One of the biggest struggles for most people is the ability to stay focused. We are constantly surrounded by distractions in one form or another. Figuring out how to stay focused on what I wanted to do was one of my biggest challenges for many years. Here are four techniques that not only made me more productive but ultimately changed my life!
Do a Weekly Check In
One of the best ways to stay focused is by doing a weekly check-in. This is something that I was actually taught in high school and I have been doing it since. Once a week, typically Sunday, I will go through my journal from the last week. In my journal, I will dedicate a page or two to my goals for the week ahead and a reflection of the week past.
I write down the goals and tasks I want to achieve for the next week. These are both personal and professional goals. I do not have a specific number that I write down, just whatever feels right. After that, I will take a look at the goals I wanted to achieve for the previous week.
From there, I will journal about why I did not reach any outstanding goals, and I will write out how I can achieve them in the next week, and how I can approach the next week differently in terms of mindset, energy, and productivity.
Create Daily Rituals or Habits
If you are not already creating routines for yourself, you are missing out. I know that a lot of people fear the word routine. A routine is simply a quick way to get the basics out of the way. Your daily routine may just be a bunch of small things that you need to do every day to get started such as meditating, taking your medicine, brushing your teeth, anything!
For some, your habits may even look like a schedule that you follow throughout the day. A lot of us are working from home right now, so a schedule is important to make sure we are getting everything done. I recently shared how I plan out my day, as well as the importance of habits if you are looking to create your own.
Another benefit of creating a habit or a ritual is that you are getting the small things out of the way. So much of your day is probably consumed with thinking about the small tasks you need to do instead of staying focused on what you are doing at the moment.
Every blog on Earth is telling you to practice gratitude, but you really should be doing it! Gratitude can help you learn and understand the progress you have made in your life, both personal and professional. Gratitude is so easy to practice as well. You can just list a few things you are grateful for your in a journal, on your phone, or even in your mind.
The reason why gratitude works is that it encourages you to focus on all of the positive aspects of your life. It is easy to get swept up with all of the things that go wrong in our life. Honestly, it is rare that someone’s life is perfect. It is rare that someone doesn’t experience a downturn in their life. Gratitude lets you focus on everything that is positive in your life. It helps you figure out where your life is perfect and is working in your favor.
Gratitude can also help you figure out areas of your life that need more work. If you write down a list of things you are grateful for each day, notice areas where you may not have as many things. These are areas of your life that need work, and you can figure out what is limiting your mind, body, and spirit and eliminate those from your life.
Declutter Your Life
Let’s be real; we all have a certain level of clutter in our lives. It may be in our home; it may be in our mind. If you are dealing with clutter on a daily basis, it can be incredibly hard to stay focused and get everything done. I recently shared a post all about decluttering your mind if you are looking for some more tips!
Clutter can also actually cause you more stress. You may find yourself sitting around thinking about how you need to organize your pantry instead of taking care of yourself or getting your work done. Decluttering can help you get rid of those little nagging worries that are keeping you distracted. It will also make your environment more enjoyable which can help your creativity and productivity flow.