5 Ways To Enhance Focus

Setting your life straight

Think about this, when you work, do you end up thinking about how many hours you work, or how many of your goals you achieved?

What’s interesting is there’s no majority. These are two different ways of defining a good work ethic.

But logically speaking, it makes sense to be goal-oriented. If you set the right goals and accomplish them, your on the path to success. On the other hand, if you work for 12 hours a day on random things, you won’t see that much progress.

So what’s the balance? How do you have a balance between the two? It’s by setting ambitious goals.

Think about it, I doubt Elon Musk, who famously works 12–13 hours a day actively checks a timer for how many hours he works. However, I’m fairly confident that he has daily goals that he needs to do and executes on them.

But if your goals aren’t ambitious, you won’t see the best result. In this article, I want to talk about a couple of ways you can enhance the way you operate on a daily basis to achieve your goals. I’m going to avoid talking about productivity hacks but they might be mentioned here or there.

Keep in mind, this is mostly from my experience. Cool? Ok let’s start:

  1. Eliminate your plan B.

I’m sure you’ve been told multiple times to have a plan B for college or university. “What happens if this doesn’t work?”. Personally, I hate having a plan B.

What ends up happening to everyone is after you have a plan B, you use it as a safety net. But what’s important to realize is we work better when there is no safety net.

Think about this, all the time, thoughts, and energy you put into having a plan B, takes away from plan A. Now, there’s a higher chance both things will fail.

At the same time, don’t be stupid. When I say this I’m talking about the goals you have. Don’t have a plan B for your goals. You have to believe that all the work you put into what you do will be worth it. That’s exactly why it’s so important to be good at what you do.

But wait what happens if it doesn't work out? Failure is ok. I don’t want to say this because of how cheesy it is but everyone fails, you’re not special in this situation.

2. Commit to what you do, before it’s too late

Remember, the first tip only applies in situations where you’ve fully committed to what you're doing because once you do, there shouldn’t be a reason to have a plan B.

It’s so important to actually think if what you’re doing is going to be the best for your future self. Could you picture dedicating the rest of your life to whatever you are committing to?

3. Have multiple different motivations

Loving what you do is probably the biggest and best motivation but it won’t work 24/7. There are so many times when you take a break, work, then in 5 seconds you want to break again. It happens to all of us.

But overcoming that is what starts to make your work ethic unique. I think there are a bunch of productivity hacks you can use to overcome this roadblock. For example, website blockers, techniques like Pomodoro, and other things.

However, from my personal experience, I find that all of these hacks are based on willpower as well. In fact, I think that no matter which productivity hacks you use, you need the willpower to use them. If I’m using a website blocker, I have to have the willpower to not uninstall the blocker and continue watching Netflix.

That’s why I think it’s so important to use multiple different methods of productivity/focusing. I think this comes from understanding your core values. I wrote mine down (check them out here) and I realized one of my biggest motivations is thinking about how many other people want the same thing as me.

I ask myself, what will make me different. That thought pushes me past the I don’t want to do it. I do want to clarify that things like website blockers or timers are definitely useful. I just think it’s important to have multiple different ways of pushing yourself.

4. Stop dwelling on the past

One thing I noticed about myself was that after having a bad day in terms of productivity, I would constantly be angry or frustrated that it happened.

What’s funny is because of that, I would spend the next day not improving at all because I was just thinking about the day before.

If I could go back and tell my old self something, it would be to look at the big picture. 1 day is a lot of time but as long as it’s not a habit, so what. It even comes down to this idea of “get over yourself”.

Sure our time might be valuable, but it’s not nearly as valuable as people like Jeff Bezos’s time, yet. Just because you decided to chill for a day or two, doesn’t mean you're not working hard.

5. Don’t be a sheep

Throughout this article, I’ve said many times that you’re not alone in this situation or it happens to everyone. What’s interesting about that is we feel comfort knowing others are doing something similar.

I’m speaking from personal experience when I say that this gives us a habit of only doing things that others do. In fact, the first thing people who are trapped in this habit thing of is, has anyone does this before?

I think the best mindset you can have in situations like these is thinking for yourself. Think about the worst and best case scenario and depending on how good or bad they are, you either carry out or don’t carry out with the action.

Just don’t overthink it.

Think about the question I asked at the beginning. Which one are you right now and how can you change? Are you a goal setter who doesn’t set ambitious goals or someone who is focused on the number of hours they worked?

You want to find that balance which is setting really ambitious goals that take a lot of effort and energy. These are 5 things I would have told my past self when I was obsessed with the number of hours I worked.

They all may not apply to you. Most of you reading this article might have some of these already, but maybe not all of them.

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15 y/o working on ending open defecation in Nigeria + increasing the energy density of batteries.

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Rishi Mehta

15 y/o working on ending open defecation in Nigeria + increasing the energy density of batteries.

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