By Robert Morris
We are already almost one month into the new year, so it’s time to really buckle down and make sure we can stay focused in 2014. Many people make resolutions and they promise to realize them every New Year, but somehow those aspirations tend to fade away after the first few months.
DonÂt you wish to do things differently this time? The following practical tips will help you work on your habits that will help you stay focused on the aims you set.
1. You need daily rituals
No matter how spontaneous you want your life to be, sticking to daily routines is what will get those things of the list realized. You cannot have high levels of focus if you donÂt follow a routine that will keep you within the boundaries of productiveness. Pay attention to your sleeping and eating patterns, plan some time for personal satisfaction and make sure to plan breaks that will give you more energy to tackle all daily challenges.
2. Visualize your goals
Creating a vision board will give you a great presentation of your dreams and goals, making them more real. You can add images, as well as souvenirs, articles, or quotes related to your great yearly goals. When you visualize your aims clearly, you will work harder towards their achievement.
3. DonÂt set too many BIG goals
Your list has to contain one or two big goals that you plan to accomplish. DonÂt set too many of these big goals, because you will overwhelm yourself and then end up disappointed, but donÂt leave your list without any great expectations either. Check in on those goals every month and think about what you have done up to that point.
4. DonÂt leave things uncompleted
The only way to stay focused on your goals is to complete everything you start. DonÂt give up on a task you have started, because that will weaken your mental strength and leave you with diminished self-confidence. Stay determined and always do your best to complete every single task you start. Success in life is guided by a simple rule Â without doing your best, you wonÂt achieve the best possible outcome.
5. Give yourself some daily time alone
No matter how active your life is, you wonÂt get anywhere without spending some time with yourself and your thoughts. Constant involvement in social life depletes you and results in an inevitable burnout. If you are overly active, itÂs only a matter of time when your body and/or mind will give up. Spend some time doing things you love Â take long walks, listen to good music, read great books, meditate, do yoga, or whatever else that pleases and relaxes you.
6. Multitasking is good, but do it less!
Multitasking is sometimes a beneficial skill to master, but the truth is that you cannot accomplish your best at everything when doing too many things at once. When you focus your brain on a single task, you will devote yourself fully to it and the outcome will be much better.
7. Make daily to-do lists
Making daily to-do lists is a great strategy to train your brain to stay focused. When you end the day with all tasks crossed out on the list, you will have a feeling of accomplishment and you will be happy to repeat that every single day. Plan your goals by organizing your tasks into a few categories and separating the things you need to do today, tomorrow, this week, and this month. Making to-do lists is also a great way to make priorities and keep your energy focused on the most important tasks.
8. Have goal buddies
When you have people with similar goals, you will support and motivate each other to stay focused on their achievement. Your Âgoal buddiesÂ will remind you about the things you promised to achieve, and their success will push you to keep up.
9. Learn how to avoid distractions
You convince yourself that checking your e-mail, Facebook and Twitter every few minutes relaxes you, but the truth is that this bad habit is a huge distraction from the really important things. Make sure to complete every important task you have for the day before you allow yourself the luxury of spending time on Facebook. When you finish everything faster and more efficiently, you can reward yourself with virtual socializing.
10. Learn how to be focused on staying focused
Staying focused is a skill thatÂs really simple to explain: you concentrate your mind on a single thing and donÂt allow it to be disturbed by anything else. ItÂs not impossible; it just requires a lot of practice, commitment, and dedication. Your daily relaxation or meditation will help you free your mind of all distracting thoughts, and you will soon notice how you are getting better in controlling your habits and emotions and staying focused on your goals.
Be prepared for the fact that the upcoming year wonÂt be free of distractions and problems no matter how hard you work on your goals, but the most important thing is to stay within the routine you establish and donÂt attach yourself to the results.