It’s no accident when people have total control. They are able to focus by keeping their minds on the priorities in front of them.

Focused people simply give their full attention to salient matters. They don’t get sidetracked.

Perhaps inherently or subconsciously, they practice the adage, “First things first.” Or perhaps they’ve learned to train their mind. Either way that’s the key.

To train your mind to focus, here are nine ways:

1. Manage your time

As you might have guessed, time management is on the prerequisites. So learn to use your time effectively with planning using the right information.

2. Get organized

It’s much easier concentrate if you’re organized. Clear the desk, create a file system. Get rid of the post-it notes and work from a master plan.

3. Avoid procrastination

You need to tackle problems head-on. Accomplish the most important task the first thing in the morning. The rest of the day will much more enjoyable.

4. Control your e-mails

Organize them according to topics. Delete any unnecessary e-mails. Unless you’re expecting a critical e-mail, don’t check your e-mails more than is really necessary.

5. Control your environment

Make your environment conducive to working. Not too noisy or in an area where you’re accustomed to relaxing. If you don’t have an office at work but you have a cubicle, arrange a system so people know not to disturb on important projects.

6. Make to-do lists and take notes

You’ll aid your memory by taking notes.

7. Go into focus training

Like any great athlete, focusing takes training and practice. The more you train, the stronger you become in focusing.

8. Remember your hobbies and to exercise

It’s important to detach from your work. Take breaks. Exercise early to get your necessary oxygen for your brain to function.

Take walks during the day around the office or around your block, to get your blood properly circulating.

Ever notice on doctor visits, how the nurse checks the oxygen content of your blood? Your blood carries your oxygen to your brain.

9. Get your sleep

True, you can get too much sleep. But if you don’t get enough sleep, it’s harder to focus.

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Instead of focusing on how much you can get done, focus on how much you enjoy what you’re doing.


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.