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Improve your Focus & Performance Using these 3 Simple Tricks

focus-and-performance-improvementBeing self-employed often means that I have the power to design my day and set out the tasks that I have to finish by the end of the day. However, my work also includes deadlines that I have to meet, otherwise I risk unwarranted fines and losses.

With this in mind, I have to remain focused throughout the day or risk going home with half-finished work and disappointed clients. Working online does not make it easy to stay focused. With social media buzzing with interesting stories, pictures of cute babies and puppies popping up in my news feeds, and funny memes at every corner, it is not easy to stay focused  on the numerous tasks I have to accomplish each day.

If you know me at all, you know that I am a performance junkie. I have to-do lists everywhere and I live for that moment when I get to cross something off my list. It is extremely rewarding and makes working on tasks a little bit more fun.

In order to build my focus and complete more tasks everyday, I have come up with simple ways that help me stay focused throughout the day. These are tools based on articles I have read online and teachings from people who have succeeded in different areas. I believe that these measures are applicable to you, no matter what industry you are in or whatever type of work you do. Even if you are a stay at home mom, having a way to remain focused on the millions of tasks you have to accomplish everyday is super helpful.

  1. Tackle one thing at a time. I recently discovered one super successful business person named Todd Herman and he mentioned that multitasking is only an illusion that helps us waste more time and resources. This really resonated with me because I was addicted to multitasking and I would often go home having started working on four or five tasks, but none of them was complete. I am sure you have experienced this too. To counter this, I started working on one task at a time. I would work on it until I finished, and by evening, I would have 3 finished tasks, which is way better than the alternative.
  2. Set blocks of working time and break time. I found this tool while browsing a variety of entrepreneurial websites, and it has been super helpful. It is also called the block and tackle method. I usually schedule 45 minutes of work, followed by a 15 minute break. During the 45 minute block, I focus on one task, work on it continuously until I hear my timer, then stop. During my break, am allowed to reward myself by Facebooking a little, reading a nice blog post or even taking a walk for a breath of fresh air. I repeat this cycle until day’s end. This has worked wonders for improving my focus and performance.
  3. Write down everything you want to achieve everyday. This is one of the simplest, yet extremely effective accountability measures. Most of us fail to complete tasks because we have no one to be accountable to, except ourselves. However, in most cases there is no way to measure accountability to ourselves. When you have a to-do list that is staring at you all day, you will feel at least some pressure to accomplish the items on the list. Write the list and have it in a strategic place where you see it every time you look up. I have lists on my desktop, on my phone and on paper just next to me. This makes it easy for me to see where am falling behind or how well am doing. Imagine going to the supermarket with a shopping list that you keep on checking while you walk down the aisles, what is the likelihood that you will forget something on that list??? Zero to none. This applies to your personal, business and work goals. Write them down and keep referring to that list throughout the day, week or month.

These are simple, yet powerful ways that you can use to improve your focus and performance at work, at home or even at school. I especially love the block and tackle method.

What tricks do you use to improve your performance?? Share in the comment sections below.

The Importance of Working Your Ass Off

work you ass off 2Sometimes we just need someone who can tell us things as they are. Tell it just like it is and get on with it. Well, am giving it to you straight today!!

Sometimes we are too subtle or too calm and collected with our friends and relatives. Sometimes we are too diplomatic with our blog readers or just people in general, to an extent where it is harmful.

Laziness is one thing that truly truly bugs me. Remember how some inspirational books ask you to find that one thing that truly bugs you in the world, and find a solution to it. This is it for me. Of course there are a couple of more issues, but laziness is definitely on top of that list.

Have you ever encountered someone who is just so freakin’ lazy and keeps on complaining and blaming anyone and everything in their path. At such times, I wish I had four, (no, make those ten) hands so that I could slap such a person with all of them at once, to get them out of the slumber.. Yeah!It’s that bad.

I know people who keep trying and even when they fail, they get up and try again. One day, such a person wakes up and realizes that the one time they wanted to give up, but kept on trying, they became successful.

Hardwork does pay: couple this with working smart and you will be on your way to true success. I am a true testament of this.

I know that sometimes we all fall off the wagon and sleep in or party for a full weekend straight, and this is absolutely normal. But come Monday, you wake up very early, you roll up your sleeves, and you get to work. This is the only way you will find satisfaction in life and eventually true success.

The following book can help you find motivation to get out of the house and work you ass off as you move towards your success. More books available HERE.

winning bookI only wish you the very best, today and in all of your life.