The longest chapter in every success story is the one about determination. While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of the list. If you ask any successful person, they will tell you they were not born with more determination; they always found a way to harness and use what they have more effectively. Here are three ways to harness your determination and stay focused:
Set Up Your Day the Night Before
Before you go to sleep, make some basic decisions about what you will do tomorrow, such as what you will wear, what you will eat for lunch, and the route you will take to work. It is easier to pack a healthy lunch the night before than to decide what you are going to have with a hot dog vendor parked in front of your workplace. Getting into the habit of planning your day in advance will remove your easiest decisions from the table, making it easier to avoid getting sidetracked and wasting time and energy.
Do the Most Difficult Things First
The most difficult duties will not get easier the more we fret about them or put them off. We will only waste energy that would be better spent by just digging in. Get after the hardest job of your day right away, while you are still fresh and have the energy. Research has shown that our minds are sharpest in the morning, which is why we should use the mornings to tackle our toughest jobs. After these are out of the way, we can relax and take care of the more routine work that doesn’t require much in the way of mental strain, ability, and energy.
Eliminate Distractions and Time Wasters
In life, you can bet that real emergencies will come up, causing a distraction to your normal routine. However, the majority of situations that do come up to distract us are not emergencies and do not require us to respond right away. Choose to stay mindful of what you respond to. By not responding to every small inconvenience that comes your way, you make it easier to avoid such distractions in the future, while enjoying the peace-of-mind that uninterrupted work brings.
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