Today there are more things, than ever before, that have the potential to steal our attention and time. These things have the power to even prevent us from staying focused. In the past, it has been a challenge for me to keep my focus. Here are three ways that helped me stay focused:
1. Keep a Schedule
I know it may seem boring to keep a schedule, but if we truly want to stay focus it is imperative that we plan. Many times we lose focus because we simply have not planned out our day. Keeping a schedule can keep us focus on the tasks we need to complete, the goals we would like to fulfil, and focus on that which is most important.
2. Avoid Distractions
Today, there are many distractions. We have TV, subscription services, social media, and other media platforms which can honestly eat up all of our time, if we allow. We can set our minds to watch one video and end up watching five more recommended videos on YouTube. We can scroll down our Instagram or Facebook feeds and get so caught up in reading posts and looking at photos and soon realize how fast time has gone by. Time that we can not get back. These things can be very time-consuming and a sure way to prevent us from staying focused.
Comparison can be another distraction. Online, many people’s lives are often glamorized. This illusion can cause us to be discouraged or second guess ourselves and our abilities. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I will add that comparison can also be the thief of one’s time. We are each unique and different. Focus on your life and that which you have to offer the world.
“Let your eyes look right on (fixed with purpose) and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.” Proverbs 4:24-26
Social media can play a positive role in our lives when used correctly. When social media begins to eat at our time and distract us from our goals, it then becomes a problem. One way we can regain our focus is to fast, whether it be from social media, TV, or Trending News. Try fasting for a week or if you are up for the challenge go for 30 days or a month.
3. Mind Your Own Business
With social media being at the forefront of our culture and society, people’s personal lives are on display for many to see, read, judge, and gossip about. This too can be time-consuming and distracting. Sometimes we can get so caught up in other people’s business that our lives are at a stand still.
Some of us invest too much time in other’s matters. There is a difference between helping others and just being nosy and unproductive. Most people are not helping others; they are not even helping themselves. Some are too busy minding other people’s business yet they are not as invested in their own. They have an opinion about how others can improve or what others should do yet they are not doing anything themselves. Their goals are not being accomplished, their dreams are not being lived.
“Make it your ambition to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Minding our own business can truly help us focus. What are your personal goals? What are your career goals? How do you want to positively impact the world?
I pray that you found these tips to be helpful. There are many more ways to stay focused. I wanted to share these three to get you started and help you remain focused.