Of all the habits you can develop in your life and career, the ability to focus is, without doubt, one of the most important.
In this highly-pressured, rapidly-changing world, many people think multitasking is the answer to increased productivity. However, it can take up to 15 minutes to reorient yourself each time you switch gears and move from task to task.
Add this time up over one day, and you’ll see how much time you are actually losing. Focus is critical to staying on task. It produces high performance and productivity.
Focus is also key when you are getting or carrying out instructions. If you are not focused on what your boss is saying, you could be missing important details, and not complete a project properly. This may cost your team and your company precious time. It may also cost you your job.
And, finally: If you are one of the many people who are not focused on the world around them–constantly distracted by technology when driving or walking– it could cost you your life.
I cannot tell you how many people I’ve had to push out of the way of oncoming traffic in NYC because they weren’t paying attention! And texting while driving has replaced drinking and driving as the #1 cause of accidents and deaths.
So–please–stay focused. Keep your eye on the ball.
It can save your job and your life!
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan