Master Your Focus - I. C. Robledo - ebook

Multiply Your Focus And Productivity Without Feeling OverwhelmedImagine if you could sit down, keep your mind on one goal, and actually finish your task. Think how your life would be if you found a way to manage your work hours, breaks, and distractions so that you could truly focus and complete goal after goal.Internationally bestselling author I. C. Robledo has revealed his struggle with maintaining focus. He was once frustrated, unable to stay focused on even simple tasks. Then he decided to experiment with different techniques until he was able to get more done in less time, with greater focus. Now he is able to maintain his focus at the highest level, and he wants to help you do the same.Inside, you will discover:- How using Brute Force Focus can stretch your focus ability- Why focused people work less to get more done – with Smart Breaks- How to find your Sweet Spot of Challenge to stay focused on one task- Why Internal Motivation will help you focus in the long-term- How to stop Disruptive Ideas before they become big distractionsGet your focus in gear and turn your goals into a reality with Master Your Focus.Pick up your copy today by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking BUY NOW.

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Master Your Focus: Focus on What Matters, Ignore the Rest, & Speed up Your Success

I. C. Robledo

Published by I. C. Robledo, 2014.

Master Your Focus: Focus on What Matters, Ignore the Rest, & Speed up Your Success

Copyright © 2014 by Issac Robledo.

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Table of Contents

An Introduction to How to Master Your Focus

Before You Continue

What Should You Focus On?

What Should You Not Focus On?

How Can You Train Your Focus?

How Can You Keep Your Focus Day after Day?

How Can You Get Your Whole Life into Focus?

How Can You Make Sure You Stay Focused?

Final Thoughts

Thank You

Did You Learn Something New?

An Invitation to the “Master Your Mind” Community

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An Introduction to How to Master Your Focus

What it Means to Lack Focus

When you don’t have focus, life can feel much more difficult than it needs to be. You may find that without being able to pay attention to something, you won’t remember it. If you don’t remember important things, it becomes even more difficult to be productive, make good choices, or even be responsible. A lack of focus can quickly make your life spiral out of control. You may miss meetings, fail an exam, or even get fired from a good job. Of course, no one wants this.

There are many reasons you may lose focus. It could be poor sleeping or eating habits. It could be a poor ability to prioritize what is important. You may not have examined your life closely enough to figure out what truly matters to you and is worth focusing on. Another issue is that you may try to take on too much in too little time. Focus has its limits. You can’t force yourself to focus on everything at once. There are many more reasons you could lose your focus, more than I can list. What really matters is that whatever your reason is, it’s possible to work on it and improve your focus.

I believe most people who lack focus lack it because they haven’t learned the right habits necessary to build it up. If you can’t focus, it’s not because there is anything wrong with you. It is something that you can work on to improve if you were just shown how. You may be surprised at how much progress you can make when you learn to improve your abilities.

Who Am I?

I’m someone who has had his share of troubles with staying focused. I always thought there was something wrong with me, and that I was the only person who couldn’t focus. I was completely wrong. It’s a fairly common issue to have. The good thing is it can be improved. To give you an example of how bad my focus used to be, up until high school, I would sit through classes unable to pay attention. Usually I would space out and by the time I realized I had lost focus, the teacher was on another topic and I was lost. When it was time to do homework, I often had no idea where to start. I’d have to go home and try to teach myself from the textbook. It was very inefficient and I failed to improve.

In college, I decided I needed to take action to improve my focus. The classes were tougher and the professors weren’t interested in hearing any excuses. If I failed to focus, I would simply flunk out. I began to experiment with my schedule, my time management, and generally pushing myself harder to stay focused. I found that I was capable of much more than I thought when I rose to the challenge. This was the point when I began discovering some of the tips which you will read about in this book.

Since my college years I’ve made it a daily effort to improve my focus. At one time it was difficult for me to concentrate on my work for more than a half hour at a time, but I can now go all day if I allow myself periodic short breaks.

You might think of focus as a specific muscle in your brain, a big and important one (this is just an analogy). You have to train it to improve it. Someone who wants to improve their fitness hits the gym. If you want to improve your focus, you hit the mental gym. We’ll get to how you can increase your ability to focus more in the third section of this book, ‘How can you train your focus?’.

I’ve always been interested in doing what I could to improve my mental abilities. It just so happens that focus is something that can be improved with practice. Focus is in fact one of the most important mental abilities you have. Without focus, you won’t remember important things or be able to apply what you learn. Also, it can be quite frustrating to not know how to direct your focus. It can make you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel running in circles. Nobody wants to be in that position.

I’d like to share a bit more of my background with you before we move on. I used to work as a researcher in a psychology lab. At the time I had to manage course work, read the latest research, conduct my own research, and write articles and book chapters. The stakes were higher there than in college. If I failed to focus I would fail myself and my lab members. I would lose a stipend and a fellowship (my source of income) as well. Ultimately, I was able to bring my focus to a higher level during my time as a researcher. Those hard-earned focus-enhancing techniques that I picked up are in this book.

I no longer work in research. I’m now an independent author. These days, I feel like I have more structure and focus in my life than if I had a 9-5 job with a boss to direct my attention. I’ve learned to exercise and expand my focus on a daily basis, and you can too. I don’t take it for granted. My experience of needing to prioritize and direct my own focus on a regular basis has provided me with useful tips and tools you can use to improve your focus and accomplish the goals you set for yourself.

Not only do I have firsthand experience with what it’s like to lack focus and with building up my focus to great levels, but I also have a master’s degree in psychology. Mental abilities are something I take great pleasure from studying. The greatest pleasure of all would be to share what I know and what I’ve done, and for that information to benefit you. I wish to show you how to focus longer and with more clarity to accomplish your goals.

It isn’t always easy or natural to stay focused on what you want to accomplish. However, I’ve found that with determination, and taking action to improve focus, a lot of progress can be made. Of course, a very important step is learning how to proceed to improve your focus. That’s where this book comes into play.

What You Will Learn from This Book

With this book you’ll be able to answer many key questions you have about focus. The questions this book answers are:

What should you focus on? Many of us would like to jump into training our ability to focus right away, but first you have to decide what is worthy of your time and energy. In this section you will decide what is most important, so you can focus most of your time and energy where it really matters.

What should you not focus on? Distractions are everywhere. You need a plan to cast them away so you can focus on what matters. In this section you will identify the biggest distractions in your life, and you’ll make a plan for dealing with them. This way, you can invest more of your focus wisely.

How can you train your focus? There are many ways to build up your powers of focus. It’s just a matter of taking the time to train. It doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. This section will provide you with all kinds of ways you can start building up your focus and expanding your attention.

How can you keep your focus day after day? In order to focus for the period of a day or longer, you need to be realistic and take care of your needs. In this section, you will learn the importance of building good habits in your life so you can keep up your energy, enthusiasm, and most importantly, your focus.

How can you get your whole life into focus? In order to keep your focus for months or years, it helps to have an overarching focus or plan that you are working toward. In this section you’ll learn ways to manage your life so that you always know what your overall purpose and goals are. This way, you’ll be able to make sure your short term goals line up with your long term goals into one clear focused plan.

How can you make sure you stay in focus? You need a plan to make sure you don’t fall back into old habits. In this section you can set up a system so you stay on the right track toward building your focus. It’s important to monitor your progress to make sure you continue to move forward.

The Focused Mindset

Focus is a skill that you can build up. This means that your focus can be trained and improved. It’s like learning anything else. If you wanted to improve at chess or at basketball, you’d practice, right? You must do the same with your focus.

Don’t assume that people who can focus well were born that way. I am an example of someone who had a poor focus and was able to improve it drastically. I am now quite skilled at directing my focus where I need it to achieve my goals.

Pareto’s Principle: think in terms of 80/20. This principle states that the majority of your effects (around 80%) will come from a smaller amount of causes (around 20%). What this means is that you should consider carefully where to put your focus. According to the principle, you will get most of your gains and productivity by focusing on a very few key things. Often times, we try to spread our focus into all of the dozens of things we need to do. Instead, it may be more productive to focus intently on the small part that will produce the greatest effect.