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Focus, Focus, Focus

Why It's Important to Hone in on Your Goals to Help You Accomplish and Achieve Your Dreams



Why is focusing important? For one, it helps you accomplish your goals and moves you in directions you wouldn't be able to go unless you have the drive and attention to get there. When you lack focus, you may be able to take small steps in the right direction, but more often than not, you're likely not even on the right track without it.


When it comes to focusing, the idea is to take projects by tasks. Line up your goal in steps and work through one step at a time, methodically. Many people, myself included, end up having to designate time in the day to accomplish this.


In the past, I'd have a drive and free time to write, but as soon as I started a new job, writing would be pushed to the side, and the book I'd been feverishly writing for weeks was abandoned.


At this point in my life, I am a published author and a coach, but I recently started consulting, which has taken up a majority of my daylight hours. Instead of abandoning my passion for writing, I decided this time needed to be different. I have intention for change, here. So, I considered my options.


How does one keep writing when there are so many other things to do when you get done with work? You start before ever leaving your house for the day.


Yes, I started waking up at 6 a.m. It's three hours before I actually have to do anything for the other company I work for, and it has helped me continue to make progress on all of my projects even if it's just a little bit at a time.


Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather sleep in. But the prospect of not getting anything done for myself or my other clients is a terrifying thought, and I just can't have it.


You can do this, too. If you have the motivation, of course. The problem comes along when we are faced with distractions.


The 21st century is riddled with distractions. It is an age of convenience, but it's also an age of fast-paced, in your face, internet hoopla. LOTS of it.


When you think about the ways you spend your time throughout the day, how much of it is spent looking at your phone? We take them to the bathroom with us because we don't want to miss out on anything.


We are so addicted, we get anxious when we can't get in touch with our phones for a certain amount of time.


I'm not saying there aren't a ton of good things that come with it, but for the sake of this piece, they're more of a hinderance here.



There are a few things you can do to help yourself stay in touch and get focused, though. Leave your electronics in another room from the space you need to do your work. This seems like a given to me, but you'd be surprised how many people do not think to do this. You can also put a lock on your apps for a certain amount of time that you designate for your work.


I like to schedule time to work, even if it's only twenty minutes, and set a timer for it. Knowing I have a set amount of time that I can't get up from makes me stick around to see the task through. Deadlines for projects can also help you move forward.


An even better way to help yourself focus is to help other people focus. When you practice teaching things to others, you tend to retain the information and are more likely to implement healthy practices into your life. This is why team meetings, tutoring, and study sessions are usually so effective.


A note on the community focusing, though: It is important to mention here that some people are better for sitting down and working with then others. If you know someone that will be more of a distraction than a driving force forward, you may consider replacing them with a like-minded individual who's bent on success and all that it takes to get there.


 

Lexi Mohney is a self published author and a book coach living in Ann Arbor, MI. Throughout her writing and coaching career, she's lived by the motto of courage and worked with her own coaches, groups, and support system to see her Big Audacious Dreams come true so she can help others achieve success, too. Her first published piece is a finalist in the 7th Annual Bisexual Book Awards, and she is in the process of querying agents for her latest novel, Soulkind, which is the first in the Soul Hunter Series. For any and all questions pertaining to her work, contact her through her website or find her on social media.

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