Written by Diggy
When you really focus, you can do more in a few hours than you can in an entire day. If you can keep up this focus for weeks or months in a row, you can likely achieve more in a year than you would in the next 10 years.
I am a prime example of someone who can benefit tremendously from the power of pure focus.
I’ve been working for myself the last couple of years and this means that I have no set work hours and no boss to report to. While this may sound like an ideal life to you, it’s actually terrible if you are not disciplined enough to stay focused. There were weeks and months where I would really work for 1 or 2 hours per day. I would be busy the whole day, but when it actually comes to doing something productive, my effort was minimal.
It’s just too easy to put something off until tomorrow. To sit on Facebook. To play video games all day. To go out and party, or spend time with friends. Or to spend hours reading celebrity gossip or cartoons at www.theoatmeal.com.
This is probably because of the fact that nobody really likes to work. It’s inherent to our nature to be lazy, and to want to have everything just fall in our laps. Working means that you actually need to exert effort, that you need to use your brain or your body to make something happen.
Even right now, while I’m writing this post, my mind wonders off and wants to see what’s happening on Facebook, or to check my iphone if I got any messages, or to make myself a snack. I consciously need to focus myself on writing this article, or else it would likely take me days to finish.
I shudder to think how much opportunity I’ve lost out on because of my inability to focus on my work.
The Power of Focus
A friend of mine had never heard anything about online business up to 2 years ago. He made a decision to build an online business and dedicated multiple hours of pure focus for a year to mastering the neccessary skills he needed to be successful. His first year, he did around $100k in revenue. This year he’s on his way do do $500k.
But when I say focus, I mean focus. He would just not do anything else except his work when he was working. He would turn off his phone, ignore any requests or conversations and purely work.
I would go to his house sometimes unannounced while he was working. He would let me in, but he told me not to disturb him the next 3 hours since he was working. He worked for not a minute less than those 3 hours, and only when he was done he would talk to me.
Another friend of mine was struggling financially, to the point where he barely had enough money to pay for rent and food. He got sick of living like that, and spent the next weeks locked up in his bedroom working his butt off to create a software product he could sell. He would do nothing but work all day, and only leave his room to go to the shop to buy food. No partying, no friends, no time for me, nothing.
Eventually he launched his product and it was a success. Now, multiple months later he is making a mid 4-figure income from this product on total autopilot.
These are just two personal examples that I wanted to share with you to illustrate the power of focus. If you ask any successful person how they got to where they are, almost all of them will tell you that there was a point where they became super focused on achieving success and did nothing else but what they had to do to move forward.
The Key To Achieving Super Focus
Now that we’ve looked at the importance of focus and how much more progress you can make in life when you focus all your attention on something, the question of how to focus remains.
Focus is a decision. You need to decide that you want something bad enough that you are willing to put everything else aside.
Not many people have the pure willpower to be able to make this decision and stick to it religiously. There are just too many distractions that we’ve hardwired into our minds to override our willpower. These distractions include cell phones, television, video games, Facebook, Twitter, partying, friends and much more.
If you want to ensure your ability to focus only on the tasks you want to do, you’ll need to remove all temptation and avoid the ability of being distracted.
This means that when you want to work, you need to create an environment where you can only work. If you have to, turn off your cell phone, de-activate your Facebook and Twitter, give your TV to a friend, tell your friends not to bother you for the next 2 weeks, and so on and so forth.
When you remove all distractions you have no choice but to work and focus on your tasks. Your brain may still generate suggestions like checking Facebook, but when you no longer have access to Facebook, all you can do is ignore your brain’s sugestion and continue working.
There is a viral article about a man who did an experiment about his power of focus. He works for himself online, but he found himself to slack off a lot and waste hours every week on things that only distract him from his goals. He hired a woman to watch him work and slap him in the face every time he lost focus.
The difference between his regular productivity and his focused productivity was more than 100%!
You know better than anyone how productive you are and how well you focus. If you know that you are wasting more than half of your working time on unimportant things, then maybe it’s time to implement the focus exercises from this article so that you too can experience the power of focus.
Cut out your distractions and when it’s time to work, it’s only time to work.