Day: February 4, 2020

6 Simple Steps to Achieve Laser-Like Focus

Does focus elude you? Do you multi-task at the cost of focusing on your more important projects? Have you ever wished that you could have laser-like focus?

Well, as we all know, there is medicine for this type of need. But I think even people who take focus-enhancing medicine will attest that unless you have a good process and discipline, you’re still not going to have great success with just a pill.

Here’s how you can achieve laser-like focus using the strength of your mind.

Eliminate Distractions

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Plan your day. This will allow your mind to be free from worry because you’ll know that you’ve scheduled your most important tasks according to priority.

Clear your desk and do it quickly. Don’t get caught up. Just remove distractions and leave the sorting for later.

See Also: 5 Reasons a Messy Desk Is Not Good For Your Productivity

Close all unrelated computer programs and eliminate noises. No TV, radio or any device that will ruin your focus. Consider getting noise canceling headphones if you work around noise. The caveat is if you are doing physical work that doesn’t require mental concentration, then use music for energy if it helps you.

Also, don’t answer the phone. That’s what voicemail is for!

Set Visual Reminders

Some people are very visually oriented and creating visual explanations helps them more. If that is you, then create some type of visual reminder of the task you are working on. It can be a little yellow sticky note right on your computer monitor or a big poster in bold red letters.

That works well for me. I highly recommend it even if it feels silly. You can also use it as a muse if your work is creative-based.

Create a Hook to Super Charge Your Interest

Many times, we have to work on things that we aren’t excited about. If that is the case, then just buck up and find a way to get interested. Focus on the benefits of completing your work. That’s why you’re doing it, right?

Tell yourself that you like it. It can help to even be silly about it. Find ways to make it fun or sexy. Find ways to make it exciting.

If you’re already working on something you’re passionate about, then focus on that and exaggerate your excitement.

Set Mini-Deadlines

Chunk the work into pieces. Plan it out on paper and use timers to stay on schedule.

See Also: 7 Super Effective Tips to Meet Deadlines Without Going Mad

Take Frequent Mini Breaks

Get up and go to a different location to stretch. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Check your progress against your daily plan. Do this when you start to feel stuck, frustrated or when you just need a break. You’ll come back rejuvenated and with better focus

Relaxed Discipline

Stay on task but don’t be harsh, critical, and stressed. This will block creativity and productivity.

Be relaxed in your approach to your work.

How?

Commit to this: “It’s ok if it’s not perfect. It’s even OK if I fail. As long as I try and keep making forward progress.”

Be disciplined in a firm way, but without harsh judgment and pressure. Supervise yourself, watch out for procrastination tendencies, and gently bring yourself back to the task if you find yourself losing focus.

What are your secrets for staying focused? When was the last time you had great success with focusing on one thing versus trying to multi-task?

Written by K. Stone, author of Life Learning Today, a blog about daily life improvements.

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Truecaller hits 200 million users

Truecaller, one of the world’s largest caller-identification service providers, has amassed 200 million monthly active users and is increasingly proving that it can turn a profit, it said Tuesday.

In India, Truecaller’s largest market, the service now has 150 million monthly active users, it said.

Reaching the 200 million milestone gives the Swedish firm a significant lead over its Seattle-based chief rival Hiya, which as of October last year had about 100 million users.

But unlike its rivals, Truecaller has expanded beyond its caller ID and spam monitoring service. In recent years, it has added messaging and payments services in some markets. Both of these are gaining adoption, said Truecaller co-founder and chief executive Alan Mamedi (pictured above) in an interview with TechCrunch.

The payments service, currently available only in India, would soon be expanded to some African markets, said Mamedi. In India, Truecaller plans to offer lending service in a few weeks, he said.

Finances

There are scores of startups in India today that are offering payments service to users. Dozens of firms, including Truecaller and giants such as Alibaba-backed Paytm, and Walmart’s PhonePe have rolled out payments service in the country that is built atop of UPI, an infrastructure developed by a coalition of banks — and backed by the government.

What makes Truecaller unique is that it is not burning so much money.

Mamedi said Truecaller was profitable in the quarter that ended in December. “It’s been a very proud moment for us, especially in an industry where most companies spend a lot of money to onboard users,” he said. Truecaller has raised about $99 million to date, per Crunchbase, and counts Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins among its investors.

Truecaller generates more than half of its revenue from ads that it serves to its users. But Mamedi said the firm’s subscription service, which offers a range of additional features including stripping of ads, is gaining traction. Today, it accounts for about 30% of all revenue Truecaller clocks, he said.

The startup will attempt to maintain this momentum — and it did so in January — but Mamedi cautioned that things may change based on immediate business decisions such as potential acquisition of startups. What happens next? IPO is on the cards, but he said the startup will take three years to be ready for that phase of its journey.

This Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon song about guys who love kicking sure is a thing

This Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon song about guys who love kicking sure is a thing

The Lonely Island‘s Andy Samberg joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to sing about the joys of high kicking. Kicking the air, kicking walls, kicking cars — their soles don’t discriminate. However, as much joy as flinging their feet into the air brings them, it isn’t without its drawbacks.

“As you can see, we clearly love to kick,” sings Fallon. “But it’s had a negative impact on relationships.”

“Girls see us kicking then ask us to leave,” continues Samberg. “Got fired from Foot Locker for kicking my boss Steve.” Read more…

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