contact with people as well as locking your doors until you get your project done.
Give yourself a target and a time frame –
This will ensure that you are in sync with your schedule. If you are on the right track, you will notice that work gets finished easily and on time.
Stop dilly-dallying and work!
More often than not, interruption or lack of concentration doesn’t come from external factors. These distractions come from you. Convince yourself that it is a must. That you complete your task and that you should avoid doing or getting into something that can keep you from single tasking.
Post-its are great reminders.
If you have a bunch of sticky notes lying around your office, try writing some motivating quotes to keep you focused on one task before moving on to the next. Especially if you are working in front of your computer, stick those notes on your monitor to keep you motivated. Since multi tasking doesn’t leave you room to relax, single tasking can give you enough opportunity to stop for breaks. So to take advantage of this privilege, take 10 minute breaks once in a while to refresh your mind and relax your body.
Create a vision –
of what you would want to accomplish at the end of each task. If you want to succeed in your online marketing business, envision that all your hard work has paid off. That you have gained more online followers and loyal customers and the results will not be far off from what you have planned.
Prepare yourself emotionally.
Psych yourself and focus on the task at hand. Think about the positive results that working on single task can do for your business and your online marketing campaign.
Make it work to your advantage. Since you are in the online marketing business, make use of your tech-skills. Come up with a single campaign to promote your business, products and services online.
Block out your schedule.
Take note of what your project needs and how long it should take you to complete it. Set definite schedules for each part of your task and surely you will find it easier to accomplish.
Start fresh every day.
And because you are single tasking – which means that you are focusing and doing one task at a time. You will have more room to take breaks and start fresh come every work day. Since you do not feel tired, you be refreshed and ready to face a new day.
Accomplish small tasks first.
This will give you enough time to do the rest of your tasks without worrying about the minor ones that could disrupt your normal work routine or pattern. Never ever start a new project for your business, unless you are completely sure that the previous one is done. Remember that you should also not think about the remainder of your tasks or taking additional workload that can affect your concentration and productivity.
Flexibility is key.
Do not force yourself to complete one task if you know that you do not have enough resources to do so. Doing a task haphazardly results to poor quality of work. What you need to do is to try doing as much as you can, and leave the remainder of work for tomorrow, until everything gets done.
Stop procrastinating and start working!
If you stop making excuses why you were not able to finish your tasks on time, it means that you have the wrong attitude towards work. Instead of making excuses and blaming others, why not focus and start working on one task at a time.
Learn to delegate
Note that handling everything on your own will ensure that you won’t get anything done. Now, if you learn how to properly delegate work, you will see that each employee or person will learn how to focus on one thing and be productive at the same time, including you.
If you are lazy, even if you are doing just one task – to market your business online, you will never get anything done. Stop being a sloth and move quickly but accurately.
Keep yourself from feeling rushed or always in a hurry.
If all you can think about is break time, as well as the end of your work day – you will not be able to concentrate on your task. Do not rush, take your time and find a comfortable work pace.
Avoid information overload.
If you keep stuffing your brain with too much information that you may not be able to make use of, the chances of confusion and distraction is extremely high. Deal with data or information the same way when you eat at a new restaurant. Trying each dish one at a time to completely savor or taste every flavor for better appreciation.
Do not force things to happen.
Face it, if the only thing that you can think of is to get the job done the soonest time possible, you are forcing a result out of your chosen task. Let things fall in to place by focusing on one aspect of your campaign at a time – completion of your task is just within reach.
Be one with your work –
this means that both your mind and your body should be really into the project that you need to complete. If you are not grounded, your attention will be divided, your mind and body will not work together.
Treat a task as an opportunity
to excel and not as a burden. If you keep complaining about your work, you will not be able to focus, and eventually you will give up and the rest of the work for others to finish.
This helps you concentrate on things more and develop a calmer approach when it comes to dealing with a difficult task. This will improve your concentration “muscles” and will replenish your mind with the right attitude and drive to work harder.
Breathe before your start your work.
Breathe calmly and properly – this will encourage your mind to relax and take things one stride at a time. If you come to think of it, breathing becomes forceful, shallow and fast if you feel rushed and if you lack concentration.
Create a normal and steady flow of things.
This means that you need to plan and follow your plans by the book. This will keep you from stirring away from what you need to do, thus making your work effectively and efficiently.
Get plenty of sleep.
If your body is well rested, so will your mind be. A well rested mind and body leads to a better attitude towards work. Lack of sleep can make you impatient and in a hurry to finish things which will lead to poor quality of work.
Learn how to wait.
Take your time and understand that not all things can be done in a snap. Results can or may take time to reflect, so you have to make sure that you wait it out as patiently as possible. Anticipating results is can also keep you from concentrating on what you really have to do.
De-clutter your surroundings.
It is not just your mind that you need to organize. You also need a more organized work place – imagine trying to get things done but you keep getting held back by the clutter in your office. A clean work area can help you focus on your work more.
Find a buddy who can help you
get back into focus every time you get distracted. Distractions are unavoidable at times, and it would be best to have someone to keep you in synch with your goals. Find a member of your team that you can really trust.
Read your emails before you start your work.
If you do this right in the middle of your work, you will obviously get distracted. The lack of focus will deter you from completing even a single task.
Do not be scared to handle one task.
Do you know the reason why people handle too many things at the same time? Aside from the fact that multi tasking can help show how productive a person is, it’s also because some people are scared of failing altogether.
But you know, if you handle and focus on just one task, it will help you do your best and your undivided attention can almost guarantee that your chances of succeeding will be extremely high.
Finding your focus is never easy, that is if you do not have the right attitude and mindset. However, if you put your mind to it, you will be able to completely focus on the important things first before jumping on to the next one.
I hope you got some benefit or value from todays post, Easy Ways To Focus On One Thing At A Time. If you did please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Business/Life Coach, Entrepreneur and Author
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