The 8 Barriers That Prevent You From Being Productive (And What to Do About It).

Mayo Oshin
9 min readNov 3, 2018


Never has it been so hard in human history, to avoid distractions and stay focused on our most important tasks, than in today’s distracted digital world.

Every morning, you wake up determined to stay focused and finish the most important tasks on your ‘To Do List.’ But then, what happens?

As soon as you’re awake, a million and one things begin to pull your attention in different directions.

And despite your best attempts to stay on track, you can’t help but be easily distracted — almost like a squirrel — and get buried in the minutia.

To solve this problem, you attempt to multitask between checking your emails, scrolling on social media feeds, clicking on links online, attending meetings, saying yes to people’s urgent requests, and responding to phone texts. But, what is the result of this lack of focus?

At the end of the day, you feel exhausted, stressed, disappointed and defeated, because you wasted the entire day dealing with every little distraction, and never got round to finishing your most important tasks.

And worst of all, you feel like you’re falling behind on your goals and life is slipping away.

This vicious cycle repeats itself day in and day out.

Fortunately, in the course of my extensive research over the years, I’ve discovered the 8 common barriers that cause this lack of focus. And designed a solution to help you stay focused and achieve your potential.

Do any of these sound familiar?

1. “I have too many ideas and never finish anything.”

You get excited to start many ideas and goals — to write, exercise, read more, wake up early, spend more time with family and so on — but after a short while, you begin to procrastinate and fail to finish any one of your ideas. Each idea almost feels like a book that you’ve read 10 pages into, but then, you abandon it and pick up another one to read.

2.“I know what I am supposed to do but I always get distracted and end up wasting the whole day without progressing towards my goal.”

Your entire day is spent dealing with a hundred and one little things — easily distracted by digital devices and/or other people’s urgent requests — but you never get started or finish the important stuff. And at the end of a long day, you struggle to follow through on your plans because you’re exhausted and explain away your procrastination by saying “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

3. “It feels like my brain is wired to only focus on one thing for 5 seconds!”

You struggle with “multitasking addiction,” and can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time, even though it kills your productivity. At work, you’re constantly switching your attention between tasks, and at home, you struggle to stay present with your spouse and family.

4.“I have a tendency to overthink on tasks to make it perfect to my satisfaction.”

You find yourself spending too much time and money buying books, researching on the internet and planning, instead of taking action towards your goals.

5. “I get excited by the last hour adrenaline rush to do things.”

You have a tendency to wait till the last minute to get things done. But, this bad habit leads to overwhelm, poor results and lack of trust from other people.

6. “I never seem to make enough time for anything.”

You feel like time escapes you and you’re always running out of time that could be spent with the people and projects that matter most to you.

7.“I tend to feel overwhelmed and in need of a break.”

You constantly feel exhausted and stressed, and can’t seem to catch a break from the daily chaos of life. You’re overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of information, emails, notifications and urgent requests from people at work and home.

8. “I tend to have super productive days and then waste time for days afterwards.”

You’re determined to stay productive for a period of time, but after a few days you’re back to square one. You feel helpless because you keep trying to stick to productive behaviors, but can’t figure out how to do so.

Here’s the good news: focus is a skill that can be developed and mastered, just like art.

I’ve spent years researching, writing, public speaking and self-experimenting with the best practical ideas from science, philosophy and history, for better focus and productivity.

And today, I’m going to show you the best of these strategies that will help you master the art of focus. And stop procrastinating, eliminate distractions, reclaim up to 10 hours a week and focus on what matters most (without the stress).

But before that, I’d like to share three of my written articles that will help you resolve some of the problems listed above:

  1. 5 Things to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas and Never Finish Anything.
  2. How to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions Even If You’re Under Pressure
  3. 9 Ways Multitasking is Killing Your Brain and Productivity, According to Neuroscientists.


Introducing The Art of Stress-Free Focus

The Art of Stress-Free Focus is an online (on-demand, watch at any time) class created to help you beat procrastination, eliminate distractions, and create more space to focus on your most important relationships and projects.

The seminar is filled with practical strategies based on proven scientific research and ideas from the habits of high-achievers across a wide range of fields.

Here are 10 things you’ll learn inside…

1. Train your brain to stay focused on an important task, even if there are a million and one distractions fighting for your attention.

2. Stop procrastinating, get started and finish whatever you set out to do.

3. Create more quality time to spend on the things that matter most to you.

4. Focus on one thing at a time, instead of jumping from one idea to the next.

5. Prioritize your time better and avoid wasting valuable time on the least important things.

6. Take action in the face of your fears, self doubts and uncertainties.

7. Eliminate stress and overwhelm caused by distractions and time-wasting activities.

8. Make productivity a lifetime habit, rather than a once in a while event.

9. Follow through on your plans, even if you get bored easily or you’re no longer passionate about a goal.

10. Gain clarity on what you really want, and how to best spend your time.

Just like art, focus is a skill that can be developed and mastered. Inside the seminar, you’ll learn the best strategies that will free you to focus, and finally…

  • Sit down, write and publish a book.
  • Exercise regularly and get into the best shape of your life.
  • Contribute significantly more at work, become valuable at what you do, secure your dream promotion, and earn your ideal income.
  • Spend more quality time with your spouse, children and friends.
  • Start and build a profitable business.
  • End your day free from stress, feeling satisfied and confident about yourself and your life.

Today, I’m making it available to you at a discounted price, only if you act now. This discount is only available until Tomorrow midnight eastern time (Eastern Time).

Learn more and Enroll here


Focus is the key that unlocks our hidden potential. It’s the difference between success and failure. Greatness and mediocrity.

Need proof? Here are the words of some of history’s greatest men and women…

  • “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals.”

Michael Jordan, six-time NBA champion and 10-time NBA scoring leader. Widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.

  • “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

Mark Twain, writer and novelist. Published works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

  • “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and founder of American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T).

  • “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

Winston S. Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who led Britain to victory in the Second World War.

  • “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

Pablo Picasso, painter. One of the most influential artists in the 20th century.

Here’s all the details you need to know…

When: The Art of Stress-Free Focus Seminar will take place on November 9, 2018 at 1 PM Eastern Time (New York City Time Zone). Note: You don’t need to watch the live seminar on this date. If you can’t watch it live, no problem, afterwards you’ll still have unlimited access to re-watch the seminar recordings at your own pace, forever!

Where: The seminar will be broadcast live on the internet (you’ll be sent an access link on the day), so you can watch it with your phone, tablet or laptop.

Length: Total of 2 hours. The seminar lasts for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers.

Resources: Video, audio and PDF worksheets downloads are included with your purchase. Plus, additional bonus resources for tools, books, and more.

How is this different from what’s already available out there?

  • Proven scientific research: The ideas covered in the seminar have been extensively researched and battle-tested by expert scientists, high-achievers throughout history, myself and thousands of readers over several years, so you can be confident that you’ll only learn the best ideas that’ll most likely work for you.
  • Practical and easy to implement. The seminar is highly practical, and filled with examples that are easy to implement in your life today.
  • Engaging stories. During the seminar, you’ll hear great stories that will keep you from being bored to tears, and help you remember the most important ideas.
  • Tailored for busy people. There’s no time-wasting during the seminar. The content is delivered in a practical, easy to understand way, free from fluff, or filler — there’s no faffing about, the information is delivered straight to the point.

In short, everything you need has been carefully handpicked and put together for you in this seminar.

Backed by a 100% Lifetime, Risk-Free Guarantee

Here’s the deal. If you apply the strategies in the seminar and your life doesn’t improve within 30 days or less, I think you should get your money back.

If you’re not satisfied, just send me a message and I’ll refund your full purchase. Plain and simple.

This way I hold myself accountable in ensuring that you get the most value for money, and most importantly, it’s risk-free for you to try.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

How much is an extra 10 hours each week worth to you?

Henry Ford, the late billionaire automobile business magnate, once said:

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”

The Art of Stress-Free Focus Seminar is filled with strategies that will help you shave up to 10 hours off your work week, avoid wasting time and get ahead in life.

Imagine what you could do and how far ahead you’d get in your life and work, if you had an extra 10 hours each week?

Assuming you earn $30 an hour, that’s an extra $300 saved per week. $1,200 per month. And $14,400 saved per year (based on a typical 40 hour workweek).

And that doesn’t include the non-monetary benefits of reduced stress, improved confidence, work satisfaction and better relationships with your spouse, family and friends.

If you do the quick math, this seminar isn’t an expense, it’s an investment that will recover its cost within a week and yield returns for a lifetime. Plus, it’s completely risk-free for you to try.

Ready to Get Ahead in Life and Work?

Take a look and see what you think

Thank you for your support,


P.S. If you’re nervous about making the investment, don’t worry. The seminar is backed a 100% life time, risk-free guarantee. This means, if you’re not satisfied with it, send me a message and I’ll refund your full purchase. No questions asked.

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