I have a nice step by step thinking process. It's a list with bullet points like "center" "increase options for knight" "exchange bad bishop" "check for weaknesses on both sides" "improve position of pieces" "develop" and many more, which I go through every move. I play a lot better when considering all of that.
The problem is as soon as I play against someone somewhere on the board a lot of noises and tasks like notation or a clock are distracting me and put me under pressure and I lose focus. My thinking process gets too long for those situations. I tried out shorter thinking methods like CCT (Captures, Checks, Threats), but they never helped me as much as my own method.
How can I shorten the list`? What is REALLY important in chess?
I hope for some advice from strong players! Thanks in advance!