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Tips on staying focused

Focus is something we all struggle with at some point in time (for some of us, that “point” is actually multiple “points” during a day!).

A colleague recently sent me this list of reasons why people lose focus. While it’s a good list featuring some nice tips on recapturing focus, I’d like to add some more things to the list that take us off task:

1. Breaking stride. Hey, life happens. Unplanned events naturally distract us. That’s why it’s important to expect the unexpected and mentally prepare for the fact that things that are likely going to interrupt you at some point.

2. Putting all your eggs in one basket. In the context of a job search, we often hold out hope that some person or opportunity will drop out of the sky and save us. Don’t count on it! Never stop networking and exploring potential opportunities.

3. Experiencing small rejections. It can be so hard not hearing back from potential contacts or interviewers. Staying positive can be hard – but not staying positive makes things harder in the long run.

4.  Lack of urgency. People often think they have time to put things off for another day. The problem? Another day becomes another week. It’s important to keep things moving! Constantly remind yourself that procrastination is a trap.

5. Self doubt. Don’t be your worst enemy. Not believing in yourself or failing to give yourself permission to succeed sabotages your true potential. Get used to hearing me say this, because I’m going to be reinforcing it a lot in these blog posts: you must believe in yourself!

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  • 'Mary' says:

    Very timely blog. It does seem to strike many of us. I know for myself that losing focus is like swimming in a pool of bubbles – feels good for awhile, but they sure do block the view to the other end! Look forward to more postings. ‘Mary’