3 Steps to Stay Focused

3 Steps to Stay Focused

I do often get asked how do I stay focused in today’s busy, fast-paced environment? It may seem like a challenge as we’re literally being bombarded with information from many angles. Everything demands the most precious resource you have: attention.

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The focus is nothing else but the ability to keep your attention on whatever you want, for as long as you want it. Most of us, if not all, know the consequences of the opposite multitasking. Even now, when I’m writing this article, just turning gaze to my phone brings a flood of unrelated thoughts.

I’ve noticed that such simple distraction makes me drift away from the current action. Therefore, I’m not getting closer to my destination – even worse – I’m saying NO to it.

Even if it's Only For a Moment, it's Still a NO

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Let’s think about it. For example; if you are sitting on your phone scrolling down Linkedin, Youtube or Twitter, you are actually saying no to your friends, the book you wanted to read or the phone call to your mum you’ve been postponing for the last couple of days.

It’s exactly the same in your office. Chit-chatting with your associates, taking extra time with your coffee or extending visits to the loo means you say NO to your team, to your self-development and to your career.

Oh, I almost forgot; and you’re saying NO to your earning potential. I hope you see by now that ability to stay focused is crucial to your success, both private and professional.

Step 1 - What Am I Saying NO To?

When you caught yourself on a low or no-value activity ask this question. Usually, the answer will point out the significant matters of your life. The very things you treasure.

In my case, it's feeling good, family, reading, consulting and writing. What are your treasures?

Now, when you’ve established what’s important to you take just one more step.

Step 2 - What Can I DO at This Very Moment?

Leaving the office or quitting your job based on an immediate impulse might not be the best idea. But if you decide to stay and continue whatever is that you do, decide also to give your best.

Giving your best means undertaking the most impactful task and doing it with the surgical precision and finishing with an artistic touch. 

You don’t need any philosophies: just get on with it!

Step 3 - What Am I Saying NO To?

To stay focused ask yourself this question again after just 3 minutes. If you’re on the right track the only answer you will get is the wasteful activities you’ve just given up. That should at least put a smile on your face.


‘The sunray does not burn until is brought to a focus’

- Alexander Graham Bell

Martin May

Managing Director at Intelligent and Lazy Management Consulting. Coach, trainer, blogger. "How we say it is more important than what we say"

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