Follow on course until success. You’ve likely heard this phrase before as a way to define focus.
In this day and age, where research shows that the average person receives 60+ notifications per day, it is difficult to stay focused. Additionally, with the beauty of technology, we’ve become accustomed to instant responses, speedy phones that function like computers and quick actions. Our environment, although presenting a more efficient way to live, may have crippled our already limited ability as humans to stay focused. But to focus on something you must have something to focus on.
Probably more important than focusing is knowing what’s important to you and being clear about it. Sometimes the struggle with our focus is not merely the million distractions that come our way, but our inability to describe and define our goals.
What does your priority list look like? Are there set goals that will get you closer to achieving your visions? The Bible says “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV. Having your vision written, your goals outlined, your purpose clear helps guide you to what to focus on.
What then do we do when we realize we’re losing focus on what’s truly important? The Bible says “Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27 NKJV.
Practical application includes -to name a few, (1) turning off notifications when working on your priority, (2) blocking off time on your calendar that cannot be interrupted for anything, but for you to work on your goals, and (3) being creative about where you actually work on those goals. You might have to consider waking up extra early so there’s minimal distraction at home or staying late at work so everyone else is gone and you can then knock those goals out.
Above all, staying focused isn’t accidental, but requires intentional work. Get it done.