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Six Tips To Stay Focused When Everything Needs Our Attention

When people and businesses spend all day online, it means that they’re open to distractions all day long. This, now normal way of work, has taken over from focused attention. And we all know now that multitasking is ineffective. Here are six tips to stay focused when everything needs our attention originally written by Dave Lerner for Young Entrepreneur, from which I’ve excerpted the first three. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to to read this article, they’re great advice for everyone requiring help to focus.

Turn Your Email Off1. Batch your emails. By incorporating the simple routine of checking emails during defined and scheduled periods of time during each working day, a la Tim Ferriss, you will become less distracted and massively more productive. Don’t be afraid to have an auto-responding message that lets people know that this is how you operate.

2. Go off the grid. Every quarter take anywhere from a long weekend to a full week (whatever you can manage) where you go totally off the grid, a la Brad Feld. This means no emails or calls. It’s time for you to meditate and contemplate yourself and your business without distractions.

3. Just say no. During periods that are going to be incredibly busy, turn down all non-work related matters for three to four week stretches and just crank away. Some people may be miffed, but you can make it up to them afterwards.

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I couldn’t agree more with 5 out of 6 of these six tips to stay focused when everything requires our attention. If you continued to read the whole article you’ll have see that it is advised to write a to-do list every morning. Whilst I believe a to-do list is essential, I think the best time to write it is at the end of your day for the following day. That way, it helps to turn your brain off, and you can sit down, fresh in the morning and crack on with your high priority tasks. This is another point, if you set yourself 3 top priority tasks that you must complete that day, this helps you focus your attention further.

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  1. I agree that a to-do list is better prepared the night before so you can wake up and “hit the ground running,” so to speak. I think one’s mind is clearer the night before, too. In the morning, I just want to get started, not have to start thinking about what I want to accomplish that day.

    • Exactly, if you start your day by having to plan your day, you’re already taking your attention off what you should be doing, and expending mental energy where it can otherwise be used more usefully elsewhere

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