Staying Focused

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“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.”
Leo Babauta

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Staying focused can help us accomplish almost anything, from studying for an exam to finishing our work an hour early. Staying focused can help improve our professional life, help us listen to people better, and also help us come up with a solution to problems at a quicker speed.

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Making a to-do list at the beginning of every day or week can make you feel more focused and motivated to continue your work. If you make a list of all the things you have to do, no matter how small, you will feel more accomplished when you check those items off your list and move on to the next tas….You can separate your to-do list into three lists: things to do that day, things to do the next day, and things to do that week.

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What is your goal for completing your task? Is it to simply get done with the work day, to save up enough money to buy a boat, or to advance your career? Your goal could also be just to clean your whole house so you can throw a fun party, or to run for 40 minutes each day without giving up so you can be in better shape.

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Though you may think that you will always be easily distracted, anyone can improve their focus with a little motivation. All you have to do is pick a given task, and give yourself 30 minutes to work on only that task without any distractions – without even getting up. Then, when 30 minutes passes, see if you can extend that focus time by 5, or even by 10 minutes. Keep going and see how long you can build up your focus stamina.

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Distractions are the enemy of focus. Aim to have as few Internet tabs open as possible. The more tabs you have open, the more you will be multi-tasking and the more likely you will be to get distracted. You can give yourself five minutes every hour or two to check your email, Facebook, or any other social networking sites that you cannot live without. Then you can slowly wean yourself off of these sites during the day.

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Good posture is a helpful remainder  to stay focused….Sit up straight in a chair in a relaxing position, back straight, feet flat on the floor, and arms resting on either your lap or an arm rest.
Remember, willpower is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it will become.

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“Doing the tough things sets winners apart from losers.”
Stephen Richards

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