Pep Talk

How to Stay Focused in Life

In life, there are several distractions and always will be. It’s up to us how we stay focused in our head and heart and follow our goals. Here are some tips to stay focused in life.

Flying Colours. Artwork by: Tanya Munshi

Time Management
o Firstly, accept the fact that you have only 24 hours and seven days a week.
o Hence, time management is very important as that will help you in achieving the maximum in minimum time and effort.
o Planning a week ahead on a Sunday is very useful. Write down the things to be done in a diary or a white board in order of priority.
o As far as possible, stick to the priority wise objectives and tick them once they’re done.
o Initially, it may not be easy to stick to a plan, but you will gradually see your efficiency and productivity increasing and you will no longer run out of time.

Goal Management
o Set smaller, achievable goals. For instance, if you want to score a high percentage in your exams then your goals should be to study a few hours daily rather than finish studying an entire chapter. If you try and complete an entire subject, it may not only be difficult but it can leave you nervous and under-confident.
o Rate your performance on a scale of 1 to 10, but be honest to yourself.
o Compare your present performance with the past to check your progress.
o Only if you are able to judge yourself honestly can you push yourself to do better.

Personal Management
o Meditation and yoga can help you to concentrate and stay focused.
o Visualize success before dozing off to sleep and just when you wake up. Affirm success and ingrain it into your mind and body.
o Seek advice and guidance from a trusted person such as a parent, a senior, a teacher or a counselor.
o Accept the fact that there will always be distractions, there will be people doing better than you and may be ‘luckier’ than you. But you need not waste time on worrying; instead, use the time to better yourself.
o Study tactics used by successful people, maybe it can give you a hint.

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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