How to Hone Your Focus for Better Outcomes
Let’s talk about a big problem I see time and time again. 🤔
One of biggest hurdles we face when starting a new routine is going at our goal without having all of our tools lined up. And the one tool that’s missing a good percentage of time?
When it comes down to it, we try to hammer something new into a system that’s not equipped with a fundamental element that it needs to work with you, not against you.
My own journey was filled with a ton of pitfalls that could have been solved by just knowing how to focus in a way that felt natural to me.
I knew that there had to be something that could help.
That’s when I started really researching how to develop my focus. Everything that I could get my hands on, I started studying and implementing alongside my new routine.
Even as impossible as it sounds, practicing my focus and a new routine helped to catalyze the other. The most focus I could implement, the better self care for my new routine. The more self care, the better studying I could do.
That old say? One good thing leads to another? It applies to investing to yourself, learning new ways of thinking that will help you build up what you deserve.
If you’re having trouble with sitting down and just honing your focus, I wanted to share with you the two best resources that helped me learn this new skill.
Let’s dive into my two favorite resources for honing your focus!
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Focus is one of those skills that can be tough to learn to begin with, but add in all of the things that get tossed our way from schedules, notifications, to just brain-static and it can seem near-impossible.
Cal Newport really put so much into this book and it was one of the major factors in helping me hone my focus in a way that felt easy, natural.
In Deep Work, Cal Newport describes the title as a ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. This new skill is one that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.
His techniques and writing style make it easy to make the changes you need for better focus and better outcomes for anything.
The Science of Powerful Focus: 23 Methods for More Productivity, More Discipline, Less Procrastination, and Less Stress by Peter Hollins
I love books that give you a slew of options to help you. Not only does it feel easily to personalize, but it helps you begin problem solving and piecing together a process before you even begin.
This is one of the reasons why I absolutely loved The Science of Powerful Focus.
Peter Hollins looks at focus in a revolutionary new way, and sheds light on studies both new and old that lead to the path of massive productivity and conquering of goals.
He lays out a holistic view of how focus can be tackled from every angle of a person’s life. Which is right inline with making any routine stick to you: intertwining it into every aspect of your life.