Do you feel like you’re pulled in a million different directions throughout the day?
Keeping up with emails, meetings, you name it – your day overflows with activity, yet at the end of the day, your most important tasks were left unfinished.
But what if you could do less but accomplish more?
If you desire success and achievement, you must cultivate this essential ability for extraordinary results. Even American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian, attributes his victories to one crucial skill.
Mental focus: concentrating on the task at hand while ignoring everything else.
Mental Focus Techniques: How to Determine What’s Important
But what should you focus on? Entrepreneur Derek Sivers uses this simple question to calculate what’s important.
The Mental Focus Techniques You Need to Know
These three mental focus techniques work immediately to pull your mind back to the task at hand.
1/ One-Word Prompts: A quick reminder to refocus your mind toward a positive present moment. How do you want to feel when you’re concentrating? Quick? Effortless? Unstoppable?
Choose an action verb for maximum results.
2/ Right here, right now: To be fully engaged and to direct your energy, like a laser focused on its target, into doing your best work right this second.
Thinking about the past or the future pulls and divides your attention away from the here and now. Michael Phelps coach, Bob Bowman asks: “W.I.N.: What’s Important Now?”
3/ Beware of “The Ping”: Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative, shares:
The Ping is that little sensation that occasionally prompts me to check my e-mail or my social media accounts. It’s the impulse to mindlessly surf news sites instead of doing something productive.
But in order to do our best work, we need to learn to pay attention to what’s in front of us and to develop the capacity to stay focused on our objectives. The Ping slowly eats away at our effectiveness. 1
What’s important to you right now? And, what do you do to focus? Leave a comment below!