How to pick your next focus

productivity Nov 08, 2023
How to pick your next focus

In this era, we learn so many things in school. However, we're never taught how to pick a goal. Today, I'll be sharing with you tips on how to pick your next focus.

The tips we'll be going over are:

  • Pick what you want
  • Pick something that has meaning to you
  • Pick something that has a lot of benefits

Picking your next focus depends on you

It's very important to understand that only you can pick the next big goal for you to achieve. The goal you decide to tackle later may be somebody else's current focus, and their later goal may be your current focus.

The point here is that it is a very individualistic process. Only you know if you really want to pursue that goal or not.

With that out of the way, let's dive in.

Pick a focus that you want to do

Have you ever watched somebody try and convince someone to do something they didn't want to do? It's like pulling teeth that aren't loose; unpleasant, uncomfortable, and you'd rather be doing something else. The same thing happens if you don't pick a goal that interests you.

To have an effective focus, you must align it with a goal that actually interests you. Without this alignment, it is very hard to engage with the associated activities.

Whatever your next focus is, it needs to come from within to make it sustainable. This way, even when you're motivation runs dry, you'll have some sort of internal drive to keep you going.

Those who struggle to keep going at certain things are simply doing things they don't want to do. It is impossible to convince someone to enthusiastically do something they don't want to do.

This initial burst of motivation will make it easier to get results earlier, which translates to momentum that keeps you going. Then, that momentum will carry to more results, which keeps you on a loop until you reach your end goal.

Pick a goal that has meaning to you

It's one thing to pick something that you want to do, but it's another for that thing to have a long-term plan or dream. In our current society, we do too many things with no long-term dream simply because somebody told us to do it. 

When it comes to picking your next focus, you need to make sure there is a meaning to it. Whatever that reason is, it has to resonate with you.

Do you want to lose weight to achieve your dream body? Do you want to learn how to draw because you've always wanted to be an artist?

The biggest mistake a lot of people make with goal setting is making their end goal very bland. Whatever your big goal is, make it something meaningful to you.

When your end goal isn't meaningful to you, it loses value. When it loses value, you lose motivation and momentum, making it harder for you to reach the end.

By picking a goal with meaning, you make it easier to sustain momentum when the going gets tough. 

Pick a focus with benefits that you want

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question of why you do what you do? Sure, you have your dreams, but what about the tangible things you obtain? What worldly benefits are you gaining? As important as your dreams are, it's also important to gain something that you can notice right away.

It's one thing to be motivated by a dream, it's another to have a tangible reason to pursue that dream. Picking a focus with desirable benefits is an easy way to find that tangible reason.

The benefits should be something that you want more than anything else.

For example, say you want to get in shape and learn how to drive a car. Each one brings its own benefits, but you'll have to prioritize which one you want first. This process will also teach you how to prioritize your goals, which leads to a natural focus being made. 

Without a tangible benefit, it can be difficult to stick to a goal. Dreams alone don't always make the cut, and eventually, the dream becomes reality; if there's nothing obtained on the other side, then it is a waste of time.

To ensure you don't waste time, make sure you pick a focus with a tangible benefit that you actually want.

Goals: the organized way to be productive

By picking a focus, you make your life more organized. It becomes easier to filter out things that aren't necessary while keeping everything that is relevant.

With a proper goal and enough effort, you can achieve more things. Just make sure to do them one at a time.

- Karl