So how do we learn to focus... to take the time to do what we need to do to be successful?
The best way to learn how to focus is to make our behaviours a habit. Do the things that you want to do until they become as natural as breathing. This will hone your focus. So if I want to write another novel. I need to write every day, even if I only start for 10 minutes a day. Aside from all of the distractions, I know that I need to write EVERY day. I need this to become a habit.
I can compare this to smoking (and giving it up) Aside from the fact that cigarettes contain chemicals which are addictive, the single biggest contributor to failure to quit smoking is that it becomes a habit. So even once my body was free of the addictive chemicals it was the ingrained habit which still threatened to pull me back in.
So if you want to hone your focus on something then you need to make that behaviour a habit. If you want to get fitter and healthier then you need to make exercise a daily habit. The best thing about doing something every day is that it also improves the ability to do that activity.
Write every day and you have to improve the more you write, walk every day and you'll be able to walk further for longer the more you keep doing it.
Research says that it ranges anywhere from 21 - 28 days to create a new habit. There's no hard and fast rules on how long it takes.
How to create a habit in 15 days - Dragos Roua
Focus Free Manifesto - free e-book by Leo Babauta from Zen Habits Blog
18 Tricks to make new habits - Lifehack Blog
You'll be surprised how making something a habit can strengthen your focus and make the impossible entirely possible. As Leo Babauta says " This stuff works. And it’s tremendously liberating to discover that you can find focus, you can simplify, and you can change your life"
Hope something here helps you to fine-tune your focus and achieve your hearts desire.
“The sun’s energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass, it can start a fire. Focus is powerful.” ~ Alan Pariser