You’re in the middle of a crazy day, and your eyes are darting everywhere: emails, texts, Facebook…you name it. Your anxious, emotional self is amping up, and you need your practical self to dial things down.
Focus relieves the discomfort of distraction and helps you take control.
You only have so many hours in a day, so learn to take control over your time. There are many ways to do this. Here are 3:
1. Learn how to prioritize: You must be able to choose the most important tasks. I like this rule of thumb: Prioritize according to the revenue line. Meaning, what’s most important to your company and its goals, which usually entails making money, saving money, growing market share, and making your customers happy.
2. Avoid multitasking: It’s a myth. It actually hurts productivity and costs time. According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, it takes your brain four times longer to recognize and process each thing you’re working on when you switch back and forth between tasks.
3. Silence the Pavlov’s Dog response: Turn the sound cues off on your devices. That way, you don’t hear a “ping” every time a message comes in, interrupting what you’re doing. Trust me, just as nicotine was put into cigarettes to affect addiction, those annoying technical cues are there for a reason too.
Focus relieves anxiety because you are not wasting time guessing, or feeling guilty, or worrying. Focus brings you into the present moment, where you need to be.
So, calm the emotional with the practical: Focus.
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan