Finish What You Start, How To Stay Focused

Do you remember your New Year’s resolution for 2020? Many have
already forgotten what it was they wanted to achieve this year. It is so
easy to get distracted and to lose focus. The common denominator of
the highly successful is they maintain focus and are able to see their
goal through to completion.

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If you struggle with your focus, keep reading…Elie Venezky, author
of Hack Your Brain states that your focus is like a muscle. It can be
strengthened and conditioned with the appropriate tools. Below are
some tips:

  1. PREPARE YOUR BRAIN
    Before you start your task, sit calmly for a few minutes and visualize
    yourself completing the task. Breathe deeply as you visualize. This
    calms your brain and prepares you to complete the goal.
  2. PRIORITIZE YOUR GOAL
    As you prepare your brain with visualization, consider the importance
    of what you are about to do. When you break major goals into
    doable smaller goals, it becomes easy to disregard. The smaller goals
    don’t seem as important. Make the smaller goal a priority. Smaller
    goals are important key steps. When distractions present themselves,
    you are more prepared to say no.
  3. UNPLUG FOR 20 MINUTES
    One way to have uninterrupted time to work is to turn off all electronics
    and phones for 20 minutes. This allows you to focus completely on
    the goal at hand. After the twenty minutes of uninterrupted work,
    take a short break and restart the timer for another twenty minutes.
  4. RESET AT 2:00 PM
    Around 2:00 PM analyze what has been done so far and what is left
    for you to do for the day. This gives you the chance to select the most
    important remaining goals for the day.
  5. WHAT’S THE TEMPERATURE
    A study from Cornell University found that the room temperature
    that allows for the best production with the fewest errors is 71 degrees.
    A room that is either too hot or too cold can affect your focus.
  6. DO THE WORST FIRST
    If you do the thing that is the most annoying first, the remaining goals will seem like a reward. Once you tackle the worst, you also feel empowered and are more likely to finish your goals.
  7. REWARD YOURSELF
    Once you have accomplished your goal remember to reward yourself.
    The reward doesn’t have to be major, but it should be recognized in
    some way. You accomplished something that many people haven’t.

Willette Davis

Willette Davis MD is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with over 20 years experience. She has been part of the AMN family for many years. Her website is devoted to weight loss and optimal health. FatGirlFitnessPlan.com. Willette is a Marketing University Platinum member.

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