How To Stay Focused To Achieve Your Goals

Know the ways to remain focused and be successful

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Can you achieve your goals without staying focused? I don’t think so. Many people wonder how to stay focused and achieve success.

I think being focused is the ability to say that “I’m doing this work and nothing else, and no one can stop me from doing it”.

Well, learning how to focus is in-fact a matter of making it a daily habit, isn’t it? You cannot stop a person with a focused mind to do what he or she plans.

I’ve heard many people say that they start off well with good intentions, but become unfocused after a while. Don’t worry. You’re not the only one to feel this way.

Sometimes I also start a project, work a little on it, and then lose focus or get distracted, but not for long – as I take a little break and I’m back to work again, more focused than before.

Has this happened with you too? How do you remain alert and concentrate on your work? Let me know in the comments.

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” ~ LL Cool J

How Successful People Remain Focused

You’ll mostly hear people say that they are not motivated and need to have enough passion to achieve goals. They feel only successful people have this kind of willpower and unstoppable passion, something that they lack.

But you know, even successful people get bored like you and me. They also sometimes lack motivation and need daily inspiration. They have also learnt how to rise up every time they fall.

The huge difference is that those who want to achieve goals don’t let their emotions influence their actions.

That’s right. Not only your disturbing emotions but also uncontrollable, useless, or unrelated thoughts might cause you to drift from what you’re doing and bring you out of focus.

But the successful lots find ways to work up through the boredom. They do all it takes to achieve their goals. It’s their capability to do the task when it’s not easy, and that is what separates them from others.

So, if you too want to be successful, then you need to follow the ways of the successful people to zero in on your target and stay focused.

Distractions are a major problem that does not allow people to stay focused. You cannot achieve goals if you are distracted. But who decides you have to stop where. No one, but you yourself!

Places like Facebook and other social media networks, or whether it is video games, TV, and text messages – they are all supposed to be used in moderation. You need to limit your time using them.

However, most people drown themselves into such distractions and make them their core activities, such that it leaves them no time to do other tasks in hand.

Being in focus is an uphill task for them.

Are you in a similar situation? Do you think you need to know how to stay focused and achieve your goals too? Then, this post is for you.

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What You Need to Stay Focused

There are certain requirements for staying focused, and if you consider them, then attaining goals will not be a problem for you.

• Set Priorities

There might be many areas in your life that need attention. It becomes tough to decide which ones need immediate attention or where you need to focus first. That is because you want them ALL done now!

When you want to focus on a single task, it becomes tough to keep the other pending tasks aside. You begin feeling overwhelmed and feel you need to do all those task and be present all over.

That’s when you think that a quick Facebook or Twitter break will do you good, and you head there to check on your messages or notifications. And those ‘few minutes’ break turns to perhaps 1-2 hours!

Remember that whatever you do today will reflect on your life ahead. If you spend 1 hour on Facebook, for example, then you are setting that standard for yourself.

But what if instead you write 1000 words during that 1 hour you waste, imagine the amount you’d accomplish in a year’s time!

Writing nearly 365,000 words, that’s nearly writing a new blog post daily, or writing 4-5 full books in a year, if you had not wasted that 1 hour.

• Believe in yourself and your task in hand

You need to think positive to stay focused and achieve goals. If a task appeals to you, such that you are willing to take risk accomplishing it and don’t fear failure, it’s worthy of your undivided attention.

You need to move forward and make progress by believing in your abilities, in areas that matter to you. Once you accomplish one task, turn your focus on the next one and move ahead.

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• Fight distractions

Distraction of home, work, family, friends, events and other things stop people from staying focused and achieving their goals.

It takes time and effort to remain focused to achieve goals that sometimes you give up.

You need to plan your task strategically. To stay on focus, decide on the best time to do your work. Chalk out the distractions that would arise and how you would react, and then deal with them.

Focus means to think strategically, and you need to remain committed and dedicated to be after one thing till the end at the cost of other possibilities.

Some people let distractions rule over them, but remember, you are distracted because you let yourself be distracted.

For example, if your friend calls or messages, your friend doesn’t know you are working on something.

Just let it be- end your tasks and then call back! If you explain, people understand that it’s your work time and you need to stay focused while working.

Start by keeping aside just one hour daily to focus on a main area of your choice. Train your mind to stay focused. You need to ‘make’ time for things that matter to you, isn’t it?

Take the example of Thomas Edison. He failed so many times before finally succeeding in inventing the lamp. But imagine if he hadn’t stayed focused on his goals – would he have achieved success?

He kept trying after each failure and remained focused till he achieved his goal.

• Accept that you may not achieve success

You’re only human and when you focus on any task, you pour all your energy into it. Your brain tells you it is an important task because you focus on a single idea, task, or thought.

However, sometimes you cannot achieve your goals despite being focused. Remember, focus does not guaranty success but only improves and increase your chances to be successful.

Also know that it is alright to accept this fact – face your failure and learn from it.

Don’t fear failure because that is your stepping stone to success. Remember, it’s ok to fail at times, and that doesn’t mean you stop trying. Being alert, aware, and determined helps you attain your goals.

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” ~ Stephen Richards

People don’t focus on their goals because they are afraid. They hesitate, procrastinate, and think negative, and try ways to escape from doing things.

They don’t want to try things out, or move out of their comfort zones.

Child focusing in studies and loving it

Achieving Your Goals is a Process

People think that achieving goals is the end result. For them success is an event that can be achieved.

For example, “If I write a book, I’d achieve success”, or “If I get featured in a magazine, I’d gain credibility.”
You forget that to write a book, you need to fall in love with the process of writing and keep writing daily!

But if you see people who consistently achieve their goals, you realize it’s not the event or end result that matter. Instead, it’s the journey, their commitment to the process – it’s a daily practice for them.

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~ Greg Anderson

So, don’t worry about the end result – fall in love with the journey, the boredom, the repeated process, the practice, the process and enjoy each moment. 🙂

15 Ways to Stay Focused and Achieve Your Goals

Always keep your goals always in your mind. Yes, distractions are a part of life and you’ll find them everywhere. However, how you deal with those distractions lies in your hands.

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” ~ Bruce Lee

1- Organize Your Workplace

Whatever you are working at, you need to have a clean and well organized working area because that helps you remain focused and you can work with full concentration.

It doesn’t take long, just a few minutes to keep things in the right place before you start work. Things you don’t need or use, keep away.

It’s said a cluttered work area creates a clutter in the mind too, so keep things organized.

2- Find Your Purpose to Stay Motivated

When you have a purpose to end your task, your work will motivate you and thus help you concentrate.

Some people lose focus as they cannot see what they might achieve and prefer doing other things.

After finding your purpose, write it down – define it as that will be your driving force to achieve your goal.

For example, if you are blogging, remind yourself why it is important for you and what you want to achieve from it.

3- Define Your Goals

Define your goals by chalking out the number of hours you are going to work and make list of your priorities.

When you write them down, they become more real and can be reviewed and used to encourage you. This helps to take care of distractions as and when they come up and how you can deal with them.

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Don’t overburden yourself by focusing on more than a few goals at a time as it will demotivate you and reduce your chance of achieving your goals.

Divide your time and keep accomplishing them one by one.

Narrow down your focus by completing the goals based on the priority. By defining your goals you stay focused to complete them by the end of the day.

4- Learn to Manage Your Time

Once you define your goals and make your list, write down how much time it will take you to complete each task. You are your best judge, so be realistic and complete each task within the set time limit.

Don’t become overwhelmed with time consuming tasks. Instead, break them into small bits and complete each one, one at a time.

“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.” ~ Bill Gates

You would like this post on time management – 6 Easy Tips for Time Management You Need to Know

This way you will be focused on your task rather than spending it chit-chatting with friends or wondering where time went by!

5- Use Visualization

When you want to remain focused you need to have a strong visual image of what you want to achieve – your target, so that you can reach your goal by focusing on the end result.

The more you visualize what you want to obtain, the more you can focus on achieving it. Achievers have the ability to visualize their goals as already accomplished.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

Imagine how your family and friends would react once you achieve your goals – that is the power of visualization.

6- Take Breaks In-between

As you work, your alertness reduces and you tend to get easily distracted. So, it’s good to work in shifts of 30 or 60 or 90 minute blocks, depending on what suits you. Set a timer and take frequent breaks.

You could take a short walk, listen to music, chat with friends, or cook and do the household chores.

Some people like to reward themselves by visiting Facebook, but for a limited time during such breaks. But don’t get stuck there! Come right back once the timer goes off 🙂

7- Turn OFF Everything

When people ask me how to stay focused, I always tell them one thing – just turn off all your tabs, emails, phones, and everything around you.

When you sit to work – just concentrate on your work and nothing else. When you say yes to achieve your goals, you must NO to other things, isn’t it?

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

If you are working in an office, you can set up a time when you can take your calls, check emails, or make a system so that urgent messages can reach you. Other than that, just switch-off!

Man not focusing on his work

8- Learn To Say NO

This is a tough one for me! But to stay focused, you need to say, “No” to a lot of people and things.

When it’s work time, just say, “I’m sorry I cannot do that for you as I’m working on a deadline.”

I know how hard it is to say these lines. I sometimes postpone a response by saying, “Let me think it over and get back to you”. This avoids an outright NO or rejecting an offer.

“Focusing is about saying No.” ~ Steve Jobs

Remember, once you refuse politely, people understand and begin respecting your way or working. Of course, help out and do their work once you complete your task.

9- Make Time for Distractions

Distractions aren’t bad, but you need to schedule them so they work for you. Use them to reward yourself after you achieve your goal or end your task.

Distractions like playing a game, calling friends, visiting Faceook or your other social networks are all good, provided you stick to your schedule and time yourself.

You need to learn to not get distracted by trying to practice mediation and focusing on single-tasking. For example, if you are reading the newspaper, just do that, don’t check your email or status update.

There are many apps to fight distraction you can use, without letting them become distractions!

10- Create New Habits

To focus and reach your goals do something that is repeated daily, even if it’s just for 10 minutes each day. Make it a daily habit and analyze your progress by recording it daily.

They say that it takes 21 days to create a new habit.

So, if you want to move from an old habit that you know is not letting you focus, to one that will help you, stick with the habit for 3 weeks to see a change.

When you do something consistently for so long, it becomes a part of your personality and you eventually keep doing it without really thinking of it.

11- Improve Your Focus

Some people get distracted easily. For such people, just take any task and give yourself half an hour to work on that task without taking any break.

Then slowly increase your time and focus by a few more minutes to see how long you can increase your stamina. Reading and writing continuously help in such cases.

I’ve learnt this over time and can sit for hours at a stretch, but I remind myself to keep getting up and walking a little after every hour. How about you?

12- Don’t Multi-task

You might think that multi-tasking helps you complete many tasks all at once. But that’s wrong as it just slows you down and confuses your brain.

You need to reset your brain each time you shift between two tasks. However, a lot depends on what all tasks you multi-task with.

Like cooking and listening to music is fine, but cooking and chatting on Facebook will not work. It might leave you with a burnt meal. 🙂

13- Be With People Who Have Similar Goals

Sometimes you are surrounded by people who prevent you from achieving your goals. They prevent you from staying focused. It can be tough to breakaway because these people maybe your family or friends.

They may not share the same goals or be interested in your goals. You need to extend your circle and move from those who hold you back if you want to achieve goals in life.

Having goal buddies or friends who share the same goals as you, helps you remind about your goal and motivate you when you feel a little down.

14- Use Positive Affirmations

Stay away from negative self-talks. Instead, use positive affirmations and remind yourself about the goals you want to achieve.

Positive affirmations help you believe in yourself and stay focused. Writing down your goals in present tense helps in personal affirmations.

For example, instead of saying “I want to earn more money”, say “I earn $5,000 a month” would be better.

After writing, read your goals in a loud and firm voice as it would make you proud of what it will feel like to reach it, and ignite the passion to accomplish your goal.

Some people create and use mantras that are small phrases that you can repeat daily – they encourage and remind you to concentrate on your goals.

15- Take Care of Yourself

You cannot remain focused if you do not care about yourself and your health.

Taking adequate rest, sleeping for at least 7-8 hours a day, eating a balanced diet and staying healthy are things you need to do to stay focused.

Mediate and concentrate on your breathing. Deep breathe, stay calm, and serene. When you inhale and exhale and concentrate on your breath, you are able to focus better when you sit to work.

Give yourself a break if you work continuously to avoid burnout (good reminder for me!) because that affects your productivity a great deal.

Don’t forget to celebrate each achievement by acknowledging and rewarding yourself for the progress you’ve made towards your goal.

You’d like this short video on more ways to stay focused 🙂

Four Keys to Staying Focused at Work ~ YouTube Video

Speaking of myself and my blog, when I look back, I don’t think I could have achieved all that I have – had I not been focused on my work.

I am not just saying this to praise myself here, but just to make you realize that if I can achieve my goals, you can achieve your goals too. All you need to do is stay centered, committed, and determined.

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~ Denis Waitley

So, are you ready to start? I hope now you will not lose your focus, nor procrastinate or get caught up by distractions. Instead, remain focused and achieve goals one after the other.

Cheers to your success! 🙂

Over to you

Do you know how to stay focused to achieve your goals? What are the ways to you use to remain focused and attain goals? Share it in the comments.

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  1. Shalu Sharma

    May 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Successful people stay focused and its all in their mindset. They programme themselves to stay focused and are free from distractions. Unlike me who is opening Facebook every now and then to check what’s going on in the virtual world which is perhaps of no or little importance. This behaviour is not a trait of successful people. I like the way you have mentioned things you need to do to stay focused. I will try some of them. Thank you.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Shalu,

      That’s right! Successful people have a different way of working and that’s what makes them stand apart from all of us. Even with the distractions around, they know how to manage their way and time and stay focused on doing things that are important.

      Lol…I agree! That’s something we all need to lessen on if we want to achieve our goals too. They might use social media, but they do so smartly and only to the point where it’s required. Lots to learn from them, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and good if you can try some of these ways 🙂

  2. Babanature

    May 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Hello Harleena,
    Before one can gain success, he/she must focus to achieve such goal.
    The only thing i am not good at is time management because i am just so focused not thinking about time. And i must say that that is bad 🙂

    Your tips are highly recommendable and do take care of many people who don’t focus but want success.
    Thanks for the lovely article and do have a nice week ahead…

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Babanature,

      I agree with you there and success comes only when you stay focused on achieving your goals, isn’t it? 🙂

      Ah…I guess you should use a timer for a few days as it’s supposed to remind you to do tasks in a timely manner, and once that becomes a habit with you, you can let go of it. My eyes are forever on my laptop’s little clock and that at times is bad as I become too focused and tend to forget other things.

      Glad you liked these tips and I hope they help people who are easily distracted and want to find ways to stay focused and achieve their goals.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  3. Swadhin Agrawal

    May 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hello madam,

    Hope you are doing great. Great post madam so full of true hacks to a focused life. I am going to add a notice board to my wall next to my table. It will contain my to-do lists and inspiration and my goals. Hope it helps. Saved this post to bookmarks because I know I need such a boost every now and then. Again I would like to thank you on behalf of all those who read this post i am sure it will change everyone and help them focus if they aren’t doing it just like me.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Swadhin,

      Absolutely! Glad you liked the post, and I like your idea of adding a notice board because such vision boards inspire and motivate us to keep moving in the right direction. More so, when we pen our thoughts and all the goals we plan to achieve on that board, they are always in front of our eyes as reminders to keep working to achieve them. Keep marking what you accomplish one by one, and take small steps at a time – success won’t be far after that.:)

      Thanks for stopping by and bookmarking this page, and I am sure it would help you in more ways than one. 🙂

  4. Corina Ramos

    May 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This is a wonderful post Harleena.

    Distractions is the main thing that disrupts my focus during the day. And it’s not so much my friends but my family.

    Living a house down from my parents has it’s benefits and its downside.

    I think because my parents don’t understand what it is I do that makes it so easy for them to call and ask me to do something for them. And I don’t mind helping my parents but a very small part of me does resent it because I think there is a lack of respect there.

    This is my mom: “I don’t want to bother you because I know you’re sitting in front of the computer.” That’s what she thinks I do all day and then she makes mention that my sister is busy at work…or is it just me?

    Believe me, I’ve explained what I do and even shared some of my achievements but it hasn’t sunk in yet. And the reason why I think it’s so is because I’m not making a salary and going to an office.

    Thanks for sharing these tips. The one thing I need to do is take more breaks. I tend to work about three/four hours then take a break for a bite to eat.

    I do have the TV on but I have it on mute and only occasionally do I look up to see what’s on. I have music playing but that helps keep me going.

    I’ve learned to accept that there will always be a distraction in my life. While I don’t make time for it, I’ve learned to live with it and work around them and not get my feathers ruffled. Instead I just go with it and before I know it I’m back at work. In other words, I’m letting it go. :).

    I am a multi-tasker and while it does help I have made a mistake or two so I’m learning to work on one task at a time.

    I love the online relationships I’ve made. With folks like you,Donna, Brenda, Lisa, Adrienne, Sylviane and others I can’t help but be motivated by you all.

    Positive affirmations are a part of my day. When I don’t start the day with a prayer I notice my day doesn’t go as smooth. When I realize it, I stop, pray and continue with my day.

    I have been taking care of myself more and even though it’s hard I realize how much I’m needed around here and getting sick is the last thing I need.

    Thanks for sharing this great post Harleena. As you can see I related to it big time :).

    Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Hi Corina,

      Yes indeed, distractions are the major reason we tend to lose focus and they can be of many kinds, just as you mentioned. But you aren’t the only one to feel the way you do – we all sail in the same boat 🙂

      I can well relate to that, and I think staying with parents or even in-laws has it’s plus and minus points. You are taken for granted most of the time or you aren’t valued as much if you are working from home, IF you aren’t making enough money. Even if you are earning, folks at home tend to find it hard to believe. Yes, anyone going out of the house to earn is respected more and I think that is in most of the cases I see – even at our end.

      It’s honestly tough to explain to people what our work is like, what is a blog and how you earn money online etc. No matter how hard you try, it goes past them and that’s because they have NO idea about the online world. Perhaps making your family sit one full day and seeing how you function (from the start of the day to the end) would make them realize. Explaining to them doesn’t work because they cannot imagine what all we bloggers have to do online…life’s certainly not easy.

      You are a lot like me where taking breaks is concerned, and though I read and write about taking a break every 1-2 hours, I prefer sitting at long stretches to write and that’s because of the limited time I get away from chores I need to manage at home and other writing projects. I might get up for a few minutes but am right back till I end my work at hand. But it is certainly better to take short breaks every 1-2 hours to keep your focus on work.

      Lol…don’t tell me you also just ‘listen’ to the TV and not ‘see’ it – that’s ditto me. I mute it only sometimes when I am commenting or writing, but all of this is only in the evenings when it’s social media and light kind of work. I cannot work with music, my sister is the opposite though, she can’t work without it!

      Yes, that’s the best way to deal with distractions…accept them and learn to deal with them, or as you said work around them. I wonder how life would be if we moms were really left really alone to work – we would do wonders, wouldn’t we? I don’t blame you because all moms have to multi-task, and that includes me too, though we manage to do many things together without affecting our blogs and online work I think. Not good I know, but we have no options with just two hands to manage it all!

      You motivate and inspire all of us too and that’s the power of having friend’s online – they keep us going. Prayers always help, though I am guilty at times when things become overwhelming for me – I guess God is so forgiving too 🙂

      Oh dear…your state is so-so similar, Corina…one can’t think of falling sick because everything is so dependent on us – I agree with you entirely. I think even if we do, like have fever, cough, cold etc…we just pop a pill and carry on – no one even knows we are unwell. I related to ALL that you said too – the powerful connections moms have 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a heartfelt comment, one of your longest one at the blog. Have a nice day as well 🙂

  5. Swadhin Agrawal

    May 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Yes sure madam, hope it helps. Its always inspiring and great to visit Aha-Now . There is always something to learn and it is from this blog that I discovered some more great blogs. You have a great community 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much for saying that Swadhin. Glad you could connect with more blogs and other bloggers. Yes, my blog community IS wonderful, and it’s nice that you too are part of it now 🙂

  6. Jennifer Kennedy

    May 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Wow! Such an outstanding list, Harleena!!

    This came just in time as my focus ebbs and flows constantly. But, I’m sure it does for many people as you touched on in this post! Being and staying productive has been a huge battle for me over the past year.

    I love the tips you’ve provided and wanted to share a few ideas that have worked for me:

    1-The Pomodoro technique where I set a timer for 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break. Then I repeat.
    2 – Preparing to work. I can’t just sit down at my laptop and figure out what I need to do. The night before, I need to set my priorities for the next day.
    3 – Baby steps. If I at least complete 3 small goals a day, I’ve eventually been able to finish my projects!

    Thanks for this helpful post, Harleena! I think I’ll come back to it as I need more inspiration! Hope you’re doing well!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Glad you liked this list on how to stay focused and good that it came at the right time for you 🙂

      Oh yes…it certainly does and I think we all need to find ways to get it right back! I think when we learn the right ways of staying focused while working, we are able to achieve our goals with ease. Just as you mentioned about the Pomodoro technique, which many people use, it’s certainly what’s worked for you.

      Speaking of myself, just as I was telling Corina above, I prefer sitting at longer stretches to work and then take a half hour break and that works alright for me, though working for shorter periods is good if you can manage it all.

      Absolutely! Planning what you want to do the next day is the key to a great start the next morning, when you do nothing else except sitting to work. Most often people spend time planning what they want to do and waste those early morning precious hours, which I think are the most productive ones.

      Breaking the larger goals into smaller ones helps to accomplish them with ease and you don’t feel stressed out doing them too. I hope you give yourself a pat on the back once you achieve all your goals 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this post keeps inspiring you to achieve further success. Have a nice day as well 🙂

  7. shiwangi shrivastava

    May 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Harleena mam,

    Awesome piece again.You cover all minute layers of the subject perfectly. The reason why you are at peak.

    I should always come to your blog and learn to write well and elaborately.

    Thanks for the motivational post.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Shiwangi,

      Thank you for saying that, and yes, I try to cover all the aspects keeping in mind that my posts are for the people and to help them from all angles. Ah…not the peak at all, but I keep striving to get better and improving myself. That’s the way we all learn, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, and keep coming – always good to have you over 🙂

  8. Balroop Singh

    May 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Excellent tips and detailed ones!! I agree completely with you…Focus is the word! With all the modern distractions, which consume most of the time of the younger generation, it is high time we understand time management and be aware how much of time is devoured by these devices around us!

    Success doesn’t just fall into our lap, we have to work hard and as you have rightly pointed out, we need to spell out our priorities. I have written a small ebook on success but have not published it so far. This post is inspiring me to focus on that book now. And the idea just hit me now…can you spare some time for writing an introductory message for this book? I would wait for your answer.

    Thanks for sharing such an exhaustive list of how to achieve your goals. it will be very helpful for the aspiring youngsters, who always need guidance. Have a nice day!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Balroop,

      Glad you liked these tips on staying focused 🙂

      Yes indeed, distractions are in plenty, and all around us too. It’s tough to keep away from them, especially for youngsters. They have a whole wide world open in front of them and I don’t blame them for going haywire so often. They certainly need to learn the art of time management, which perhaps comes with time once they get a little serious about their careers, though not in all the cases.

      Absolutely! You need to work to achieve your goals by staying focused to become successful – it’s certainly not easy and that’s how all the successful lots have made it where they are. Wow! That’s wonderful indeed, and I would be happy to write the introductory message. That would be another feather in your cap! Just email me the details and we can chalk out a time for it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and yes, I hope the post helps all those who need guidance in this area. Have a nice day as well 🙂

  9. Mi Muba

    May 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Wonderful post with objective analysis of the situation why people stay away from being focused.

    It reflects your experience of staying focused and the tips and methods you adopted for having this trait which is not so easy to retain.

    I think staying focused while doing any freelance work is really heck of the task. Here one has to simply finish the tasks within deadlines without any compromise on quality. Distractions do try to take him away from meeting deadline but as a freelancer staying focused and equally maintaining the quality is a titanic task.

    No one is there to admonish you, no one is there to give you small deadlines for each chore and you just have to finish the work by your own. Yes working in a team is always an advantageous situation. You can compare yourself with others, you can compete with others to excel and you can be inspired by others to do more, do great and remain focused to your original work.

    There is another debate in corporate world. Who can stay focused more; a great leader or a great follower. Admitted that a great follower ultimately becomes a great leader by learning from the one who led him earlier. But here situational analysis is more important. Which position is better to be in focus. As follower or as a leader???

    A leader has to not only stay focused himself but also to keep vigil on others way of moving ahead. On the other hand a follower simply has to take efforts at a micro level and do not have to face much challenges while sticking to his schedule of doing things.

    This is your art of writing Harleena – you ignite a heated debate by writing on a topic of any kind.

    Once again thanks for recalling all which I have read earlier on this topic and also increasing my knowledge with your awesome and unique points about the subject. Thanks a lot.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Mi Muba,

      Glad you liked the post.:)

      Certainly, it is not easy to remain focused and make that as your steady everyday habit. Especially, as you rightly point out, while doing any freelance work. It becomes more difficult when you’re incharge and responsible for everything, with multiple tasks in hand, and no or few people to delegate the job to – that’s quite a tedious job, which has high probability to overwhelm you and throw you out of focus. I totally agree with your views there.

      Remember that Yahoo changed its work-from-home policy and made it mandatory for all employees to work from its office – it had a lot to do with the work efficiency and production output that suffered because of lack of focus and distractions when you’re out of office. Not that there aren’t any distracting factors in the offices, but you’ve a work environment there and as you mentioned, you’ve the advantage of teamwork that doesn’t let you bore and slack in your work.

      I believe that a follower will have more focus for that person will be less multitasking than the leader. A leader will have more responsibilities, more challenges, and needs a stricter regimen or routine and very strong positive habits. And that’s why not everybody can become a leader – it’s not easy being a leader, and the successful leaders are more focused than the followers because they religiously follow all the rules and ways of staying focused, being efficient, and more productive.

      I’m glad this post could spur a topic of discussion in your mind, and that is surely a good thing.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views on this subject. Have a nice week ahead! 🙂

  10. Shivkumar

    May 7, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Hi,

    An indeed awesome article again. While reading this post I was doing multi-tasking but as I went on reading the 15 points I have to force my self to completely switch over to this page and setting aside all other works.

    Focusing on one thing not only complete the task on time but it also complete the task perfectly without making any errors.
    Your 15 points has boosted my confidence to try once again to focus on my goal. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Shivkumar,

      Glad you liked the post. Lol…I like that and good to know that you stopped your multi-tasking to read it completely and with full concentration 🙂

      Yes indeed, when you stay focused on just one task at a time, you are able to achieve your goals faster as compared to if you try to juggle between doing many things together, which slows down your process of completing them.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am glad this post could boost your morale – keep going 🙂

  11. Kumar Gauraw

    May 7, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Hi Harleena,

    The toughest of all is to NOT DO MULTULITAAKING 🙂

    I tell you, I am multitasking at the moment. Sitting with my son playing with other kids of his school and here I am reading and responding to your post.

    You know, it takes a toll on our overall ability to focus. And I fight it many many times. But then there are times when I better make my time a bit productive and so this is one of those moments 🙂

    A great post as usual with a lot of great pointers. You have done a phenomenal job with this post!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Regards,
    Kumar

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Kumar,

      I agree with you totally on that one because I am guilty of multi-tasking too 🙂

      Ah…guess you have to do that some times and play your role as a father by looking after your kids! I can well relate to what you said because I have to sit with my kids and talk to them too, but my work carries on – though not commenting as I need undivided attention to read and write those down, but I usually take up the social media kind of work then. I know it’s bad and ideally we should pay full attention to our kids when we are with them, but with the limited number of hours in hand, it becomes tough to manage it all at times.

      Don’t worry! We parents have to make do with the time we get and use it to the best of our abilities. That’s why my work time, when I sit to write with full focus is when my kids are at school.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  12. Kathy

    May 7, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Hi Harleena!

    This post was very timely because I was just about to start another project and I got the notice by email that this post came up and I allowed myself to be distracted and here I AM! 🙂 As you say it is so important to turn off the distractions and stay focused. Thank you as always for your great information and all the important reminders. Now! Back to work for me…..

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      Lol…that’s a good one! Sorry to distract you from your work, but it’s good in a way that your focus shifted a little and you landed up reading this one 🙂

      Yes, nothing works better than turning off ALL distractions and sitting to work. That’s the ONLY way you can stay fully focused on your work, though I know of a lot of people who prefer music and don’t mind the noise around them when they work – wonder how they do it!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  13. Shamsudeen

    May 7, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This topic really have something to do with me, honestly. Am not joking here or trying to pose something.

    I have found myself over the years struggling with being maintain focus, it’s not just easy to achieve this. Sometime I manage to, but for most of the time – is just not.

    These social media sites despite their usefulness for marketing, they’ve also come with some negativity to human life. If one does not really manage is time effectively and remain focus, well discipline and strict on his policy, these social sites can pose a very big treat to success – especially Facebook.

    Though, am beginning to find my way off it and spend most of my time on what really matters and that have direct positive effect on my internet business.

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful post that comes at a time of need.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Shamsudeen – good to have you back 🙂

      Glad you could relate so well to the post. I agree with you there – focusing is a problem with many people, especially youngsters with the number of distractions all around nowadays with new ones coming up every now and then.

      Social media, as you mentioned, is the biggest factor and yes, Facebook inclusive. However, just as I wrote in the post, when we know the problem, we also know the solution to that problem. Disciplining yourself or timing yourself to using such social networks within a set time period is what works best. Once your work is done, just move away, and I mean close the Facebook tab down. If you leave it open, you are tempted to check it in-between or check it when you keep getting notifications and that shifts your focus from work, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, and it’s good you are managing to find your way about it all. 🙂

  14. lisa thomson

    May 7, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Wow, I love these tips, Harleena.

    You have inspired me to re-set my writing goals. I’ll see if I can attain them daily. Social media is a distraction for me because I enjoy it so much. Sometimes I go to bed early with my laptop (an old fixed up model) and stay off internet and just write. I’ll spend 20 minutes writing anything that pops into my head. I guess it’s more a creative exercise than goal oriented. I wanted to mention too, that writing sites like ‘SheWrites’ is awesome for inspiration. Of course reading blogs all day won’t get me closer to my ultimate goal…LOL. Thank you for this great post.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Nice to know that you liked these tips on how to stay focused 🙂

      Is that so? So, hope you planned on your new writing goals now! I am sure you would once you start writing daily, as they say if you continue writing daily for 21 days (start with a little at a time), it becomes a habit. It’s similar to those online challenges, which are another way to make you practice to do the same. However, the challenge should always be with yourself and no one else, isn’t it?

      I can understand about the social media, and that’s a problem with many of us. But if you start timing yourself on the minutes you’d spend on the social networks, or perhaps reward yourself an hour of Facebook or Twitter after 2 hours of writing, it would help you manage your time better I think.

      It’s good when you get into the writing mood as your creative juices flow the best during that time. But if you want to remain consistent, then perhaps you need to tame or train yourself to fall into the habit of writing daily or whenever your post or writing is scheduled.

      Yes, such sites are also great and they do inspire as you mentioned, though I’ve read only a few posts there so far – hardly get the time away for reading anything much nowadays. I agree with you there again, if you just keep reading and commenting on blogs all day long, then when do you write. So, again you need to set different time period for when to read, comment, and write or be on social media.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  15. Franco Wan

    May 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I am happy to come here and read your article, and i must say it is still a wonderful post. There is always something to learn from your article. I will share it to more friends, and hope it is helpful.

    Best
    Franco

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Welcome to my blog Franco!

      Glad you liked the post and yes, I try my best to provide value to my readers by writing posts they would benefit from.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing it ahead too 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you could use a Gravatar as I see you have a nice picture at your blog, so that we can see who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  16. Johan Bengtsson

    May 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    One of the hardest thing when trying to stay focused and working from home is all the distraction from your family and from the internet. When online people think you will always have time to talk with them. Turning of facebook/Wechat and other communication programs is so important in order to be able to actually get some work done.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Johan – nice to have you back after long 🙂

      Absolutely! I was just mentioning in one of my comments earlier that life would be so blissful if we had no distractions, whether from family, friends, or the Internet. There would be so much we could achieve had there been no social media.

      Though I don’t deny it’s importance, but the distractions are always more for people and they just land up wasting so much of their time on places like Facebook and Twitter etc.

      Nothing works better than switching off such chats and distractions while you work, that’s the only way to stay focused.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  17. Troy S.

    May 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Funny how multi-tasking used to be all the rage. You MUST be able to multi-task well they would say. But now…not so much. I could have told you that when I was 6 years old. It was darn hard to watch my favorite television show and eat my supper at the same time and give any real attention to either.
    And yes, organization, and writing lists of things to do, are huge for me.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Troy,

      Is that so? I always thought people dissuaded us from multi-tasking, though I still have to do it at home with just two hands to manage it all 🙂

      I agree with you, though there are many tasks you can still do together while others you just can’t. Ask moms!! Without making a list or planning your day or week, I don’t think you can really remain focused on what you want to achieve or what your goal is.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • Troy S.

        May 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Yes, when I left the military in ’98 all the experts said to make sure you say on the resume you are a good multitasker as that is what PR folk were looking for in a job candidate. Now as I change careers all the experts are saying you need to be able to focus.

        • Terence

          November 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

          Troy, you will agree that multi-tasking is just doing many things one after another, because the human brain is capable of processing only one task at a time. Maybe the new expression for multi-tasking should become ‘attention deficiency’!LOL!

  18. Miracle Ayodele

    May 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hello Harleena, you are right. To Stay focus really demands determination. I have been trying to help myself with the help of God to not let my emotions decide what i want.

    There are so many distractions here and there but your 15 tips to stay focus will really help and overcome. Although sometimes, one will be depressed of somethings but strong is the man or woman that does not allow it to overcome him or her.

    Thanks for the insight. Do have a nice day.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Miracle – good to have you back 🙂

      Yes indeed, you need will power and strong determination to stay focused in doing your work. It’s not always possible to write or work without emotions…a little we all need as at times they are our driving force, but we shouldn’t let them stop us from moving ahead.

      I agree distractions are in plenty, but we need to find ways to work around them, just as these ways mention. The strong willed will always find ways, no matter what situation they are in – I guess those lines work for them – where there is a will, there is a way 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day as well 🙂

  19. Priyansh

    May 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Simply can say that one of the best top 15 way to focused i have ever read. Winners only do one extra thing that losers never do that is focus. Thumbs up to you awesome article

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Welcome to my blog Priyansh!

      Well, thank you for saying that – you made my day a lot brighter I would say! Yes indeed, focus is what it’s all about and if you can manage to do that by whatever way you adopt, you are surely going to achieve success sooner or later.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  20. SmithLopez

    May 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Wonderful article indeed!!!
    All the 15 way that you have mentioned above to achieve goal is very helpful and useful for us and I am sure all these ways will help a lot of peoples.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Welcome to my blog Smith!

      Glad you liked these tips to stay focused and yes, they are written with an aim to help people find their focus and achieve their goals.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you could use a Gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  21. Addison Grey

    May 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Wow!!! Amazing post indeed 🙂

    Yes it is too important for us to stay focused with our goal. Many time we suffered from lot of troubles and problems that time we Can stray from our goal and even we can give up . But we need to Focused on the goal and trying to achieve that. All the ways that you have provided above are very useful and helpful for us. I am sure about this it will help a lot of peoples to stay focused with their goal and also help to attain it.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep posting.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Addison,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it 🙂

      Yes, many people get distracted and tend to stray from their goals and that results in them giving up on their dreams or all that they wanted to achieve.

      Focus is the key, and you can overcome all kinds of distractions with determination and strong will-power, something that the successful lots do, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words of appreciation. Hope this post helps those who need it the most. 🙂

  22. Lynne Hunter

    May 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Harleena-Great article, lots to think on and digest.

    I’m lucky to have a great mentor who has taught me such a simple way to focus, by keeping a calendar with notes on what I need to study and work on. It sends a message to your inbox every day. No way you can forget or go off course!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Welcome to my blog Lynne!

      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      Nice to know about your mentor and all that he taught you. I think that’s a great way to stay focused too. If you get such reminders in your inbox, you would never forget completing the work in hand. Good idea indeed.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  23. Khalid

    May 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi,

    Thank you for this great article.

    I wanted to share a trick I used to do to quickly get into my work context and accelerate my concentration. It is very simple, I created a ritual-like start for my day: I always start my day by reading yesterday’s notes and then write down a short to-do-list.

    After doing that I just find myself working with a fair amount of focus. At the of my day (the engine shut-down is also important if I want to meet my family in a good mood 😉 ) I write down notes for the next day.
    I hope this helps!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Welcome to my blog Khalid!

      That sounds like a nice little trick to start a day in a great way! Yes, if you have your work planned out the day before, you can easily start work the next day by simply going through your to-do list. It ensures you don’t waste time making a list the next day.

      Yes indeed, when your work is done in a timely manner, you are in a good mood and feel lighter too for having achieved your goal for the day 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your tip with is – surely helpful 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you could use a Gravatar so that we can see who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion

  24. Nanda Rahmanius

    May 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Motivating article!
    This is the article that I need right now.

    For me, if I’m experiencing boredom in the process of achieving the goal, I think this is a good thing. Because, if I’m still able to work well even in boredom, then at the end of the road is a success 🙂

    If I had not been distracted in the process of achieving the goal, how can I be a successful person, right? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this useful article with us, Harleena.
    Nice share!

    Nanda

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Nanda,

      Good to know that, and I’m glad it came at the right time for you too 🙂

      I agree with you, and whether it’s boredom or distraction, we need to find ways to work through them or overcome them from the ways mentioned above if we want to achieve our goals, isn’t it?

      When you overcome distractions, you learn to let them not hinder your working I would say. Perhaps that’s what the successful lots do, work their way around them, ignore them and not let them affect you.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  25. Charma Hagans

    May 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You also have to teach yourself to NOT let others discourage you and tell you “you can’t do it”. Letting people coerce you or sway your mind-set to letting go of a particular goal in mind. My husband is good at that, but from this point forward, I’m not allowing him to do that to me anymore.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Welcome to my blog Charma!

      Yes, that’s true. Don’t let others hold you back from moving ahead. That certainly stops you from achieving your goals. Sorry to hear about your husband, and I agree certain people tend to demotivate or pull you down, but it’s good that you’re determined to not let him affect you. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  26. Debbie

    May 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Love this quote “The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” ~ Stephen Richards

    This is so true Harleena. that is what people need to realize that to be successful you have to fail on the way up. Like taking two steps forward and then one step backward.

    All good things take time and when we do have a plan, work the plan and stay focused we can get there.

    I do understand Corina’s problem when it comes to her parents. My girls can be that way. They will call or want to get together or even have me baby sit one or two of the grand kids.

    I have learned to set my rules when it comes to the baby sitting and for the phone calls I don’t answer the phone. Then they will call my cell phone and they have learned that i don’t hear that ring. LOL

    She is right people don’t think you are really doing anything unless you go to the office.

    For me I just let that attitude go over my head and pay NO any attention to it.

    Thanks for the post because we all need reminded on staying focused now and then.
    Debbie 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      I loved that quote too 🙂

      Absolutely! I think every successful person has gone through failure, the trials and errors before they have reached where they are now. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and these people have worked their way through the failure and learnt from them to achieve success – it certainly takes time as it’s a process, a journey.

      Lol…good to know you are so focused when you work, Debbie! I am sure your kids must be wondering what’s wrong with Mom, but on the other hand respecting you for the rules you’ve laid out, and that’s actually the way to work through it all and time your work, especially when you have to work from home where there’s no end to distractions!

      I agree with you and Corina there and I think many people share the same feelings. It’s tough to make people understand that work from home is ALSO a full time job! Ignoring such people is the key because sooner or later I’m sure they’d realize that it’s equivalent to going to an office, in fact better as you are your own boss at home.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  27. Ravi Chahar

    May 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Again a post which can help many people.

    There are many situations in which we get distracted from our work. It’s really important to stick to our goal when it comes to achieve success.
    To become a successful person everyone needs to focus at their work. Setting the goal is the better way to boost up the power of concentration.

    There are many people who want to achieve success in their early phase but it’s not possible due to which they get demoralized. They shouldn’t loose the hope.

    Thanks for the post. Have a great weekend.

    ~Ravi

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Ravi,

      I hope so too because it was written keeping them in mind 🙂

      Yes indeed, just as I’ve mentioned above in the comments, we need to find ways to adapt to the distractions around us, especially the ones we cannot control. While others like the social media, we need to limit the time we spend on them and learn to switch off while we work helps to remain focused and achieve our goals in time.

      I agree with you there – when people or newbies don’t achieve success, they get demoralized and tend to give up too soon. But this happens because they lack focus and patience to reach their goals, which takes time. There are so many examples of successful people who have gone through failures before achieving success, so – keep the faith, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week ahead as well 🙂

  28. Belinda Y. Hughes

    May 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Happy Wednesday, Harleena. Lovely post on focus, something we could all sharpen our skills at. Keep up the helpful work!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Welcome to my blog Belinda!

      Happy Wednesday to you as well 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, and yes, focusing is what helps us sharpen our skills to attain our goals.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you could use a Gravatar so that we can see who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  29. Nithin Upendran

    May 8, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Mam you had made the correct point, no one ever could reach the target if he / she is not focusing on his work. First of all i want to congratulate you for writing such a long and neat article. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 8, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Hi Nithin,

      Absolutely! Without focus and concentration on your work no one can achieve their goals. It’s only when you stop procrastination and learn to work around distractions will you manage to become successful.

      Thanks for stopping by, and your kind words of appreciation 🙂

  30. Sylviane Nuccio

    May 8, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Excellent tips to keep up with our goals.

    Yes, we all need some distraction from our hard work, but when it’s scheduled, as you mentioned, it allows us to remain focus even while we’re taking a needed break and we don’t feel bad taking it either. It’s like taking vacation from work. We need to plan it.

    Yes, failure is a path to success, and we shouldn’t be afraid to fail. It how we take failure that really matters the most. If we pick ourselves up and keep going, then we will be OK.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Sylviane,

      Glad you liked these tips to helps us stay focused 🙂

      Absolutely! Planning our work time and break time is essential so that we remain focused when we have to work and enjoy our break time when we need it the most.

      I agree with you there and I think failures teach us a lot of things and those lessons we can never forget.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  31. Cole Wiebe

    May 8, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Your point on multi-tasking is one that can’t be overstated.

    Almost every day I encounter someone that is going almost out of their mind, trying to multi-task their way to greater productivity. They like to believe that their brain is actually working on several projects simultaneously, when in fact it hops from one to the next. They’re distracted at least 90% of the time, from the task at hand, and the time it takes them to transition from one project to the next reduces their efficiency by at least 50%.

    I had a very old school employer, some years ago, that set me straight. We would prioritize our day, then knock off one item after the other, focusing a 100% of our energy on only one thing at a time. It was amazing how much we could accomplish in a day.

    I’ve had employees, fresh out of prominent creative schools, where multi-tasking was taught as a religion, and worked them under the table with my archaic methods. 🙂

    – Cole

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Cole – good to have you back 🙂

      Ah…and I am also guilty of that myself, though I limit to the work I multi-task, which is not related to the time I sit to write, where there is undivided attention. But yes, when I am working at home, chores, or on social media, I would be doing 2-3 things at the same time, trying to catch up with a lot of things. Can’t blame a working Mom, can you? 😉

      That’s true, and you are actually only doing one thing at a time, but because your mind hops so often from one to the other, it loses its pace and takes double the time to get back to the earlier task when you make such frequent switches. That’s why the efficiency is so low when you multi-task. Nevertheless, I still do it a little but in a different way – like I might be ‘hearing’ the TV along with thanking people on Twitter or Facebook or updating my social media status, and keep looking up to see whenever the page refreshes…lol…that’s about all. And there’s only a short period I do all of this for, otherwise it’s complete focus.

      You surely did it the right way, and I guess that habit is there even now. Multi-tasking taught as a religion! Would be interesting to visit such a school for once! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and adding value to the post 🙂

  32. Angela McCall

    May 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is sometimes my biggest problem. Unable to focus. It’s true. The few minutes of spending time on Facebook, many times, turns to be for hours! And so I’m backing down on social media. It’s like for me a daily transformation, u need to refocus time and time again.

    I couldn’t agree more with you. Multi-tasking is not really a good thing. When I find myself doing this I feel like a chicken with my head cut off, not knowing where to begin and when to stop. It’s like a vicious cycle. Predominantly speaking, time is gold and shouldn’t be wasted.

    I’m struggling in establishing a daily routine. Even the meditation I need to do every morning I can’t seem to focus and I’m always doing something else. I feel so bad about myself. I’m praying to God, Lord I really need to stay focus!

    Anyway, I admire your determination. You are one solid business entrepreneur and thank you for remiundng me on this post. Have a loveky week!

    Angela

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Angela,

      You are surely not alone as you can see from the various comments here that it’s a problem of many people, so don’t worry 🙂

      Ah…Facebook does take a lot of time, especially once you are there, unless you really time yourself and close the tab! If you leave it open and continue working, you’d be tempted with the notifications or just seeing the tab open would make you go there and see your stream. Or then it’s your never ending G+ and Twitter streams, isn’t it? So, just keep those tabs off when you write..that’s just the way I work.

      I am with you there – time IS gold and so very precious, and if we don’t value it or waste it in activities that are of no use, we will only regret it later.

      Perhaps you have a lot to handle presently so the focus isn’t there, and once you take charge or complete those things, it will all come back. Our subconscious mind also has a major role to play in all of this. Ah…thank you for saying that, but this has come now only with time and strong determination and commitment I make to myself to get down and just DO IT, and that boosts me to keep going 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice weekend too 🙂

  33. Philip Verghese Ariel

    May 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Yet another collectable or worth keeping post.

    All kinds of disturbances from all sides, Oh My….Very difficult to focus on! But these solutions/points/tips will surely work 🙂 I am saving it for my further use, I mean the daily use LOL

    You said it! you covered it! Everything we need to concentrate or focus on to achieve the Goal! Let me put it this way: “A well balanced diet for all those who want to achieve their goal in life. Taking these doses daily will surely enhance a healthy and successful life 🙂

    Of course some of the points mentioned here I am following  but sad to say the major ones I am missing in my life. I am sure I need to focus on these points to have a focused life. 🙂

    Harleena, Thank you so much for giving us this vital vitamins we need to focus on 🙂 Great and wonderful lessons here! I am going to share it in my social sites as well as in my blog pages.

    Have a wonderful, great and focused life ahead.
    Good day 🙂
    ~ Philip

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Philip,

      Thanks for saying that – yes, we are surrounded by lots of disturbances and those will always remain, isn’t it? 🙂

      But we need to find ways and means to overcome those disturbances and stop ourselves from procrastination and stay focused if we want to achieve our goals, or it becomes tough to reach success.

      We all cannot possibly cover all these points mentioned, but we can try and always make a start to focus on the ones we are missing in our life, and just that little step is enough for starters I feel.

      Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you liked this post. Appreciate you sharing it too. Have a nice weekend 🙂

      • Philip Varghese Ariel

        May 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Hi Harleena,
        I fully agree, yes, those disturbances will be always there and we need to adjust accordingly and focus on our goal 🙂
        Yes, though its a difficult task we can achieve to some extent.
        Thanks Harleena for the response to my feedback.
        May you have a blessed weekend 🙂

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          Harleena Singh

          May 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          That’s right – adjust to those disturbances if you can’t avoid them by focusing on what matters most, that is the key I would say 🙂

          I know it’s tough because most of us live in families and you cannot ignore them and work – they remain part and parcel and we need to find ways to adapt to people or things and get our work done.

          Thanks once again, and enjoy your weekend too 🙂

  34. Gaurav Arora

    May 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I want to add my personal experience here. To be honest it is the most difficult task to stay focused at your goal. I am not from a rich family but my focus made me rich. I got my inspiration from Mahabharata and Ramayana. I made a strict time-table and followed it in every situation. Specially if someone wants to become a successful blogger, he must need a flexible yet effective time-table. So do plan your daily task and set your goal and targets week by week. All the best for future !

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Welcome to my blog Gaurav!

      I agree with you there, though if you learn the right ways and techniques, nothing is impossible I would say 🙂

      Nice to hear about how you got inspired and yes, those epics have a lot of hidden lessons, if only we would learn from them. Following a plan or time table, as you mentioned, is vital for anyone, especially professional bloggers who are consistent in their work because of the lot they have to cover. If you don’t plan your goals well ahead of time, I don’t think you can ever achieve success.

      Many people plan their full year ahead, especially during new year’s when they make resolutions and some even carry it off right through. I guess if you have a positive mindset, anything is achievable – provided you put in your best, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  35. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    May 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Lol, I did a much better job of staying focused before I had children. Now, with three teenagers going in three different directions I have to be able to split my attention. Yikes!

    Being able to focus is really a luxury. If you have the opportunity to focus only on one thing, you should grab that opportunity with gusto. You’re right about ridding yourself of the distractions, but some people can’t turn everything off because they are “on call.”

    I remember Jens wrote about software that would help him write without distractions and that would help him focus better.

    I really don’t have an issue with focus. When I have the luxury of time to be able to focus on writing my articles, I get “into the zone” and don’t want to think of anything else. But another luxury I enjoy is being able to write about a topic that’s a passion of mine: personal technology.

    When I’m doing something boring, like folding laundry, that doesn’t require much brain power, I will put on a TV show or audiobook so I don’t have to focus on the task at hand!

    I really liked that quote “The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” ~ Stephen Richards. So true, Harleena!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Carolyn,

      Oh yes…I agree with you completely there, and so would every Mom 🙂

      I wonder how you manage all three of them when I have a tough time with my two! Not to mention the time you get away to put up posts so often on your blog as well – you ARE an amazing Mom for sure and I think had you not been so focused and managing your time, all of this wouldn’t have been possible.

      Lol….a real luxury, at least for Moms who really have to juggle between work and home, no matter what the situation is like for them. Yes, they are on call, but I think when you have to work, or write for example, you need to switch-off or keep things on a hold for a while, or make arrangements so that the important calls can come through, or else you’d be distracted all the time.

      Yes, I think I read that post too, and there are many such software around, though I’ve never used any or prefer to time myself and work when I plan to, without distractions. It’s actually tuning your mind and making it a habit, without depending on anything or anyone.

      We all know of your passion for technology and your posts are always so easy to understand because you cater to the layman or people like us. Oh yes…I do the same, though I hear TV more than see it when I am on the social networks, and try to multi-task a little then. I love that quote too and so many others, wish I could add more here but I worry about the word could 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. 🙂

      • Carolyn Nicander Mohr

        May 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

        Hi Harleena,

        Thank you for your kind words. You make a lot of good points about focus both in your article and in your comments. I just wanted to mention that WordPress has a Distraction Free mode for drafting posts. I tried it but I didn’t like it. I actually like having Zemanta in the sidebar so I can check for late-breaking news on the tech I’m writing about. But that is still focus, I guess, because I won’t check out an article on Zemanta unless it relates to the topic I’m writing about.

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          Harleena Singh

          May 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

          You are most welcome, Carolyn – and they are certainly true ones 🙂

          Yes, I tried the Distraction free mode too and didn’t like it either. I think the good old MS Word is what works best for me or perhaps I’m so used to it now. Some people use a notepad to write and then paste it onto Word to make their edits – depends on their preference I guess. I agree about Zemanta, though never tried it, but sounds like a good idea.

          Thanks once again 🙂

  36. William Butler

    May 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    You have covered excellent points here. I think the second point is one of the most important. If you don’t know your purpose, what is there to focus on? Anything that comes to mind. As I’ve often advocated, “When you know your WHY, you know your WAY.”

    Kind Regards,
    Bill

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you saying that, though I know a lot more can be written about how to stay focused 🙂

      Yes indeed, without a purpose or aim, how can you focus on anything and this would stop you from achieving your goals – thus hindering your progress. I like those lines, just as if there’s a will, there is always a way.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  37. Vipin

    May 9, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is my first visit to your blog and I’m just amazed at what you have achieved in a short span of 3 years. As a full time Mom what you have built here truly speaks about your passion for this. The content is simple yet refreshing and you clearly speak from you heart!

    Regards
    Vipin

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Welcome to the blog Vipin!

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, though there’s always so much to learn and do, so I am a work-in-progress blogger and writer I would say 🙂

      But yes, the journey so far has been an enjoyable one and I’ve just been moving from one step to the next, slowly progressing, which is also due to my wonderful blog community, who are a major part of Aha!NOW, as you can see – to I have lots to be thankful for.

      It’s certainly not easy to be a Mom and manage the blog, but just like many others who are in a similar situation, when you are committed, determined, focused, and have the passion and will power – you can do it, isn’t it? That’s right – I do write from ALL my heart and my posts are written with the sole purpose of helping others in more ways than one.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  38. Adrienne

    May 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Oh my goodness Harleena, I’m glad I waited until today to read this one. I’ve been struggling the latter part of this week to stay focused.

    I know that yesterday I was just really tired. Not sure why but I have been staying up late and getting up early so by the time the end of the week gets here I’m about to pass out at my desk.

    Now I know that this post is about more then just being tired but staying focused on what we want to accomplish. I think lately that I’m a little overwhelmed now after having just finished B-School and there is SO much information that she shared with us that I feel like I’m never going to have it all in place so I can accomplish what I want this year. I think I’m having a mini-freak out session if you must know the truth.

    I think I need to use some of your suggestions here and get myself back on track. I can take some of this weekend and do just that but I’m definitely going to take some time away from the computer this weekend too. I’ve been wearing myself out.

    Thanks for sharing this great advice and these tips to help get us back on tract. They came at just the right time, you’re a mind reader.

    ~Adrienne

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      Harleena Singh

      May 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Nice to know that this post came at the right time for you, though you are one person I know who is SO focused and that’s why you are able to manage your time so well and get it all done. 🙂

      Ah…some days are like that when everything becomes to overwhelming – ask me! Late nights and early mornings affect our efficiency and productivity a great deal, and though we may not realize it that time, but it shows up in many ways sooner or later. Sometimes our attention is diverted due to family commitments, while at other times it’s the emails and social media distractions – the list is a never ending one I would say. But smart are those who are able to work their way through such distractions and achieve their goals, like you do!

      You are doing such a wonderful thing by sharing all about what you learn at B-school with us in bits and pieces and it certainly isn’t easy to do that, blog, comment, and do everything. So, sometimes if things take a back seat, it is alright – just a matter of time and you’d be back to square one 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice and relaxing weekend, you certainly need it more than ever now 🙂

  39. Ilka

    May 9, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Thank you Harleena for another wonderful post.

    All points hit the nail on the head. I think it is so important to make a habit out of writing. After a while it becomes as normal as having a cup of coffee in the morning.

    I personally struggle with saying no, especially since I work from home and it ‘looks’ like I am available all the time.

    Everyone is different but I like to work in 50-20-50 shifts, means 50 minutes focused work, 20 minutes break and another 50 minutes focused work. I even set my timer for this. It was recommended to me some time ago and works fantastic.

    I liked all of your quotes, but Greg Anderson’s ‘focus on the journey instead of the destination’ nailed it for me.

    Thanks Harleena and enjoy your day, Ilka

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Ilka,

      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      Lol…that’s very true! Anything you do for a while becomes a habit in time. I can relate to the writing bit because of the amount of writing I have to do all day long.

      I can SO well understand that part, and saying no is the toughest things for work from home moms especially. I guess we are taken for granted and give a feeling as if we aren’t really doing all that much, though we alone know all that we’ve to go through. But I guess when you have to work, you need to put your foot down and get it done or else your work suffers. After a while our families get used to it too or learn to manage their way about – mine does now and they are supportive most of the time 🙂

      Yes, we all have our own working schedule and there is no hard and fast rule for anyone – anything that suits your schedule and working is great to go. I don’t really time myself by the watch because I work most of the time and my breaks are usually after a stretch of 2 hours or so, when I might move around getting the chores done for the day, which take perhaps half and hour to an hour in different shifts. I prefer working long as I can manage it and get a lot more done than taking breaks more often, which breaks my flow, when I am writing mostly.

      Ah…I love quotes too, and that one says a lot, doesn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Have a nice day as well 🙂

  40. Lorraine Reguly

    May 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I completely agree with these tips, Harleena, and have started implementing some of them already! Of course, I already used most of them. 😉

    It’s tough to make time for everything, though, and I still don’t know how you do it all!

    I’m getting better at doing a little bit each day, though, and recognizing what’s important and what’s not. Big priorities take precedence, obviously. 🙂

    I also use affirmations, and just had a guest post accepted on a freelancing blog that mentions this. When it’s published, I’ll let you know the url of it so you can read it.

    BTW, it was a paid post! 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Lorraine,

      You must be – that’s why you are such a wonderful writer, and without staying focused, you can’t really achieve your goals- ask me! 🙂

      Don’t ask! It is getting tougher by the day, especially with the number of comments that keep coming, and I just cannot reply to them in one liners as some people do, but that’s because they work smart, unlike me. So, commenting and all the rest of the blog promotion takes ages. I might just have to change my strategy once I reach a saturation point.

      Absolutely! Setting your priorities is the key, and taking up what’s most important first is important to get things done on time before taking up the rest. Do that, shall look forward to it, and congrats on the paid one too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  41. Reginald

    May 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Harleena,

    Great write as usual. For me, planning is superbly important (as I said in my latest blog post too – The Art of Blogging for Beginners). Planning gives you a very clear layout on what you should do and of course, the right path to head to.

    Oh yes, if you want to stay focused, I practice NOT to accept “no” as an answer. Why? Believe in yourself and stay focused!

    Thanks for sharing and #TGIF!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Reginald,

      Absolutely! Without planning you cannot move ahead, and I know you are doing a wonderful job with all the plans you have well laid out for the Blogging University, which happens only when you are fully focused on your goals, isn’t it?

      I agree with you about not accepting no, though here I was referring to learning to say no to others when you are working, something that’s tough for most of us to do. Yes, believe in yourself and your abilities as that would take you to towards success for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week. Ah…my Friday and the weekend went by so quick, I didn’t even realize where it went! Lol…:)

  42. surajjagoori

    May 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Very informative article, i precisely read your guidelines and surly remind all. But i also want to share my views. Focus help us to capture the attention on our target.It helps to stay on work until the job is not done. And when i am distracted from my work i altercate against myself and becoming my owns devil’s advocate. This help me to concentrate on my study or any work.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Surajjagoori,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it 🙂

      I agree with you, staying focused helps us to achieve our goals more efficiently. Without having a target or goal you cannot really move ahead to achieve success. Distractions we cannot avoid, but we can avoid getting distracted by not visiting places like the social media and keeping all things that distract us as bay – the choice is always in our hands, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  43. Ryan Biddulph

    May 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Learn to shift your emotions to the side to get the job done. Well said Harleena! Meditate, be aware of your feelings, learn how to proceed despite feeling strong positive and negative feelings during your experience.

    RB

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      I know that’s a tough one to follow, but that’s what successful people do, and don’t ask me how they do it! 🙂

      Agree with your points too, meditation and being aware enhances our focus and helps us be more productive and that ways you can achieve a great deal and much faster as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  44. Sudipto

    May 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Very informative article and Yes, for getting success in any field, focus is very important factor. We can only keep focus to our work if we have set our goal. Distraction really play a negative role in this. i really like the point of fight with distraction.

    Taking break is very important as it helps in refreshing our mind and also increase our energy level. Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Sudipto – nice to have you back 🙂

      Yes indeed, without staying focused I don’t think we can achieve our goals on time. Distractions are a part of our lives I would say. We just need to find our way around the distractions and deal with them. Distractions that can be avoided like visiting Facebook etc., should be, while the ones you cannot avoid like noise at home – learn to accept and adjust to it. It takes time initially, but you learn to deal with it by making minor adjustments.

      Absolutely! Breaks are essential, or else you’d just tire yourself out and a strained or tired mine is unproductive. It takes much longer to accomplish your tasks that ways.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  45. Sourav

    May 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That was a great read ! 🙂 I really needed this.

    Focus is what keeps us on track when we are trying to reach our goals. The first step to success ?

    I always think about keeping a schedule and working on it.I make many quite big plans and always dream about it but at the end of the day these plans drifts away into dustbin as usual.

    You article was a real motivation for me. Since, yesterday I’ve started reducing the time spend on Facebook, gaming and started being more productive.I still had some confusions and you made it clear via this article. Now, I have a clear vision of my goals. My mom always tells me to visualize myself in the position I want to become and Now I’ve started visualizing and I hope this might help to become more productive and focused.

    I’ve also made some To-do lists and daily strategic plans. What I do is, I dot down some things I’ve to complete daily and once I complete doing those thing I strike them out.I think this would really help me. What do you think Madam ?

    I thought multi-tasking is something really great because it allows me to accomplish a variety of tasks at once. But, now I understood why I shouldn’t do various thing at once . It would actually confuse my brain and eventually slows me down keeping me away from being fully engaged in any one task.

    Thanks for this wonderful article.I’ll be around 😀

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Sourav,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it so well 🙂

      Yes indeed, without focusing on any task that we are doing, we really cannot achieve our goals that would lead us to success. I can understand about the plan making bit. Big plans are good to make, but once you do that part, make smaller sub-plans of the one major one in mind because those will be achievable. Anything in small bits is easier to digest as they say, it’s the same case with planning. Once you are able to accomplish say about 2-3-4 goals in a day, move to the next one and so on. Trying to do a large amount would only overwhelm you I feel.

      That’s wonderful if my post could motivate you to stay away from Facebook, especially when you are working. I’ve never tried gaming, though I believe they are quite addictive. Your Mom is absolutely right about visualization, and that helps to foresee yourself at the eventual place you’d like to be one day. Even if you don’t reach there, at least the process has started by just thinking ahead and the steps would follow thereafter.

      Making a to-do list, and taking them up one by one, in small bits, helps. Don’t make a long one or you dread looking at it! Yes, all that you keep doing, tick it off and that surely gives a sigh of relief, doesn’t it? It certainly does because you feel good that you have done so much and can see all that’s left to do.

      Certain tasks you can multi-task, like I mentioned in the post, like you can perhaps listen to music and check on Facebook or Twitter, but you certainly cannot sit and write a post and keep checking on Facebook. If you do that, your writing will not be as good nor would you be able to concentrate fully on your work, thus resulting in a long productive result.

      It also depends on the kind of task. Anything requiring your focus, should be done without any kind of distraction as then you’d be able to accomplish is much faster and in a better way. Yes, your brain does get confused because it has to see to 2-3 things and it slows down one while seeing the other 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  46. Olamosh

    May 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Wow!, what a great article post. To be sincere i learn alot from this article post.

    I stumbled upon this article few days ago but i had to bookmark it cos i couldn’t concentrate on it at that moment.

    “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” staying focused doesn’t mean you can’t fail but adding determination to your focus makes success a must. Even-though you may fail along trying but your determination will always stand a key.

    Madam Harleena Singh, your blog has turn to bed for me, it’s on bookmark on both my firefox & chrome, With one single click am on Aha-now, Please kindly keep up the good writing…

    I have learnt not to multi-task in-terms of doing two seperate things at a time.. Many people are always kept poor, because they are too visionary. Every project looks to them like certain success, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, always “under the harrow.” The plan of “counting the chickens before they are hatched” is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age…

    I have add to my personal development from this blog article “HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO STAY FOCUSED ON EVERY PROJECTS AT HAND”.

    Thanks for this article piece once again and have a nice week

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Welcome to my blog Olamosh!

      Well, thank you for saying that, and I am glad you liked the post too 🙂

      No worries as long as come back to it and read it. I like those lines about try and fail and I think if you rise after each failure, you only get stronger and closer to success, isn’t it?

      Ah..that is wonderful indeed, and thank you for bookmarking it. I’d surely keep writing posts that my wonderful readers like and nothing is going to stop me, especially when I get to hear inspiring words like yours 🙂

      I can understand the problem of multi-tasking many people have and I am guilty of it too at times, being a mom besides a blogger cum writer. But there are certain things you can multi-task and certain that you can’t, just as I mentioned in the post. So, if it works for you, then go ahead, but anything that requires you to stay focused, especially when you work, you should do with full concentration, and that work you’d be able to complete in time.

      Thanks for doing that – much appreciated. Have a nice week as well 🙂

  47. Sunday

    May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Staying focus is not an easy pie for many. With distractions here and there, there comes the inevitability to skid away from the project at hand. This happens to the best of us!

    However, staying focused can be achieved and we goals can be accomplished if the right attitude is employed. For me, in moments of distractions, I steer back to reality by reminding myself of the importance of the project at hand. Setting effective deadline and reminding myself of the “pain” or “gain” of the project would bring back motivation for me.

    We need to be motivated by clarity of goals to ensure we stay focused. More so, we need reason bigger than reality – to borrow the words of Robert Kiyosaki.

    This comment was left in kingged.com – the content syndication and social networking website for Internet marketers where this post was shared.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Hi Sunday,

      You are right there, and I don’t blame people entirely because of the many distractions that are in their way 🙂

      Having strong will power to overcome distractions and getting down to doing the tasks in hand is the key, for which you need to remain focused and committed to your work. Deadlines, reminders, planning, and setting priorities – all help us to move towards achieving our goals. Of course, you need a positive mindset to get started with all of this too.

      Nice words indeed 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  48. Arun Kallarackal

    May 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    To be honest, losing focus and falling prey to distractions is an issue that many bloggers face. Not just bloggers, people from all walks of life are prone to this issue! 🙂 This post, for sure, has listed some effective and efficient remedies. i loved going through it!

    Talking about my personal experiences, I can point out the fact that prioritizing things and avoiding all the distractions can bring in noticeable changes. It helps build good focus and magically improves productivity. That’s what i have observed.

    Like- each morning, I make it a point to chart the tasks to be done in my mind. The long lists of tasks seems overwhelming at first. But then, I prioritize things, based on the importance of the task to be done. Once dealing with that task, i proceed and visualize that how I will take and face each task on hand and get done with it.

    Killing of distractions is also the key. No matter how well we plan, if there are distractions on the way, nothing will help.

    I could relate very well to the suggestions you made! Awesome post. I found the link to it on Kingged.

    Arun

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Hi Arun,

      I agree with you there because it happens with me too, though that was when I started blogging and was spending perhaps more than required time on social media. Of course, now there is no time to spare and the focus has shifted to work totally 🙂

      Yes indeed, setting your priorities right and taking up the things that need immediate attention is what matters. It’s a little tough initially, but once you put it into daily practice, you can certainly get it done.

      Your distractions will be reduced because you would be fully focused in your work, thus there would be increase in productivity that would lead you to achieving your goals.

      I like your plan, though next time, if you wish, try to make this same chart of to-do tasks and all one night before. Once you have it all planned the night before, your morning isn’t wasted in chalking it all out and you can just start right away to do those things planned. Just a suggestion I try most of the time and it gives me great start for my morning. 🙂

      I would say, get used to the distractions, the ones that are the usual and out of your control, and learn to work your way around them. With time you get used to the little noise around and it doesn’t affect your work. Yes, what you can avoid – distractions like going to Facebook or Twitter, etc – let go of those and time yourself when you want to visit such sites.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂

      • Arun Kallarackal

        May 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        Hi Harleena,

        Yes, that idea of maintaining a to-do list sounds brilliant. I could easily try that one out. Actually, creating such a list and planning and prioritizing things earlier, at night is a good idea.

        You are right, upon doing so, mornings won’t be wasted in chalking things up. This will ensure more productivity and peace of mind to a great extent in the morning. There won’t be that overwhelming feeling! 🙂

        Thanks again, for taking time and suggesting me these valuable tips.

        Arun

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          Harleena Singh

          May 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

          Hi Arun,

          Do that and I am sure you’d like it. When you plan things at night you save a lot of time in the morning, which is actually the most productive time, at least for me it is. I used to spend an hour planning out the day in the morning and then start doing other tasks because the link tends to shift, but trying out this way helped me, so I shared it with you 🙂

          Thanks once again 🙂

  49. Rebekah Radice

    May 14, 2014 at 6:18 am

    These are all terrific tips Harleena!

    I love that you mention planning for challenges. Not many people mention that. My motto is plan for the worst and hope for the best, so that suggestion fits right in.

    I’m a checklist girl myself, so making my list at the end of each day is my key to success. If I can get up with a clear direction of where I’m heading each day, it makes life so much easier for me than haphazardly heading into the day with no strategy or roadmap.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Welcome to my blog Rebekah – good to have you over 🙂

      Glad you like the post, and yes, challenges are a part of life that we have to face every single day. Love your motto, something that we all need to do too.

      You must be because that’s how you can stay so focused and come up with amazing content each time. It’s the only thing that really works to help us stay focused.

      I agree with you there, and I think planning things out the night before does help to get a clear headway, first thing in the morning.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  50. Ann07

    May 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great read!

    There are many ways for you to consider achieving your goals. One of the best ways for you to increase the chance of having a successful career is to stay focus on working what your set goals are.

    Set your priorities, Believe in yourself, and fight against distractions, these are the things that you needed to stay focused.

    The tips shared above, as well as the video, on how to stay focused and achieve your goals are all effective and valuable. This would be a big help! 🙂

    Thanks for the post!

    Best,
    Ann07

    By the way, I found this post shared on Kingged.com

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      Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Welcome to my blog Ann!

      I agree with you there – without staying focused, I don’t think anyone can achieve their goals. I guess it all has to start with proper planning, setting your priorities, not procrastinating, and keeping away from distractions.

      I know it’s tough to do it all, but taking small steps and trying to achieve success by following these easy ways is not impossible either.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am glad you liked the video and post as well. Have a nice day 🙂

  51. Gangadhar

    May 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Your article inspire me very much because last 3-4 days I am preparing to write article for my blog but my mind fully block. Literally my mind didn’t give any positive response to write article so I leaved it.

    I read your article about how to stay focused to achieve your goals which really motivate me and give positive energy to complete my pending work. Thanks for sharing this motivational article………!!!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Welcome to my blog Gangadhar!

      Glad the post could help you in some way 🙂

      Nice to know that finally you could achieve your goal – keep going! The secret to success and getting work done is staying focused on your work, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. 🙂

  52. Piotr Misiurek

    May 15, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Very long, but also very useful article. From my experience i can add two things:

    1) Plan things to do in advance. For example at the end of the day before. This way you can immediately start work. You know what to do, so you dont have excuse to think about it

    2) Start with the most important things. That way you will see the impact made by you. You will see the value of your work

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      Harleena Singh

      May 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Welcome to my blog Piotr!

      Sorry for the long post, but that’s just the way I write, and I guess my readers love it as you can see from their comments. 🙂

      I agree with you there. Planning the night before helps to start the day with a bang, and you don’t really waste time thinking or planning what you have to do. Yes indeed, taking up tasks that are the most important ensures that you achieve your goals well in time, and that happens only when you are focused on your work, isn’t it?

      I think if we set our priorities right and plan out things well in advance, we can be much more efficient and productive in our work.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  53. metz

    May 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I admit staying focused on your goals while bored at work is a battle in your life. Passion and motivation when collide, is beyond great, however you are pursue your goal even only having one of them.

    Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. However, it’s the ability to work when work isn’t easy that makes the difference. Right?

    Consider this scenario “If you want to be a great writer, then having a best-selling book is wonderful. But the only way to reach that result is to fall in love with the process of writing.”

    The process is the point; we need to get through it.

    This comment was left in kingged.com where this post was already “kingged” and shared for Internet marketers.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Welcome to my blog Metz!

      Yes indeed, it’s certainly not easy to stay focused when the world around is constantly moving and disturbing you. You pursue your goal, with passion and motivation, and of course will power, without which you cannot really move ahead to achieve your goals.

      Yes, that’s just what I mentioned in the post, the secret to success of the successful people, to do work when it isn’t easy. Yes, the falling in love with the process is what we need to do, not the end result, just as mentioned in the post too.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  54. Crystal Ross

    May 17, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Hi and thanks for all the awesome tips!I have been distracted and have been on Twitter or p interest for too long and two hours have gone by. This is where I need to focus more to. Also, focusing on one task at a time. I love to have five million balls in the air. However, that is not good. Great post! =)

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Welcome to my blog Crystal!

      Glad you liked the tips about staying focused as mentioned in the post 🙂

      Yes, you aren’t the only one who faces such problems as you can make out from the various comments people have left earlier. Distractions are a part of life, and we need to find ways to work our way through them.

      Focusing on one task and getting it done before moving to the next one is the key to achieving your goals efficiently I would say.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  55. sunnybatra

    May 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is my second visit on your article and i am glad see one more amazing post.
    What an extra ordinary thoughts you have shared to get an achievements and success in our life.

    Thanks for sharing ..Please continue..Have a great day.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Sunny,

      Thanks for saying that and I am happy you liked this post as well 🙂

      Nothing all that extra ordinary, just something that we can all do to achieve our goals, which happens only when we remain focused, isn’t it?

      Thanks for the feedback on this one. 🙂

      BTW – It seems like you haven’t yet got yourself a Gravatar as I’d mentioned it earlier too. I said that as I see your picture on your profile pages, so you just need to use the same email ID at Gravatar and it’s done – would be nice to see who we address in the comments 🙂

  56. Sayantan Mahato

    May 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    No matter how much I come to your website, it feels less. It makes me warm, cheery, and motivation.

    But, I’m a little confused. I’m giving boards this year. And, have also started blogging. What do you think my schedule should be?

    Thanks,

    Do keep posting!

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Welcome to my blog Sayantan – good to see you here!

      Well, thank you for saying that – your words motivate me to carry on writing as well 🙂

      Hmm…I can understand what you mean, and I think you also know my answer to your question. I would suggest to stay focused on your boards as those are important for your career ahead, and it’s a matter of a few months only. Once you are through with that, you could take up part time blogging along with whatever career you choose to have as we have many bloggers who are students, yet blog very well as well.

      Just my two cents, and I hope it helped 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and keep coming as well 🙂

  57. Charmie

    May 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Cool article. It is very fascinating on the very first glance and infact I even get motivated and inspired by such great write-ups like yours but somehow the negative circumstances and failures always dominates my mind. I am really disturbed by this fact that I can’t concentrate. I am aware of all the facts but when it comes to application, it becomes really tough for me to do it.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Charmie,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it 🙂

      Yes, we all need some kind of inspiration, and if you could get that through my post, my purpose of blogging is accomplished. Failures are a part of life, and I think we should take them with a positive spirit as they always teach us something in return, don’t they?

      Ah…concentration depends on many factors, and if some task is really important to you, I think you will remain fully focused and get it done by removing all kinds of distractions, isn’t it? So, just do that time each time you sit to work, remove distractions, and you would accomplish your goals much quicker.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  58. mathi

    May 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Harleena,

    Your article really boosted me up. There are times when I feel rather low when my blog does not get many viewers. But I gear myself up and tell myself ‘focus, work hard, don’t look for immediate results and the snowballing effect will bring my blog viewers’. It is not easy, but I know I must be hardworking to achieve something. I was once very overawed by your blog and felt I can be never like you. But now I know comparisons can kill my drive and interest. Your blog is now my lesson where l always look for motivation.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Mathi,

      Nice to hear that 🙂

      Don’t worry about the traffic, viewers, or comments at this stage as you just started blogging. Things take time. I remember my earlier days too and it does become a little depressing, but with time things build up. Once you visit blogs, comment, and build up relationships with fellow bloggers, they too would do the same with you, it’s just a matter of time and being committed to your blog.

      All that I have achieved is a labor of hard work for the past three years, ever since I started this blog. I wasn’t even a blogger, so I had to build connections with others right from scratch, so there you already have a feather in your cap. Just keep going, and you’d achieve success for sure. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words of appreciation as well 🙂

  59. Cat Knott

    May 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Shalu,

    Modern life is just full of distractions, which are always welcome to anyone who’s even a little bit of a procrastinator. Harleena has done a great job here with lots of tips to keep on track.

    I just try to remember that Social media, email etc are tools for me to use, not for everyone else to beat me up with. Just try to realise that time is precious, but I know it’s not always easy to keep focused :0)

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Welcome to my blog Cat!

      Though your comment is addressed to Shalu, let me answer it for you. Yes, there are many distractions in our life, especially for those who procrastinate a great deal – but we need to find our way to work around them, isn’t it?

      I agree with you there. Social media platforms should be used as a means to reach out and connect with people and we shouldn’t let them rule our lives, as it happens with some people. Time matters, and if you go with time and stay focused on your work, you’d surely achieve success.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. 🙂

      BTW – It would be nice if you can get yourself a Gravatar so that we can see who we are addressing here. I saw you have a lovely picture on your blog, so it would be easily possible for you to get one. Just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  60. Akaahan Terungwa

    May 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    When I read The Four Hour Work Week, I knew plenty things were wrong with my schedule and work. Presently, I seriously use the 80/20 rule and really don’t give a damn about any other thing. The fomula I use is simple: what will this action benefit me…the answer saves me more time than you can ever imagine.

    You’ve also covered some tips here which I am certainly interested in. One is the art of saying no – that is one area I must develop serious skills and talent in.

    Always,
    Terungwa

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Terungwa,

      Ah…that doesn’t really work for everyone I think, especially not us as we are still learning about blogging, and some of us are relatively new to the blogosphere. 🙂

      Yes, the 80/20 rule has been around for a long time, and if you are able to follow that, it’s wonderful indeed. However, one shouldn’t always think of one’s own benefit also. I think being bloggers, we need to keep our readers before us always and think what we can do for others, how we can help them too, isn’t it?

      It’s tough for me to say no too, but some times I just have to if I am working and someone wants me to leave my work and do their work. I usually would do it, but never when I sit to work 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  61. Cheenu Lott

    May 23, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Good post, Harleena !

    Being sociable is really a good thing, but these days people have started using them beyond the limits which results in distraction from their goals and targets and then depression. Meditation is also one of the best way to bring your concentration level back on the track.

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      Harleena Singh

      May 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Welcome to my blog Cheenu!

      Absolutely! I think everything within limits is good. But if you overdo things, like being on the social media platforms for long hours and neglecting your work, you can never achieve your goals.

      Meditation surely does help to concentrate better, though you need to have a positive mindset to not get distracted more than anything else.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  62. Apeksha Khanna

    May 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hello Harleena,
    This Post is eye opener to me. I dont give much preference to time management and i always do multi task which keep me away from my main goal. However there is one good thing that i always keep myself motivated and i dont give up. Next time i will surely manage my time and will focus on one task at a time. Thanks for sharing such useful tips.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Welcome to my blog Apeksha!

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it 🙂

      Yes, you need to avoid multi-tasking and pay more attention to time management, so that you can stay more focused and achieve your goals. I like that…don’t give up and remain motivated, and stay determined till you seek what you planned.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      BTW – Do get yourself a gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  63. Oona Houlihan

    June 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Ok with everything you say but one point: I would not use the wording “fight distraction” as this is a ‘negative’ affirmation of sorts. But everyone can figure out how to attack (here we go again 🙂 the problem positively.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Welcome to my blog Oona!

      That’s true, and you can use any term in it’s place as long as you understand the meaning and what was trying to be conveyed. It just meant to overcome distractions or learn to work while they are present, because they’d always be there, isn’t it? Yes, use more of positive affirmations 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

      BTW – Do get yourself a gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  64. Prajakta

    July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I dont give much preference to time management and i always do multi task. Next time i will surely manage my time and will focus on one task at a time.
    Thanks for sharing such useful tips. –

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Welcome to my blog Prajakta!

      I guess you understand where the problem lies then because multi-tasking isn’t good, and without time management you cannot really manage tour tasks well, nor achieve your goals. Yes, hope these tips help you stay focused and get a lot more done.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      BTW – Do get yourself a gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  65. Dinesh Verma

    August 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Harleena,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. Attention is the key to success. If you are attentive and hard working, then you will achieve your goals. But falling to distraction is a common thing, you can’t expect yourself to be 100% focused.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Welcome to my blog Dinesh!

      Yes, I agree with you there and without attention you surely cannot focus nor achieve your goals. Distractions are all around us, but we need to deal with them and get our work done with their presence, isn’t it? You won’t lose your focus if you remain determined 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      BTW – Do get yourself a gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  66. Aditya Nath Jha

    August 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Out of all these I believe the one which holds the most power is the one point which emphasizes on the power of saying NO. I too was a people pleaser initially and always said Yes to anyone and everyone who had some request or something that they wanted from me. Now I say No to things which I feel go out of hand and it’s one of the best ways for me to save my time and my energy 🙂
    As always awesome post Mam. Though I can’t comment so long like the other people here but still it’s really good! 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Welcome to my blog Aditya – good to see you here 🙂

      Absolutely! Saying NO is not easy, and having gone through that phase I know how tough it is, though I am glad I’m over it now. 🙂

      I guess if you have to get things done and remain focused on your work, you have to learn to say no to people. I don’t just refuse people totally, but I always tell them I’d do their work, but not now, and give them a later date, so that I can do what I have to do and then do their work. It works best that way as you don’t disappoint people, yet you are able to accomplish your tasks in hand.

      I am glad you stopped by and no worries about the long comments as long as they are meaningful ones, those matter more. Thanks for stopping by, and keep coming 🙂

  67. Ella Smith

    August 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.For example, I’ll start one project, work on it for a little bit, then lose focus and try something else. And then I’ll lose focus on my new goal and try something else. And on and on.So is important to stay focused about your goals and destinations.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Welcome to my blog Ella!

      Very true, and it can be tough for some of us if we aren’t focused on those goals, isn’t it? I can understand what you mean and losing focus is very easy because of the number of distractions we have all around us. However, we need to be determined and stick with our goals by staying focused, at least for a while with what we are currently trying out before switching to something new. With strong will power you can do that with ease – try it out and let me know. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      BTW – Do get yourself a gravatar so that we know who we are talking to – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  68. Sachin

    August 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I am big fan of this site article…. i am really inspire to this wonderful article
    Thanks Harleena Singh…

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Welcome to my blog Sachin!

      Nice to hear that, and I am glad this post inspired you in some way too. Keep coming to get more inspiration 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  69. Don Purdum

    August 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I think this is one of the top reasons people fail in addition to not knowing what business they are in and why they are in it.

    I can only speak for American society, but it’s clear we are trained to multi-task. That runs antithetical to focus. We are always on to the next thing before we even start the first thing.

    Our brains are trained in 30 minute increments thanks to tv. Our span of attention is very, very short and limited.

    I have a son who is 19 and just graduated high school and already owns his own business. Around middle school we had to teach him how to focus and develop the habits he would need to be successful in life. As a result he was a 4.0 student and excels at virtually everything he does.

    I think that your emphasis on habits is critical to ones success or failures. Habits determine how you teach yourself to think, behave and react. If you don’t teach yourself the discipline you need to focus it will be a challenge changing those habits.

    Great post Harleena. I look forward to interacting with you often here!

    ~ Don Purdum

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Hi Don,

      It’s good to see you here once again 🙂

      I totally agree with your view that habits are critical to one’s success or failure. We’re all creatures of habits, and they are what make or destroy us.

      A habit is like a program that we can use for better efficiency and productivity. The better the habits, the better are the results!

      It’s good to know that you son has learned the way to excel and all thanks to you for teaching him to focus the right way. Focus is so important when as you mentioned the kind of lifestyle we lead.

      I agree to your views on multitasking. It’s the case not only in America but else where around too and people get into the business of multitasking thinking that they will make more out of the time they have in hand, and as a result either compromise on quality or make themselves suffer with work stress.

      I’m glad you like the post and I look forward to you sharing more of your thoughts on Aha!NOW. Thanks for visiting and do have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

      • Don Purdum

        August 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        Thanks for your reply Harleena!

        As I think about it, it’s not just the habit, but how we get the habits. I know you read a lot of blogs, as I do, and it’s so easy to see how we get out of whack as people persuade us of all the things we need to do. It’s all really good stuff.

        However, the business owner many times is out of touch with their own purpose, vision, mission; and as a result have to clear strategies, measurable goals or objectives.

        This leads to a lack of clarity and focus and therefore minimal or no results.

        If you have your business organized and everything in place, it’s much easier to stay focused so that when we read blogs of interest to use we can more easily adapt the things that make sense into our plans with purpose and intentionality.

        It’s just a thought…

        Don

  70. shiv

    August 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    I have seen many comments on Shalu sharma’s blog but first time i have seen your blog. Thanks for the tips to focus on Goals. Actually many time i fall down and start thinking that this goal was not for me and i left that but after reading your tips. I would like to implement your tips. Thanks for nice suggestions.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Welcome to my blog Shiv!

      Glad you liked the post, and I guess we must thank Shalu that we met here. 🙂

      That’s alright because we all tend to shift our focus to things that we feel are more important, but we must learn to carry on with what we choose to try and test th waters before shifting to new things very soon, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  71. Catherine Cavanaugh

    August 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I have never been a spreadsheet person, my organization resembles a Picasso painting at best, and at worst, expressionist modern art. My files are piles, and I can never seem to stay on the same subject in even a conversation, let alone something I need to get accomplished. Needless to say, there’s a ton of things half finished in my life. This blog is wonderful and I’m really glad to have found that I’m not alone, and that I can get better at this.

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      Harleena Singh

      August 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Welcome to my blog Catherine!

      Lol…I can understand what you mean, and you certainly aren’t the only person who isn’t all that organized, but perhaps when you get down to doing things, you must be very good at it. Is that so? One of my daughters is a little like that and so is another person I know, and they somehow like to work with a little clutter around and don’t like to plan things too 🙂

      I don’t know how they manage, but when the time comes, they somehow get their work done, though it might be a little haphazard. I do suggest to her to do one thing at a time, and complete it fully and then go to the next one, and its the same advice I would give you, if you’d try it. This way at least you’d be rest assured and happy to accomplish one thing fully. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words of appreciation. Glad you like my blog and you certainly aren’t alone in this. I’m sure you’d get better with time, though you’re not doing too bad with the way you are, so cheer up! Have a nice day 🙂

      BTW – Do use a Gravatar so we know who we are talking to when you comment – just a friendly suggestion 🙂

  72. pakhi

    August 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hello Harleena!
    The working pattern of every person decides about his/her success. And behind a success there is long period of failure. A successful person always learns from his/her failure. I am totally agreed with your thoughts.Nice sharing love to read your next post.

  73. rakesh kumar

    August 15, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Dear Harleena

    I think this is my first visit to your blog but i am fully satisfied to read this whole article. The major problem with me is i start a new product/theme/plugins and left it either at 80% or at 90% thus you can say have only few products ( though making money using them)

    Your article is written in such a way that it seems to me was written basically for me. Thanks for posting such a wonderful article and keep in touch.

    Hope this article will help me to stay focused in my journey to be a World Class WordPress Developer.

  74. Tiffany

    August 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Firstly, great article. Secondly, I’m definitely sharing this because I know this is something that everyone experiences. Lately I’ve been allowing myself to become easily distracted. While working, it’s easy to venture off into Facebook or YouTube. Lately, I’ve been doing away with the distractions, and have actually had shorter work days by doing so!

  75. Anthony.W

    August 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I used to get distracted by a number of things when I work on my computer, e-mail notifications, social network reminders, pop-up news…etc.

    I started to turn them off when I work on my task, use full screen mode when writing. However, I still find myself turning outlook on, open firefox…etc. I felt guilty after doing so.

    I then created a folder on my desktops, moved all the shortcuts into that folder berried with three sub-folders. It would take me to open four folders to reach those shortcuts and open website, outlook…etc. It’s such a pain to do so, but I gradually stopped getting disturbed from these distractions.

  76. Chris Krohn

    September 11, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Great article! We are taught the mechanics of our functional jobs, but not the mechanics of how to be successful. Time, like money, has value and can either be spent or invested. By having an effective plan, and employing the guidelines in your article, I have found that the road to my goals is smoother.

  77. Monica

    September 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    “Accepting that you might not achieve success.” That has always been a tough concept for me. If you’ve ever seen the “Friends” episode with Monica’s (then) boyfriend, Pete. He dreams of being the next Fighting Champion and won’t quit until he gets that title. He stinks and gets beat up every round which lands him in full body cast. I am like Pete at times… I do not quit until I achieve success. I need to work on that, I can’t always get what I want.

    Thank you!

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    Kathi Miller

    September 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Harleena,

    As usual, another GREAT post! I always appreciate your writing style but especially liked the connection you shared with your audience in this post. As evidenced by statements like, “we all struggle with.” And while I normally excel at heads down focus….even I was a bit surprised by the realization that wasting 1 hour per day could equate to 4 books per year! As they say, I guess we have time for what we make a priority. Thanks much for sharing your insight.

  79. Jey Ganesh

    September 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    A quiet good article. This is very inspirational information for me… 🙂

  80. Amanda

    September 19, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Hello Harleena,

    I am so happy to find a blog post example on “How to stay focused”. I can relate to these strategies as my own coping mechanisms. I believe that staying focused comes easy for some people and extremely hard for others. With distractions and a series of events coming at you from epic proportions is is very easy for somebody to forget about what they are supposed to be doing. This is where I agree with you…if you have the right idea, you truly can achieve anything. It is all in the power or thought and your mentality. When my priorities get mix-matched, I think realistically about what is important and why it is important. I just have to catch myself before I get distracted doing something else. We need to be motivated and given inventive to succeed by reminding ourselves why what we are doing is important.

    I really enjoyed this blog, thank you for allowing it to come to my attention!

    CHEERS to the POWERFUL THOUGHTS and staying focused!

    -Amanda

  81. Karmakar

    October 3, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I believe Time management is one of the key factor here…

    Most of the time shortage of time affects our concentration…

    Yes.. Goal setting is must for any kind of success..

    Regards…

  82. Leena Shah

    October 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hi Harleena!
    This Article was very timely because I was just about to start another project and I got the notice by email that this post came up and I allowed myself to be distracted and here I AM! 🙂 As you say it is so important to turn off the distractions and stay focused. Thank you as always for your great information and all the important reminders. Now! Back to work for me Thanks a lot

    Regard
    Leena Shah ,

  83. Moumita Ghosh

    October 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Hello Harleena,

    I couldn’t visit your blog for a long time. Today I have managed time to read your blog and read some old posts on your blog. Every article on your blog is really wonderful, especially this article inspired me. Everybody should be focused to achieve their goal. As a part time blogger, I need to keep balance between my blogging works and office works. It’s a toughest job for me. Somtime I destract from the path to achieve my goal. This article will help me lots how to stay focused. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and motivated article.

    Best regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

  84. Liz McGee

    October 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Great topic Harleena and one that I can certainly relate to.

    Staying focused is a big issue for a lot of people. It certainly was for me, especially with my blog in the beginning.

    Distractions and chasing the next big thing can be the downfall for so many folks. Part of that is due to not giving your blog, project or goals enough time to be successful.

    When it comes to blogging or your business you need to take it from start to profit. So many people chase down different paths before they get to profit.

    That’s distraction at it’s best.

    Some of the things that help avoid that is get off all the mailing lists that don’t contribute to your focus.

    Listen to folks that you trust, admire and would like to imitate.

    And of course follow Harleena’s tips above.

    It’s tough staying focused but SO necessary to achieving your goals and success.

    Blessings,
    Liz

  85. Arpit Ward

    October 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Great bunch of information Harleena, it is true that to achieve our goals we need to train our brain with a positive attitude. Checking email, facebook and twitter is the biggest distraction for most of the people. To achieve our daily micro goals we need to have a daily written journal and should read it prior to sleep. And, when we visualize the thing we want with the focused mind and strong desire, we will definitely get it.

  86. lynne

    October 15, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Hi, a very informative article, learning to stay focus is the key word in achieving so many things in life. Successful people have a positive perspective in life, they focus on the actions needed to achieve their goals rather than the distractions that they encounter while pursuing them. Thanks for sharing a great post!

  87. Chery Schmidt

    October 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hello Harleena,

    I noticed this post and had to jump right over to see what kind of advice you had for me here. The main reason is because tonight I joined a 7 week focus group and now I need to figure out what I what to get done in this 7 week series.

    Of course I have a lot that I do on a daily basis, but I have one week, yes we meet again next Tues evening. I need to make a decision and hone in on one thing that I truly want to get done.

    Your post here did give me some great idea’s on what not to do as well as what to do to help me stay on track and stay focused..

    Great share my friend.. Chery :))

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    Maxwell Ivey

    November 1, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hi Harleena; this post was so much more than i expected. I was hoping for techniques to help with focus and also got information about setting goals, creating a good working space, allocating time, avoiding distractions, etc. a couple things that came to my mind while reading are. One, wouldn’t it be great if our phones had the option of telling people what we are doing like the messages on a chat program or Skype. I mean you log into Skype and if someone is working it will say am working or am writing or am with a client do not disturb. and i think i have told you before that i believe a benefit of being blind is that face book and other social sites aren’t as easy to use so i don’t spend as much time there as i might. i go to post updates or share friend’s post, and i visit when an email alert includes something that i have to respond to. but the majority of my work there is done through email notifications which i can reply to by email and thus stay off of the actual site avoiding temptation. i love the idea of using the timer especially since most smart phones have them now. and its always better if you tell yourself to go back to work than it is for your boss or spouse to do it. nothing is as fun if someone else is making you do it. i also had a thought about visualization. people often think about the effects of being successful rather than the accomplishment itself. most have images of new cars, fancy homes, long vacations, etc. but i choose to think of being heard becoming an expert in my field and most importantly of all helping others. of course you have to make money to continue helping people or to help even more of them; but that is my goal. and as long as the goal is about them and not about me its much easier to meet it and find happiness on those rare occasions when i come up short. thanks for sharing my friend. take care, max

  89. Mark

    November 2, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Great article. Some fantastic simple tools that are effective and work work well. Thank you for posting this.

    Mark Manderson- Author of Finding Happy

  90. Michael Gregory II

    November 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hello Harleena,

    Your post caught my attention and when I went through it, I felt a strong positive force coming out of those words. Everything you said does help build a person towards a path of success and self development. By changing your internal mindset to think more positive and taking action to reach your goal, you will become a better person along the way.

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    Abrar Mohi Shafee

    December 14, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Hi there,

    I personally leverage addiction to approach the goal.

    I think, addiction is what can do anything. For an example: if someone has addiction to gaming, no one can stop him. Same as if we can manage to get addicted to our goals, we can be really focused on the main point.

    Many people might say, yeah addiction is really bad because excess of anything is bad. But I think, if we can leverage this addiction staying under the limit, we might do very well.

  92. yogesh

    March 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Hello Harleena mam,
    I know i cant write so much big and meaningful comment like you, but i am trying here finally.
    Really getting focused on work can give you success in life. without focus you cant get your goal. And you are truly inspirational personality, i learnt a lot from you. I started blogging after getting inspired from some people you are one of them.
    Thanks to inspire me a lot.

  93. Blessed

    April 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    God bless you for such a wonderful post. All your points are great but the one i love most is point no 2 “Find a purpose to stay motivated”. I set goals but find it difficult to achieve them. am really working hard to overcome the habit but with my tight schedule i find it difficult. Once again thank you very much for this awesome post

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    Rachel Wolany

    May 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    What a great motivating post. I have just come back from a weeks holiday fully revitalised. I am on my new habits as we speak. I just reflected my last six months and I feel brilliant. It is so new, I am eager to conquer new learning curves. But I realised today that I have this steady pace that I must maintain. I know it is hard yards time now. For routine, to get my hours up on writing, for consistency, rather than flippancy. I am in favour of a few things to focus on. But I finally found what is comfortable for me. It allows all my professional ideas and steps to progress and my day also fits in what I like to do personally. It appears to be a 14 hour day, however there is so much time to rejuvenise. Three twenty meditation sessions throughout the day. I am also learning chess (pulling my hair out actually) and croqueting. Because I really needed something for this in between time where I am building and while it may appear that nothing is happening, I know full well consistency is happening.

  95. Sanjay Sajeev

    May 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hello,

    I think i should need to go around this blog for a long day. Because there are a lot to learn from here. I have a aim in my life. This post about stay focused really encouraged me on my desire to my goal.
    We have only one life. Yes, i agree the fact that we need to enjoy our life. At the same time, we need to work hard to achieve our life’s goal.

    These focus tips really helped to change my thought on my life. Stay focused……

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    David Adeleke

    May 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Staying around people who have similar goals or vision is really important. I’ve experienced both sides of the coin and I know which one I prefer.
    Nice, detailed article Harleena.

  97. Lawrence Berry

    May 28, 2015 at 2:41 am

    These are some great tips on how to stay focused. I think the main factors that allows you stay focused through tempting distractions is finding your purpose for why you want to achieve a goal. When you find your purpose in life, that is bigger than your own self-interests, you find the will-power and determination to reach the next level of your life. You cannot achieve much in life without a certain degree of focus. You must also find clarity in your goals. Great post!

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    Toby Nwazor

    July 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I am definitely saving this to read it over and over again until the truth finally sinks in, and I start practicing it. Thanks Harleena




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