Focus

words by: Kevin Bille

 

Hey what’s the good word!

Focus. First, let’s define what it is. The dictionary says focus is ‘a center of activity, attraction, or attention; a point of concentration; directed attention; a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding.’

Next, read the statement below and then pause. Don’t keep reading the rest of the article until this truly resonates. Ready? Go!

You can focus on what gets your attention, or you can focus on what deserves your attention.

Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When I read this scripture, it puts a ton of value on one day and on focusing on that particular day. This helps us make the most of the time given to us. But, many of us are so caught up in what we need to accomplish on our to-do list that we aren’t valuing today, and it’s taking up the one thing we all wish we had more of… TIME!

Attention management can assist with this. It is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus so that you can unleash your genius. It’s about being intentional instead of reactive. Invest in your focus. Support your attention by minimizing distractions.

Time management used to be very similar to what attention management is now. If you put it on your calendar, you were more likely to accomplish it. This was until the digital revolution changed the way information was generated and shared. In other words, before there were so many distractions. Allocating time to something no longer means that it will receive your attention, and without attention, your time is somewhat irrelevant. Attention creates action, produces quality, and facilitates productivity. What you give your attention to is what determines your experiences. Many mistakes in our lives come from letting the wrong things capture our attention.

You can’t create more hours in the day, but you can be more intentional with how you spend them. By being intentional, you choose to focus on what deserves your attention rather than on what merely gets your attention.

I love James Clear’s suggestion of measuring your progress. He says, “We all have areas of life that we say are important to us, but that we aren’t measuring. That’s a shame because measurement maintains focus and concentration. The things we measure are the things we improve. It is only through numbers and clear tracking that we have any idea if we are getting better or worse.”

For example, Clear mentions, “When I measured how many pushups I did, I got stronger. When I tracked my reading habit of 20 pages per day, I read more books. And when I recorded my values, I began living with more integrity.”So, ask yourself, how do you define focus in the different areas of your world, and how can you improve your focus in these areas? One way you could start is by making the shift from time management to attention management.

Now that’s GOOD STUFF!

Reach out to Kevin Bille anytime with your thoughts by emailing him at: kevin@plainvalues.com

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