The ability to focus could be one of the most important determinants of success. Something that I’ve come to learn in recent weeks is that it’s possible to get amazing things done when you take time to remove distractions and focus on a single goal.
There is a huge problem these days with people trying to get too much done. We pile lots of work up and then try to tackle it all at the same time. It leaves us feeling stressed. But it also doesn’t allow us to get the momentum we need on any specific task to really succeed.
There are two aspects of focus to keep in mind. Quantity and Quality. Quantity is the amount of continuous focus you put into something. It takes practice to learn how to be good at focusing on a single thing for an extended period of time. It’s worth practicing to build your endurance. The quality of your focus is about what you choose to focus on. If you focus on the things that give you the most leverage in you business you’ll get the most progress done.
How do you know what to focus on? It should be things that will lead you towards your long term goals.
If there’s a secret it is to use a countdown timer. Set it for 50 minutes, turn off everything that could interrupt you and don’t do anything other than the one thing you need to get done until the alarm goes off.
If you want to learn more about how to really put your productivity on afterburners check out this amazing book, The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker