Don’t you feel at times that life isn’t going as smoothly as you wish it would? Regardless of all the planning and scheduling, things are all topsy turvy. Perhaps if you give it a shot and consider this DIY one minute life hacks to remain focused, you may succeed.

1 Upon waking ask yourself this question, “What’s one thing I’m committed to doing today?”

A call to action signaling your brain to focus on your main priorities for the day. You can even jot such points down in a diary and place it in strategic locations such as your bedside table or bathroom. Just one goal per days will give you that sense of accomplishment.

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2 The three of three when you’re feeling ambitious

For increased productivity try the rule of three. Decide on the positive outcomes of three scenarios or tasks that need to be accomplished by you. Write them down in the morning. At night check out how you did and rate yourself. Increase your score every day.

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3 Make a to do list

Making a to do list should always with pen and paper as you are not liable to see one made digitally. Research shows that writing down things increases memory and helps you retain information.

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4 Unclog your inbox

Rather than signing up your email for every little site that requires it, use ‘Ten Minute Mail’, an application that provides you a method of signing up for things with a temporary email address. Say goodbye to spam forever.

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5 Turn off your email alerts and notifications

Alerts and notifications can be very distracting when you are trying to focus on a task. Turn them off for a few hours each day to fulfill your own promises of accomplishment. You also increase your own level of productivity this way.

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6 Plan out an efficient email system

Instead of randomly answering emails when you receive them, schedule breaks in your day for answering emails, text messages and phone calls. The trick is to reduce the time of interruptions so that you get work done on time.

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7 Use the two-minute method

Created by David Allen, “Author of getting things done the two minute rule helps you consider whether the tasks facing you will take longer or shorter than two minutes. If they can be done within two minutes, then get them done immediately. longer tasks can be rescheduled for later. You’ll be surprised at how much work can be accomplished this way.

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8 Use the Pomodoro Technique to get the most out of your time

Focus on a task you want to accomplish then set a timer for it for example say 25 minutes. Now try to accomplish the tasks within your given time. Focus on just this particular task for the entire 25 minutes and nothing else. When 25 minutes is over take a short break and resume again. One of the best life hacks to stay focused and get things done.

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9 Track your time to see what’s eating into it

Without knowing, you may be hindering your ability to accomplish an online task all because of an external factor taking up your time. Browse your entre online activity to see what keep you stuck the most in terms of hindering your time. Install the app Rescue Time which provides a weekly report of online activity.

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10 Hide all your recreational apps in your phone

Place all of your entertainment and distracting apps in a separate folder that isn’t obvious to you onscreen. You’ll be less likely to access such apps like a time wasting game if you need to perform extra steps to open it.

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11 Sharpen your focus

Hold a pen up 12-inches from your face. Stare at the tip of the pen for 1 minute. Focus on nothing but the pen to improve your concentration for the task ahead of you.

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12 Keep calm with deep breathing

Reduce anxiety and release tension by practicing a simple breathing technique called Box Breathing. Breathe in for four seconds. Hold your breath for 4 seconds and again breathe out on a count of 4 seconds. Repeat the procedure till you relax.

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13 Try power posing

Among life hacks to stay focused this could be a real confidence booster. Change your stance by improving it into a more confident one. Try posing with your hands on your hips and chin tilted up slightly. The second pose is to stand with your arms above your head creating a V shape as if you’ve just been victorious about something. Your chest should be puffed out abit and your chin up. Perform these stances before a meeting, interview or a task that needs to give you a confidence boost.

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