In this age of instant glorification and exaggeration, we have somehow mastered the art of staying connected virtually but we have drifted far apart from the reality.
We tend to slip away into a world of likes, views and ratings where we are consuming all day long but are we actually learning something out of it. Is being busy making us productive or are we stuck in a rut? These questions bother us and unfortunately cannot be solved by an app.
We constantly struggle with our daily tasks, we make lists, we write journals, we jot down our goals, we listen to podcasts and curate our feeds meticulously but even then we are unable to accomplish what we have set our mind to. The main reason behind our failure is the lack of focus for our day to day struggles. The bitter truth is that we are inconsistent and we compare the outcomes all the time.
In order to accomplish the goals that we have set out for ourselves, we really need to declutter the chaos in our heads and homes and fully commit to one thing at a time.
Diversity is a buzzword that keeps us glued to our screens all the time. We are constantly scrolling down our gadgets and consuming a wide variety of content from makeup trends to relationship advice. The key lies in slowing down and sometimes this rush to read everything and to be everywhere leads us to a place of perpetual uncertainty, anxiety and restlessness.
Here’s how you can get your focus game strong.
1. Firstly, we need to cut down on our distractions and do single tasking.
Multitasking is overrated. Repeat after me. There is no point of doing 4 things simultaneously and doing them all poorly. For your own sanity and better productivity, focus on one single task and do it well. You can make a list and prioritize them accordingly. Finish the task at hand and then move on to the next.
2. Staying committed to what we start and focus on that one thing.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of mindless searches and scrolling. We are called the snowflake generations since we cannot stay interested in one thing for a long time. Avoid that at all costs. Best is to put away your phone, iPad etc till you get the job done. There is only one way to master any skill and that it to do it every single day. There is no greater power than the power of repetition.
3. Staying persistent in finishing it.
We have to finish what we start and there is immense joy in reaching that last milestone so nothing is ever to pay you off more than persistence and perseverance.
4. Not comparing the outcomes.
If you start comparing and contrasting yourself with what others might be doing then you have truly discovered the recipe of disaster and self-pity. It’s good to ask for feedback but don’t fall for seeking validation from strangers on the internet or comparing your struggle or hustle with people you have no clue about.
5. Be progress driven instead of result driven.
Lastly, it doesn’t matter how far you go, what matters is that you keep moving forward and getting better every day. As long as you are improving and making progress then you don’t need to worry too much about the outcome. All the positive input will definitely lead to some incredible output.
Editor’s note: Featured image via Thought Catalog