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You will find a consistency and a focus in all of my content that can change your attitude which can fuel a positive change in your life, if you want it to. If you are happy with your attitude and your life and see no reason for changing, then you either already have a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), or you are a victim and want to hold onto your misery. These postings will then serve to fortify the person with PMA, or, hopefully, convince the "victim" that there is a better way. This site will contain essays, poems, stories, humor and links, all with the same goal: The pursuit, capture, care and feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude. I have had readers tell me that they have spent hours on my site and feel great about themselves both during and after. I log onto my own site frequently to help fuel my attitude; I hope you will as well.

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My goal is to help my clients navigate the “residential investment property” market; make some money and have some fun in the process. This real estate market is ripe for the investor. In addition, I would like to help the home buyer and home seller. I am part of an 80,000+ agent network that spans all of North America. Being on the “inside” I can find you the “right” agent to handle your specific needs no matter where in North America you may reside. I have been in and arround the real estate market for most of my professional life and want to be your resource for making money in this market. I have been negotiating all of my life and want to negotiate great deals for you. Following is my contact information and my philosophies: Mel Kaye (Broker Associate) Keller Williams Realty Direct: PCH.MEL.KAYE (724.635.5293) Mobile: 805.300.1769 Fax: 888.371.1190 Email: Website: Skype: Mel.Kaye Lic #: 00742678 340 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 100 Westlake Village, CA 91362

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

10 Rules of Focus

10 Rules of Focus

Being able to focus and concentrate are critical aspects of being successful. Unfortunately, they do not come naturally to most of us. For most of us it can be quite a challenge. I have discovered that being able to focus and concentrate are skills that must be learned. After years of telling myself that I am too easily distracted and just unable to focus I decided to do something about it; I have the right attitude, I can conquer this. The good news is that you are never too old to learn how to focus. So, as I have a tendency to do, I broke it down into components and created a guide of sorts. Consider these 10 rules to be your guide.

1. Define Your Goals

Be exact as to what you want to accomplish. Is it school work, a project for work, home improvement, a book you are writing, a blog that you are creating, a post that you are writing…..anything? What are your goals and how long will you need to attain them. What do you need to complete today. It is impossible for you to gain focus and concentration if you do not know what you want or how long it will take you to get there.

2. Prioritize Your Tasks and Organize Them

Most of us are not made to perform multiple tasks at the same time and perform them all well. After defining what your goals and tasks are, prioritize them. Decide what the more important ones are and put them in rank order. Only you can decide why one is more important than another. Be logical in this, not emotional.

3. Do One Thing at a Time, and Do It Well

Once they are prioritized start working on the one that is at the top of your list and only concentrate on that one. You will be surprised at how fast you can complete it if you put the other tasks out of your mind until this one has been completed. You will also be surprised at how well you can do it. If you have a project to work on, divide it into sections such as planning, gathering for resources, implementing the changes, and so forth.

4. Expect Distractions and Prepare For Them

When you begin your task, expect interruptions and distractions; nothing ever goes smooth. Just the fact that you know that something will go wrong will help in overcoming the distraction. As an example, if you have a hard time concentrating when there is noise around you (my biggest issue when trying to focus), choose some appropriate music and use headphones so as not to annoy others. Classical music works well for me. As I am writing this I am in an airplane listening to jazz on my headphones. There are noisy kids around me, but I came prepared. If you have to read or write and you don’t want to be disturbed, shut off the phone or go to the library.

5. Be Patient and Never Give Up

Do not expect to accomplish full focus and concentration right away. This will take time, but stick with it. It will get easier each time. By not expecting to gain full focus the first time you attempt these rules, you will not be disappointed in yourself. This, in my opinion, is the most important of the rules. If you have read any of my writing then you know that “Never giving up” is huge. Stick with it. It will get easier each time.

6. There Is a Price To Pay

Nothing comes free. Life is a compromise (this could be the genesis of another post.) In order to accomplish a task you will have to give up something that you may enjoy more. Again, understand this and accept it. Acceptance will make the act of compromise a lot easier.

7. Get Ahead of Yourself

To put it simply: avoid procrastination. The faster you begin to work on your goals, the better you will be able to attain focus and be able to concentrate, and of course, you will be able to complete the tasks that much faster. You want to avoid the discomfort of stress and pressure by leaving things to the last minute. If you begin to work on your goals ahead of schedule, you will be more able to focus and concentrate because there is nothing else to worry about except to get the job done.

8. Law of Diminishing Returns

This is an economics term: “beyond some point, each additional unit of variable input yields less and less additional output.” Know when you are too tired to concentrate and when to “give it a break.” Learn to tell when you are too tired to be productive. In my case, if I am working at my desk and I feel too tired to be effective, I put my feet up and take a 10 minute (maybe more) cat nap. This enables me to again become productive. For some it may be to stretch or to take a 10 minute walk. You might just need to eat something. Learn to recognize what your body is yearning for (this could be the makings of another post) and give your body what it needs.

9. Reward Yourself

The ideal reward for completing a job is the satisfaction that it is done and done to the best of your ability. However, that is not enough for most of us. If that is the case, then when the job is complete, allow yourself an indulgence; reward yourself. Eat some ice cream, play a video game, watch a television show, buy yourself something, etc. Allow yourself to feel good about what you have accomplished.

10. Practice, Practice, Practice

Once you have conquered the ability to focus, do not take it for granted. Continue to practice this new found skill. Take it one step at a time and follow these 10 rules. Before you know it will become second nature.

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TacticalGamer17 said...

Focus is an entirely different beast of its own, however as you get older its becomes more of a second nature. Let's just hope younger kids get to that point before getting lost in such a big culture today.But, at one point or another you have to ignore all that entertainment to get where you want to be. Remember partying will always be there a job and school will not.

Monday Morning Power said...

Wise words indeed. However, I feel that a compromise is needed which is why I included the "Reward" rule. Each individual needs to come up with hie/her own mix as well as their own set of goals. The problems, as you have indicated, that it is much easier to see this when you are no longer a kid (young adult.)

74WIXYgrad said...

Thank you for visiting my corner of the world. Have a super good day.

aussiecynic said...

very well put....10 rules is great number if it was good enough for moses it is good enough for sorry to make you feel sad when visiting my blog...have broadcast running to bring back the funnies..... ....

Anonymous said...

Did you miss out on "assess your weaknesses at the outset"?
Wonderful post!

Comedy + said...

Excellent roadmap here. I didn't expect anything less either. Very well done.

Practice, practice, practice is right on the money too. There's an old adage about doing something 10,000 times before you get it right. Have a great day. :)

Monday Morning Power said...

comedy +,
Thanks for the compliment. Practice is the key.

Priscilla Palmer said...

You have been tagged for The Personal Development List. (See my site for details), I would love it if you would participate.

Monday Morning Power said...

Hi Priscilla,
You will have to forgive me, but I do not know all of my readers by their names. I will need your site url. Your name on your comment does not provide a link to your profile. Help!

Ambre said...

I enjoyed gleaning from these 10 rules of focus. Whether or not we've read or heard such things in the past, there is always the need to readjust our inner lens as not to walk through life with a blurred vision.


Liara Covert said...

You make some very meaningful points. Lots of readers can choose to benefit. The idea of focus is also expanded on by Bob Proctor, Anthony Robbins and other motivational speakers who also act as teachers who apply The Secret. Its great we all have choices to get out of our lives what we will.