If you’re looking to consistently create and retain focus, it is vital to limit your exposure to certain sources of information.
People these days are always tuned into something digital 24/7 whether it is Facebook LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, blogs, forums, TV, or movies. In our world today it is unavoidable to go out and not see people on their devices.
However, I’d be willing to bet, plus by occasionally observing the content people consume, that 90% or more of these sources are completely valueless. There’s almost no point to what most people tune into, because they’re looking to be entertained or distracted from their daily life.
As someone looking to hit all types of pre-set achievements and goals, it is crucial not to be sidetracked by some of that noise at least some of the time. This goes perfectly hand-in-hand with deciding what you will dwell on and create.
Ambitious people are not immune to getting sidetracked, but their information normally comes from productive and actionable sources. They too can get lost in mountains of info of personal development, skill-building, actionable steps to greatness, and industry research.
Either way can be harmful if you don’t limit your exposure to it.
Define Your Actions: Working Or Researching?
Most of the time you can divide actions taken toward tasks into two main categories: working or researching. When you’re not sure what you’re doing at that very moment, stop and ask yourself: “Am I working or researching right now?”
Oftentimes the lines will merge, but it’s important to decide which one you are looking to achieve the results in. If you’re gathering data, for instance, you will realize that researching is the most important. If you have an important task you want to get done by a certain time, it’s beneficial to keep your eye on the work to be completed.
When you’re mixing the two of these, just focus on which one is more important to you at the time. Sometimes you’ll need to gather some extra info while you are working. Make sure to limit this to a specific amount of info or a time limit, then get back to work.
Limit Your Exposure To Social Media By Setting Aside a Time
Social media is great.
Uncontrolled, it can become a monster. You will find yourself with 10 open tabs of articles you want to read, videos to watch, and speeches you want to save for later.
It’s easy to get sucked into this portal for upwards of an hour. However, this is detrimental to forward progress.
Social media is such a powerful global connection that it can be used to link up with amazing minds from every country in the world.
If you’re using it for business, furthering your online presence, or connecting with networks, that’s great. If you’re snapping Instagram photos of every meal, unless you’re a food business blogger, it’s going to be a waste of energy and time.
Allow me to remind you that everything you ever do is building your personal brand.
Perhaps when you post photos about food, and complaints about every aspect of your life, you are imprinting images of yourself on people’s minds. Not that you should care what people think at all, but if you want people to take you seriously and respect your moves, you might want to reconsider.
If people don’t think they can build with you, they won’t even try, and the opportunity will be glossed over in an instant.
Therefore, it is vital for your productivity and sanity to set certain times in the day that you will check social media, including messenger, tweets, and your news feed.
There are powerful apps that limit access to your newsfeed and you can turn them off when you’re done working. These have helped me tremendously.
There are other apps that force you to stand up and take a break at time intervals you set. This is important for the online business owners.
Be Careful About Who You Listen To
Taking this a step further, your newsfeed and intake of content from other sources should also filter people out who have nothing to add to your life.
If you want to keep up with positive people who are doing cool things, this is understandable. But if every four seconds you see something draining your energy from a person who brings people down, that is not empowering.
Keep the content you take in positive, empowering and constructive. Be uplifted by others’ successes, contact people and congratulate them, and keep information and people you can learn from close by.
Fill your stream of resources with only the best so you can be positive that you are learning something every time social media is used.
This is a completely separate approach to the way the masses use social media. Most people tune in, update everyone about some menial thing, complain a bit or snap food pictures.
Producers use the advertising features built into these platforms like FB and Pinterest to gather specific eyeballs they can build communities around and market to. They are proactively looking for multiple ways to leverage these massive traffic-machines we call social media platforms.
Don’t get sucked into the endless stream of mindless content. Even if you’re constantly pursuing helpful content, don’t let it rip you away from your work.
Productivity Hacks to Limit Your Exposure
There are many easy things you can do when you’re seeking to be more focused on the main goal.
1.Set Aside a Specific Time for Social Media Activities & Have Specific Target Tasks
Limit your time on social media but also decide why you’re there. What are you looking to achieve with it? Focus on the main social media goal for the day and get it done.
2.Open Up Articles & Resources to Save Them For Later
If you find something interesting and helpful, but it doesn’t contribute to the goal for the day, just set it aside and limit your exposure you get to these things to a time later in the day. Then, you can enjoy it after you’ve completed your work and hopefully gain something valuable to apply in business or life.
3.Un-follow or Delete People Who Don’t Contribute Value
You can have your group of friends, but if you’re not careful you actually become the people you hang around. You will think similar thoughts and in similar ways if you’re constantly around certain types of people.
You’re in control of changing this, so be careful who you’re paying attention to and learning from. If what they put out into the world isn’t helpful or positive, just don’t pay any more attention to it. Different features online make this easy to limit your exposure.
4.Follow and Learn From People Who Are Where You Want to Be
There’s more to growth than just deleting old friends who aren’t going anywhere. You’ve got to supplement those spaces with higher influences and people who are already where you want to be in life.
A big part of limiting the exposure you get to low-value information is increasing the amount of high-value information you take in.
Follow the thought leaders, listen to the innovators and don’t pay attention to people who aren’t helping others out and achieving success.
In our current world of millions of advertisements, updates on social media, e-mail newsletters and more, you’ve got to ruthlessly channel out things that are not in line with your goals.
Otherwise, it may take two, three or four times as long to get to where you want, and this is the opposite of cutting your learning curve down.