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Here are 10 habits that can drain your focus:
- Saying “yes” to everything – Stop doing that because you’re really nice. Sometimes you have to say “no” so that you can stay focused.
- Reacting quickly – Instead of reacting quickly to a situation (which often times can escalate very fast and can be very emotional), take a moment to slow down and breathe. Walk away from the situation and think about it before responding. This can often clear your mind and help you focus.
- Drinking too much alcohol – Hangovers. Enough said.
- Being late – When you’re rushing to work or your next meeting, chances are the only thing you’re focused on is getting there on time. And this usually causes you to panic versus focusing on more important things (like preparing mentally for the meeting). My rule of thumb: Always arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting and consider that as being “on time.”
- Too much coffee – From my own personal experience, coffee is great for short term focus, but too much of it hurts my long term focus (I’ll get jittery and won’t sleep as well at night. Sometimes I have a really hard time falling asleep too).
- Multitasking – Don’t be the jack of all trades and master of none. Much better to be the master of one.
- Accumulating too much stuff – Having too many things carries a large administrative debt. Consider cleaning out your space and closets and only keeping things that make you genuinely happy or make a positive impact on your life.
- Eating junk food – This will slow you down dramatically. If your body doesn’t feel right, your mind will lose focus. Eat healthy. I do this by drinking a green smoothie almost every single day. I use mixed greens, apples, kale, mango and bananas. My focus dramatically improved once I ate healthy and started exercising regularly as well (I now do Yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, Soul Cycle, outdoor runs and P90X frequently now).
- Watching too much TV – Unless you want to focus on watching more TV (which I am guessing typically isn’t the case), this can really distract you.
- Holding grudges – Staying angry at someone isn’t going to change what already happened. Let it go. Focus on what you can affect today. Focus on creating a brighter future. Focus on being the best possible version of yourself.
These are 10 habits that you’ll want to lose.
- Keep a diary
- Write down the key points of what you did for the day. This may be trivial, but it will show how you spend your day.
- Write down thoughts you have for doing even simple things like buying something. This will show where your money goes.
- At the end of every month do a summary of what you have done, and mark out things you have achieved for the month, or failed to achieve. This includes your income, health, buying items, fixing things.
- Put a value on your time. If you assess your time as being worth $20 an hour then assess everything you do at that rate. So if writing and posting a letter takes half an hour, then it costs $10.
- Give yourself short term goals. Write down what you hope to achieve in the next month. Then assess how well you did it. If you failed then write down why.
- Have an excercise plan, and try hard to stick to it.
- You need to plan your personal life like you would plan a company. Put a value on what you do, who you know, how much you pay for anything, and how much your possessions and actions further your goals.
- Keep a simplified record of your outgoings and income. This is not for accounting but just to see if your lifestyle affects this in a way that courses a need for adjusting
- Get rid of excess baggage. This covers items you don’t need, habits that are distractions, friends who you will not miss, hobbies that absorb your resources.
- Mix with people who have similar goals to yourself. (this does not mean never mix with anyone else)
- Do not assume you will ever have time to do things you can’t do now or soon.
- Learn the difference between Urgent and Important
- Don’t rely on others to solve your problems. Try to solve all your own problems even if they can be solved with money or help. Learning how to fix a dripping tap may seem needless, but it gives an insight into problem solving.
- Find out how other people solved their problems or failed to.
- Take an interest in people. Success comes from knowing how people work, not how things work.
Recently, I needed to book a lunch meeting. To help coordinate, I asked Amy to assist and cc’d her on the email. “Amy,” I wrote, “please help us find a time to meet. Let’s plan for sushi at Tokyo Expr