Now that we are faced with a brand new year, there is renewed energy that comes with it. While the momentum is high, opportunities are awaiting, and there are a lot of things going on both in your personal and professional lives. So you ask yourself, where do you start?
Curious how the ultra-successful people did it? Legendary investor Warren Buffett and tech magnate Bill Gates both have a simple, straight to the point answer as to how they achieved the billionaire status. The answer is focus.
Yes, by having the ability to focus on the important things in life, you will always be one step ahead towards becoming the successful person you have aspired to be. Though it may seem simple but like any other skill, it demands constant practice and some effort in order to make it a seamless part of your daily routine.
“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.”–Richard Branson
Let me share with you few hacks on how to stay laser-focused as you work on your long-term goals for a financially secured future:
- Grab a Pen and Paper
Through recent studies, neuroscientists discovered that the act of doodling helps improve one’s focus. Gone are the days when people see doodling as a waste of time because it has been proven to help the brain remain active to develop new ideas and solve problems.
The next time you are caught up in mental road block, engage in a creative activity that will not only relax your mind but will also make your brain unconsciously work to come up with breakthrough solutions for your everyday dilemmas. Instead of reaching out for a gadget, get your hands moving while you think about your priorities in life and establish your plans to make it happen.
- Squeeze in Some Quiet Time
With the many hats you wear, and the many roles you have to play, when was the last time you spent time with yourself?
“That way of being ‘still’ with ourselves – coming back to the center and recognizing that something is more important than you – it’s more important than the work you are doing, brings a kind of energy, an intention that we have never had before.” – Oprah Winfrey
Allocate a few minutes of your day for meditation. It is in the quiet moments that we find the peace we need to take us back to what matters in this life – the things and people important to us, the destination that we want to reach and the life that we want to live.
- Tidy up
This 2018, get moving and clear up your work space to help boost your focus even more.
Forget about excuses like you don’t have the time or you simply couldn’t handle it. Why? Science discovered that physical clutter restricts your ability to focus and process information. Simple factors like a disorganized area may appear insignificant to your life but in the long run, it slows down your growth and negatively affects the way you focus on your tasks.