The 2 Simple Rules of Focus

If you ever tried to work on something important, you know the importance of resisting distractions and staying focused on the task at hand. To do great work, you must focus. It demands that you follow the two rules of focus.

Rule 1: Focus on the Right Activity

The first rule of focus is: you must give your attention to the right activity: in most cases, your highest-value activity. If you remove all distractions but focus on the “wrong” activity, it won’t benefit you; it’s like climbing a ladder that’s leaning against the wrong wall. It doesn’t matter that you climb fast; you still end up at the wrong place.

Thus, if you’re going to achieve your desired results, you must identify, at any given time, what the best use of your time, energy, and attention. You must know what you should be focusing your efforts on: you must determine what’s your most important activity. Unless you figure that out, you run the risk of seeing very little results for your focused effort.

This rule also implies that you delegate any important activities you’re not fit to perform. In other words, this means that you’ll focus on your areas of strengths and not stubbornly try to complete tasks you’re not made for.

It’s not sufficient to focus; you must focus on the right activity. It’s vital to your performance and success.

Rule 2: Focus for a Long Enough Period

The second rule of focus is: you must focus for a long enough period. That is, to make noticeable progress, you must put a minimum of focused effort. If your periods of focus are too short, you’ll be spinning your wheels. And chances are you’ll give up on your work or project because it’s going nowhere.

This rule also implies that before you begin to tackle a new task or project, you make sure that you have focused on the previous one for a long enough period. In fact, if you jump from task to task or from project to project without giving each the amount of focus it demands, you’ll stall.

For example, if you’re working on a short film, you would be wise to focus on that project alone (at least for a long enough period) before you start working on other short films. Otherwise, you’ll spread yourself too thin and risk not completing any of the projects.

If you want your focused activity to produce remarkable results, you must learn to focus on the right activities and ensure you maintain your focus during a long enough period to make significant progress.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.