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If you find yourself losing focus; always chasing too many things at the same time, you’re not alone. This is a common mentality in our Nigerian society due to the desire to “get rich” quickly. 

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However, you can’t afford to have this mindset if you’re looking to grow in your endeavours. Just focus on one thing. Success often comes with laser focus. And this kind of focus is often achieved by focusing on one thing.

Here’s why you should focus on one thing. 

You’re less prone to anxiety and stress

It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking you can power through multiple goals at the same time. However, with more responsibilities comes more anxiety and stress.

Facing the anxiety that comes with doing many tasks will leave you burned out, stressed, and anxious. When you concentrate on doing one thing, you can invest less of your mental and physical energy into that thing without facing burnout.

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You get the chance to become an expert

In a world that values expertise more than ever before, it pays more to focus on one thing over a long period. Doing too many things at the same time can prevent or delay you from acquiring expertise. Instead, you become a jack of all trades and master of none — a status that can have adverse effects in our fast-paced world.

You’ll have time for other areas of your life 

Focusing on one thing — in this context — means focusing on only one thing within one area of your life. For example, focusing on one thing in your career may mean focusing only on becoming a content creator instead of trying to learn software development and video editing on the side. Doing this allows you to have time for other areas of your life.

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This means that when your career is based solely on becoming a content creator you’ll have time for activities in other areas of your life — hobbies, family, mental health, and social life.

You can think big and do big 

Trying to do too many things at once may lead you to chase small goals in each of these things. And even if you try to chase big goals in any of them, you may end up too overwhelmed to achieve any of these goals. When you focus on one thing, you can set big goals and have greater odds of achieving them. There’s no harm in thinking big as long as you set SMART goals, have a good plan, and stay consistent; focusing on one thing makes this easier to achieve.

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This article was first published on 5th May 2022


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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