It is without question
the nature of the
mind that when it is
earnestly applied to
one interest it must
neglect many others.
- FRANCESCO PETRARCH
WITH TECHNOLOGY, OPEN OFFICE
ENVIRONMENTS, AND MILE LONG TASK
LISTS, STAYING FOCUSED CAN BE HARD.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE KEEPING
YOUR THOUGHTS IN ONE PLACE, KEEP
THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES IN MIND.
Remove any and all visual distractions. For example: You leave
your car keys on your desk. The car keys remind you that you
need to get gas on your way home. Then, you start to think of
what else you need to do when you get home. Maybe you’ll
even think about what you’re going to have for dinner. Before
you know it, you completely forget what you were focusing on
just a few minutes prior.
Whether it’s your car keys or feeling guilty about something
you said earlier in the day, distractions can be external or
internal. You may not be able to remove the distraction
completely. However, it never hurts to ask yourself about
what actions you could take to minimize it.
SOURCE OF YOUR
When possible, put away any technogy-
related distractions when you’re trying to
focus on the task at hand. Turning off
notifications isn’t enough because just
seeing your cell phone could trigger you to
Noise distractions are constant and
unavoidable. Consider effective ways to block
out the office chatter, such as listening to
music. Go the extra mile and choose to listen
to music without words. Lyrics in a song may
trigger memories or take your mind
If you’re finding it impossible to rid yourself of
workplace distractions, try relocating to a place
with less activity. This is especially effective if
you’re being constantly interrupted by coworkers,
customers, or even your boss.
In order to truly focus, your physical, mental, and
emotional energy must be in sync. If staying focused
becomes a serious problem, determine which of
these three is most limiting to you and take
necessary actions to improve in that specific area.
Consistently staying focused is DIFFICULT. After a
short while it’s inevitable for your mind to look
for distractions. Try switching between mental
and physical tasks to give your mind a break.
PLAY “PING PONG”
WITH YOUR TASKS
Never assume that just because you look busy that you
will be left alone. Take the initiative and explain the
importance of being able to focus. People will be very
understanding of this considering it’s significant to your
productivity and the team’s success.
As you find focusing becoming a habit, seek out ways
to extend the time spent on a task without switching.
One way to do this is to plan a small reward, such as a
few minutes on social media or a quick snack break.
PLAN A REWARD
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