Let me give you a brief introduction to two things that I will be writing a lot more about in the future: clean focus and clean cuts.
Clean Focus: When you are doing something without any internal or external distraction.
Clean Cuts: When you switch your focus to something else, you do not allow what you were focused on before to carry over.
We already know that the ability to focus on one thing is the most powerful tool at our disposal. We also know that distraction of any kind will kill your focus and make you both unproductive and emotionally unstable.
In every area of our lives, the ideal we should all be striving for is having clean focus and clean cuts.
A lot of people allow the problems in one area of their life to carry over the other areas of their life. For example, someone might have relationship problems and then allow it to affect their focus in lecture the next day. If they would just make a clean cut, accept that their problem is what it is and that they’ll deal with it when appropriate, then this will not happen.
Of course, this is much easier said than done. Both your focus and your ability to transfer focus from one thing to another are like muscles that will get stronger the more you train them.
But just by being aware that having clean focus and making clean cuts is what you should be striving for, you will naturally move towards that (Reticular Activation System, a subject of another post).
For now, just start observing when distractions contaminate your focus. Those moments will expose things that you need to take care of.