The Most Important Quote On How To Focus In Life
Our post today will be focused on the quote from one of my favorite motivational speakers, Jay Shetty.
The opposite of distraction is not focus but attraction.
This quote from one of my favorite Jay Shetty videos about getting rid of the distraction really got to me.
This is because I have always thought to myself when I get distracted ” Etah you need to focus ”
I have also been told to focus by some of my lecturers and parents when I didn’t have good grades.
So I have always felt that being distracted meant poor performance, which implied I needed to focus more, true.
But how do I get to focus more?
How do I get myself to gather the self-control I need to avoid distraction.
What Is The Secret To Focus In Life
Well, this quote answers that.
What we need is attraction ?
If we think about it, we are always distracted by things we are attracted to.
Is it a movie, good looking people, good meals, awesome lifestyle, fun adventure, and so much more.
All these things have the power to distract us because we are attracted to them.
Most times more attracted to them, than what we are supposed to be focused on.
So what this tells us is in order to be more focus, we need to find something that we are more attracted to than our most frequent distractions.
Looking back, my years in college were the times when I watched the most series and movies.
Right now I find it difficult to even get through few episodes of very captivating series.
This is because, unlike my college days, I am more attracted to what I am doing and studying now.
The Awesome Thing About Focus
Before we dive into some additional ways in which we can focus, first let’s look at some of the benefits of focusing.
- Focusing gets things done faster.
- It leads to efficient time management.
- Focus gets things done more efficiently, as you get to notice more detail you might have missed.
- It increases your chance of success.
- It maximizes your brain potential and so much more.
Some Additional Tips On How To Focus In Life
Yes, this quote really covers how we can focus in life .
Basically by getting the inspiration to intentionally stay away from the distraction, by finding something you are highly attracted to.
But still, there are some additional tips we can all use to limit the distractions, thereby increasing our focus.
A lot of the points which I cited for How to overcome procrastination can also be applied to getting focus in life and becoming more productive
1. Doing what you love and having a purpose
I decided to group this together because I have spoken a lot about this in some previous articles, I have written.
And also I believe the above quote, implies that.
In order for us to be attracted to anything, we need to do what we love with a purpose.
Research has shown and I am sure you have probably noticed that scrolling through social media has a lot of negative effects on your mental health.
Another disadvantage of scrolling through social media is that this leads to brain fatigue.
Which then makes it difficult for us to focus on anything.
The reason for this is that scrolling through social media involves a lot of decision making on what to click on and what not to.
3. Turn off Notifications
Reduce the temptation to check your phone, until you are done.
In my case, I have turned off notifications for most social media apps.
Even WhatsApp and regular SMS.
I check them only when I am resting, I am not obligated to reply immediately the messages come in.
I sometimes put my phone in do not disturb mode, when I get or want to in the zone.
4. Limit the decisions you have to make daily
This is one of the reasons why we see many successful people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates and the rest have a limited variation of outfits.
I have even heard of successful people who don’t like going through the various items on restaurant menus, they have a fixed healthy meal they order.
All this is to limit the number of decisions they have to make daily, as this takes up some of our brain energy.
So avoiding making decisions for less important things leaves room to focus on more important things.
Of course, I am not saying your outfit for the day or meal should not be important to you.
All I am saying is remember to take up brain energy only for making decisions that are important.
Also, you could try planning your meals, outfits, and schedules before the day begins, so you just stick to that and don’t have to go through the process of deciding.
5. Get your daily dose of motivation.
Like Zig Ziglar said, ” People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily “.
Yeah, we lose our motivation.
Sometimes we don’t just feel like getting out of bed, it happens.
That is why we need to constantly consume content which inspires us to stay focused and productive.
Even on days when we feel like just laying down and watching movies or funny cat videos all day.
6. Set time limits.
This is actually my secret to creating content at a faster rate.
When I begin I look at the time and I say, ok I want to finish in two hours.
This gives me pressure to stay focused on finishing on time.
Hence going for the distractions is not an option until I am done.
I also like to give myself some kind of reward for finishing on time.
Also, don’t give yourself too much time for the completion of that task.
This is a big one for me.
I can pretty much prescribe motivation for everything.
Healing yourself, getting over a heartbreak, achieving your goals, you name it.
Meditation is just all around awesome.
I have noticed that practicing meditation consistently makes it much easier to focus.
If you have ever tried a beginner’s guided meditation, you will remember we are being told to either focus on your breath or on some imaginary uplifting situation.
This regular practice of focus, well makes it easier to focus.
8. Strive for excellence ( avoid feeling frustrated )
Sometimes we allow ourselves to be distracted by other things because we are frustrated by the task we are supposed to focus on.
I confess to having done that so many times.
Most times when I work on developing my skills on that task, it inspires me to focus and get it done.
On this point, I think it is important, I remind you about the importance of a growth mindset.
This mindset tells us that getting to excellence is something we work at not something we are born with.
This prevents us from getting frustrated because of our now abilities.
And also inspires us to work on getting better, rather than giving up on ourselves.
9. Prepare for work
This involves getting yourself and your working environment ready for work.
You don’t want to lose focus because you are hungry.
You don’t want to lose enthusiasm to work, and eventually, focus because you don’t have the right tools to get the job done.
10. Get To Know About Success
I only think it is right we conclude with this point, as this crowns up every other tip on how to focus in life.
Reading and getting to know about the lives of many successful people, we get to know about the importance of focusing.
This inspires us to do what is necessary to focus.
Also, we get some tips from them just how they were able to attain the level of focus needed for their level of success.
When To Welcome Distractions
These distractions are a part of our lives.
- Checking your phone, responding to messages.
- Getting updated about what is happening in the world.
- Watching a movie.
- Playing games or having conversations with your loved ones.
Though all these things listed above are very important, they become a distraction when they keep you from focusing on the priority of the moment.
So what we can do is schedule distraction breaks in between our working hours.
This will go a long way to help us even focus more.
Studies have shown that we can focus for at least 90 minutes before we need a break.
This is the genius behind many college lectures lasting for about 90 minutes.
So if we don’t give ourselves a break for about 15 minutes, after 90 minutes, then we will just be wasting more time as we will find it hard to focus.
Remember, we are all unique.
So get to know yourself.
How long can you concentrate before you need a break?
How much time do you need for a break?
It goes without saying we can also indulge in more leisure activities when we are done with our daily tasks.
As the saying goes, work, then play.
I hope you found some value here on how to focus in life.
As usual, my friends, go be legendary.