Published: 23rd February 2018
Find it hard to focus? These tips might help you and your career
Social media and other "time consuming" activities are drawing young people away from focusing and prioritising important things
The striking difference between a successful person and a person who is not successful in life can be attributed to the aspect of ‘focus in life’. We need to have a high degree of focus if we are aspiring to become successful in various stages of our life. Focus gives us the direction and the motivation to work towards reaching a particular destination or status that we’ve wished for, for a long time. It brings a great amount of clarity in life, which will be essential to determine the quality and standard of our life.
Focus is a very critical aspect for the young people of today’s modern and complex world, which is filled with lots of distractions and time-wasters. The young graduates, who are working towards building a career, are often affected and influenced by the strength of their focus. Their success is often defined by the manner in which they handle the aspect of focus in life.
I have witnessed that many young graduates often go astray, which hampers their natural growth and development towards achieving professional excellence. The basic requirements of hard work, determination and applying oneself to the situational demand to improve their skills are all compromised. They do not realise that the professional world expects them to be taskmasters for their enriched development based on a sector-specific approach.
The reasons for a poor and unhealthy level of focus in life is due to procrastination, lethargic attitude, lack of enthusiasm, a feeble mindset and finally, a tendency to go along with the crowd without an effort to imbibe self-development qualities.
I would recommend the following areas for positive consideration by the young graduates to improve their focus and to transform themselves into successful professionals.
Stick to a schedule
Most of the time, youngsters don’t stick to a well-planned schedule that is required to accomplish tasks for their personal, social and professional development. This requires a well-thought-out plan for the day and a list of activities that can be brought into a routine for consistent effort. Decision-making is essential in order to have a well-balanced schedule, so that one can feel positive about their use of time.
Work while the mind is fresh
The art of managing oneself will be better served when an individual gets a feeling of satisfaction by accomplishing life tasks with ease. The best way to do this is to work on important aspects when their mind and body are fresh.
Practice makes perfect: Young people are often swayed away by social media and other activities
Stay away from time-wasters
The real reason for youngsters not being able to focus can be due to their over-indulgence in time-wasting activities like surfing the internet, spending time on WhatsApp, going around with friends and doing all sundry things that are not productive. These activities, if unchecked, will get deep into the psyche of the individual, which cannot be changed later.
Keep your life goals in sight
The best way to stay focused is by adopting a life goal that will empower you. The goals must be written down so that they can be looked at whenever there is a tendency to go away from them. ‘Out of sight is out of mind’, therefore the goals must be vividly visualised as powerful as possible by the individual.
This would create a positive influence on the mindset of the individuals, which will enable them to be successful with dedication and steadfast determination. Focus in life should be plotted to a specific area that is taken with pinpoint accuracy and must go deep down with sustained and constant efforts to stay committed to the task. It will be a very encouraging factor for youngsters to achieve great results in life. Success demands focus in life, which in turn commands your life ahead.
(Nicholas Francis is an HR mentor based in Madurai. He serves as a member of board of studies of Social Work in colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of institutes)