Focus Checklist

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This is a checklist with proven practices for improving your focus. For an elaboration of guidelines for improving focus, see Focus Guidelines.


  1. Apply concentrated effort.
  2. Batch and focus.
  3. Bite off what you can chew.
  4. Carry the good forward.
  5. Change your focus.
  6. Choose one project or one thing to focus on.
  7. Clear away external distractions.
  8. Clear away internal distractions.
  9. Create routines to help you focus.
  10. Delay gratification.
  11. Direct your attention with skill.
  12. Do less, focus more.
  13. Don’t chase every interesting idea.
  14. Enjoy the journey and the destination.
  15. Find a way to refocus.
  16. Find the best time to do your routine tasks.
  17. Finish what you started.
  18. Focus in batches.
  19. Focus on what you control and let the rest go.
  20. Give it the time and attention it deserves.
  21. Have a place to dump distractions.
  22. Hold a clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish.
  23. Have a time and place for things.
  24. Keep it simple.
  25. Keep your energy up.
  26. Know what’s on your plate.
  27. Know your personal patterns.
  28. Know your priorities.
  29. Learn to say no – to yourself and others.
  30. Limit your starts and stops.
  31. Limit your task switching.
  32. Link it to good feelings.
  33. Make it easy to pick back where you left off.
  34. Make it relentless.
  35. Make it work, then make it right.
  36. Master your mindset.
  37. Multi-Task with skill.
  38. Music everywhere.
  39. Narrow your focus.
  40. Pick up where you left off.
  41. Put the focus on something bigger than yourself – for the greater good.
  42. Reduce friction.
  43. Reduce open work.
  44. Reward yourself along the way.
  45. See it, do it.
  46. Set a time frame for focus.
  47. Set hardline goals.
  48. Set time limits.
  49. Set quantity limits.
  50. Shelve things you aren’t actively working on.
  51. Single-Task.
  52. Start with why.
  53. Stop starting new projects.
  54. Take breaks.
  55. Take care of the basics
  56. Use lists to avoid getting overwhelmed or overloaded.
  57. Use mantras and one-liner reminders.
  58. Use metaphors.
  59. Use milestones for checkpoints and progress.
  60. Use mini-goals.
  61. Use reminders and visual cues.
  62. Use the Rule of Three
  63. Write down your goals.
  64. Write down your steps.
  65. Write down your tasks.
  66. Write down your thoughts.


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