Staying focused is perhaps the best way to get things done. And let’s be honest who doesn’t like ticking everything of their to-do list? However, staying focused in a technology-driven world makes this difficult at times. So, what can you do?
Read on to learn some of the ways I stay focused and get things done.
“He who chases two rabbits catches none” – Confucius
Multi-tasking is a productivity nightmare. Switching between activities requires your brain to readjust and concentrate meaning lost productivity in the changeover. Focus on one thing, get it done and then move on.
Try disconnecting from technology to get work done. Turn off all notifications, reminders, alerts etc., these are just teasers for humans. Be in control of all communication and social media, go to them when you are ready to spend the time.
Meditation is one of the best, if not the best, way to calm your mind. Take time to help silence your racing thoughts and constant ‘mind chatter’ we all experience from time to time. Give it a try at the end of each day for 10 minutes.
Another way to eliminate distractions. It may be your desk, office or head, but taking the time to de-clutter will do wonders. I always spend my Sunday evening making sure my work desk is clean and I take the time to relax and unwind so my mind is clear and ready for a new week of learning. Try it this weekend and see how you feel on Monday.
Exercise creates energy, reduces stress and improves our mood and sense of happiness. Aim to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise into each day to experience the benefits.
Have clear goals and objectives in whatever you do. This will help you to stay focused and on track. Create SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Orientated) to bring structure and an ability to track progress.
“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal” – Elbert Hubbard
Simplify your life to get important tasks done. These are the tasks that make a difference to the big picture. Many of us get caught up doing tasks that are unnecessary, wasting time on things that aren’t adding value to our lives or jobs. “Time-wasters”, as I like to call them, are tasks you may perform repeatedly on a daily basis, you don’t particularly look forward to them but they need to be done. For example, you may send the same email every day. Rather than type it out each time, create a template, save it to a folder and then just personalise it each time you need to use it. This will allow more time to focus your energy on what is important and what will add value to your life and work.
These are just some of the ways I use to help me stay focused on what I need to do. Give them a go and see how much more work you get done!