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  • Staying focused is probably one of the most difficult things to doespecially today

  • when we are surrounded by so many distractions.

  • We now have smartphones, smartwatches, and other smart devices that constantly distract

  • us.

  • Just when you wanted to work, you get an Instagram notification, just when you wanted to study,

  • someone commented on your picture on Facebook, you can't wait to check it out.

  • And I didn't even mention your email.

  • But at the end of the day, we all have 24 hours a day.

  • Nothing more and nothing less.

  • And what makes some people successful is that they have the ability to make the most out

  • of it by focusing on doing that one thing that eventually makes them successful while

  • the majority struggles.

  • And I understand because, at some point, I struggled too.

  • I remember back in school I couldn't even study for 15 minutes, but today I can stay

  • focused for hours.

  • And what I am about to share with you will literally change your life.

  • So if you want to learn how to stay focused?

  • If you finally want to get rid of all distractions?

  • Then stick around and make sure to watch the video till the end.

  • Number one, start with a tiny task.

  • Here is the simplified reason why you can't focus.

  • Let's say you have to finish a certain project or an assignment, or you want to read a book.

  • The problem is that, whenever a certain project is too big, it becomes vague that you can't

  • see where exactly it starts and when it ends or how long it's going to take, your brain

  • will do everything to delay it or avoid it.

  • You turn on your computer, and you want to finish that assignment.

  • It might take you an hour, or two or even three, so your brain starts coming up with

  • excuses to delay it, such as why not watch a video on YouTube and then start, how about

  • to get yourself a cup of coffee?

  • It will help you to concentrate.

  • But in reality, your brain is just trying to avoid that vague task.

  • When you turn on YouTube, you don't decide to watch it for 2 or 3 hours.

  • You just say, let me watch this one video, and then one video turns into 2, then into

  • 3, and then you find out that you have spent 2 hours watching YouTube.

  • Because that's how your brain works.

  • So, Here is how to trick your brain.

  • Forget about finish the assignment today.

  • Break it into tiny small pieces where each piece would take you 10 or 15 minutes at best.

  • And then set the target to finish the first piece and don't even bother yourself about

  • the rest.

  • Once you are done with he first, then move to the second and so on.

  • 2.

  • Number 2, rest is far more important than you think

  • No matter how smart, talented you are.

  • You can't focus for 10 hours a day.

  • Each day, you have a limited number of Hours that you can focus, and it depends on you,

  • how you want to spend them.

  • If you are at the peak of your energy, use that time to do the important things, because

  • with every hour you are awake, your ability to focus diminishes, that's why after an entire

  • day of being awake, it's super difficult to concentrate.

  • Your brain consumes at least 20 percent of your body's energy, and if you focus, it consumes

  • even more.

  • And the best way to let your brain rest and regain back its energy is through sleep.

  • So if you are not having enough sleep, don't be surprised that you find it difficult to

  • stay focused.

  • Make sure to do the most important things at the beginning of your day and leave the

  • unimportant things for later.

  • 3.

  • Next, Multitasking is a hoax

  • A lot of people believe in multi-tasking, but the truth is there is no such thing as

  • multi-tasking.

  • You can't do multiple things at the same time, because your brain can only focus on one thing

  • at a time.

  • When you are multi-tasking, you are simply switching from task to another in such a speed

  • that it seems to you like you are multi-tasking.

  • If you are wondering what's wrong with that?

  • Hear me out.

  • Whenever you switch your attention from one thing to another, you need around 15 minutes

  • to completely get your brain back to what you were doing.

  • So when you are multi-tasking, You are diminishing your performance in both of these tasks.

  • You will be better off if you first finish one task and then focus on the second.

  • That's why a single distraction, such as checking your phone in the middle of work, can set

  • you back for at least 15 minutes.

  • Imagine what happens if you check your phone every 5 minutes; a task than takes 30 minutes

  • can easily stretch to 3 hours.

  • 4.

  • Number 4, Train your brain to focus

  • Your ability to focus is like a muscle.

  • Imagine trying to do push-ups for the first time.

  • You probably won't be able to do more than a couple, maybe 5, maybe 15.

  • But that would probably be your limit.

  • Even if you train the entire day, you won't be making 50 or 100 push-ups the next day.

  • You will just get yourself exhausted and probably give up the next day.

  • The same logic applies to your ability to focus.

  • If you haven't trained your brain to focus for hours, you can't suddenly read a book

  • for three straight hours.

  • You have to understand that, to build your focus, it will take you weeks, maybe months.

  • Start with 5 minutes.

  • Put aside everything and set a goal to focus for just 5 minutes and then reward yourself,

  • take a break, go and watch YouTube, do whatever you enjoy, and then come back and focus for

  • another 5 minutes.

  • The next day, increase to 10 minutes, try that for a couple of days, don't rash, make

  • sure you comfortable can focus for 10 minutes before you raise the bar again.

  • In a matter of months or two, you will train your brain to the point where you can easily

  • focus for half an hour or so.

  • 5.

  • number5, Create time blocks

  • I typically wake around 7 am and divide my day into many blocks to make it easier to

  • navigate throughout the day.

  • I don't randomly do stuff.

  • The first block is where I focus on my morning routine, go for a little jog, exercise, and

  • breakfast.

  • Around 8:30 to 9, I start working, and the period between 9 am to 12 pm is the most important

  • part of my day.

  • That's when I do the most important things.

  • I take the most important decisions.

  • I don't take meetings at that time.

  • I don't check my emails.

  • I try to avoid any calls and focus on what really matters.

  • My next time block is afternoon; that's when I jump into calls, attend meetings, do things

  • that don't require high concentration, etc.

  • Dividing my day into 4 to 5 blocks just makes it a lot easier to focus.

  • 6.

  • Number 6, Keep the final goal in your mind

  • You are building your business for a reason.

  • You are going to college for a reason.

  • Whatever you do, there is a bigger goal behind it.

  • It might be financial dependence, graduating from college, or getting that position in

  • your company.

  • Always keep that final goal in your mind to remind yourself why you have to hustle now,

  • why you have to focus on completing that project.

  • You will be as focused as you are motivated.

  • Remember, back in school.

  • You probably struggled to do homework or study for that test because you were not motivated.

  • You didn't have a strong reason or a strong "why" to put that hard work.

  • You only did it because your parents told you so!

  • Sit down and figure out what you want to achieve in your life or at least in the next few years,

  • and whatever you do, make sure it's one way or another connected to that final destinations

  • so that the next time when you sit down to work, you know what you are hustling for.

  • 7.

  • And finally, Create a working environment

  • Have you ever heard about the hidden force that shapes your behavior?

  • You might think that you are always in control, but that's not entirely true.

  • Everything influences you starting from the temperature in the room to the color of your

  • desk.

  • The people around you have massive influence over your behavior.

  • There have been endless experiments to prove that.

  • They say You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With.

  • So Even if you implement all the tips we have talked about in this video and do everything

  • as you are told, it all useless unless you change your environment.

  • Make sure you are somewhere where you can't get distracted.

  • The people around you are as motivated as you.

  • Prepare yourself to work, dress up nicely, clean up your desk from unnecessary things

  • and make sure you only have in front of you what you need to work.

  • I do not doubt that if you implement these seven tips we have discussed in this video,

  • you will fix your focus.

  • Don't give up if It doesn't work straight away, its not a one day job.

  • You will have to hustle.

  • And now its time to give this video a huge thumbs up if you have enjoyed it and don't

  • forget to subscribe and hit that notification bell.

  • Thanks for watching and until next time.

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