How Focus Leads to Great Results (and How to Do It) 415

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“The sun’s energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass it can start a fire. Focus is so powerful!” ~ Alan Pariser

What is focus?

Well, let me start by explaining what the lack of focus is.

Many times when I’ve opened a new document and have started writing – with the whole idea in my mind and everything I need to keep writing for a long time, or when I’m in the middle of a great book on an issue that’s important to me (self-improvement, lifestyle design, writing, simplicity), I start doing something else.
Usually it’s a completely pointless action like browsing the Web, checking social media, or even playing Solitaire. Now that I’m saying it, it sounds even more ridiculous. It’s pure procrastination caused by the lack of focus on my main activity.

During the whole thing I realize that what I was doing in the first place is really important, and is actually interesting. No one makes me do it and I’m the only one that knows the exact benefits it may have on me – me learning new things, collecting ideas for writing, getting inspired, or motivated to take an immediate action, or writing a post, or an eBook that will become a success some day, taking big decisions to make changes in my life or way of thinking, etc.

These are really important things to me. And they will happen as long as I keep doing what I know I should do – constantly reading, writing and working on my blog.

But the one problem that slows the process and sometimes takes me a step back is my inability to be fully engaged in my activities and concentrate for a long time on the essentials.

It’s a combination of procrastination and laziness as people tend to have a short attention span and are easily distracted only because staying focused requires brain engagement and thinking.

I’m sure many of you will recognize this behavior. You may have experienced losing focus on different occasions but the final result is always the same – poor performance.

Trying to do many things at once is another example as you end up not finishing them at all or having bad results because you can’t concentrate on two or more activities.

To change that we need to find focus in daily life. To start being in the present moment no matter what we’re doing right now. To let go of distractions and concentrate on the essential.

Only then will we be able to finish projects on time, to create (everyone creates in some way), to write/read/etc. with a purpose, to do daily tasks, to be more productive and get things done, to actually achieve results and be proud of ourselves.

So how do we find focus then?

Here are a few ways:

7 Ways to Find Focus in Daily Life and Achieve More

1. Eliminate distractions.

We’re surrounded by distractions at each moment.

You may want to do some paper work at home but that doesn’t mean friends won’t decide to call you for a chat or suggest to go out, also family members may enter the room all the time, there may be noises (the neighbor may be listening to music, moving furniture or else), you get notifications all the time and your phone makes sounds.

If you’re wondering what to do about it, start eliminating such distractions.

2. Avoid temptations.

It’s also a kind of distraction but it’s usually your choice to be distracted by it. It happens every time you open a browser, check social media or email, turn on the TV or radio, etc.

The solution is to unplug, turn off, ignore and eliminate.

3. Do one thing at a time.

Multitasking is an enemy of focus. Trying to do 2 or more things at once just doesn’t work.

If you want to find focus, do one thing at a time.

4. Slow down.

Being in a rush creates unwanted stress. It makes you think that you won’t be ready on time, you may do something wrong, etc.

So try to do things slowly. Breathe deeply and calm down before you start.

5. Do less.

Here is a quote from Tim Ferriss:

“Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.”

We do so many things most of which are completely pointless. We think we’re busy but in the end of the day what have we actually done?

Simplify! Do less! These are the ultimate habits that will save us from the complexity and tension of daily life and will free us.

6. Experience the moment.

Many people choose to spend their present thinking about the past or worrying about the future. That brings stress, regrets and anxiety and ruins their present moment. Not to mention the complete lack of focus on what they’re doing right now.

Now and here is where we belong. We possess only this moment and our job is to make the best of it. I think the easiest way to learn to do that is to stop every now and then and look around. Try to see the bigger picture and realize how important the thing you’re doing is.

7. Learn to let go.

To fully engage in your activity and finish your projects, you’ll need to let go of certain things that are distracting you, making you anxious and preventing you from getting things done.

These are things like your fears, regrets for the past, uncertainties and doubts, caring about what other people think, your need for control and security, and so on.

It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s quite simple and an inevitable step on your way to focus.

There may be many other ways to do that or things and people that will help you concentrate. Different things may work best for you. Experiment by giving these 7 a try first.

Everyone deserves to feel the magic of doing something while being 100% there. And after that to see the sweet fruits of his efforts.

Further reading:
Finding Focus
Three Little Habits to Find Focus
How to Have a More Focused Day

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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