Focus to Increase ProductivityBusiness
Focus is defined as the center of activity, attraction or attention. The importance of maintaining your focus in business is key to producing quality work in a timely fashion. How often do you start working on a project, presentation or task and lose your focus? The act of writing this blog takes my complete attention and focus. When I’m locked in, I can complete a quality blog in a short amount of time. On the contrary, if I’m easily distracted, it becomes time consuming and cumbersome.
Follow these 3 tips to maintain your Focus:
1. Define Your Priorities
To make something focus worthy, you need to make it a priority. Make a list of the things that are most pressing. Whether it’s a project with a looming deadline or a dinner party that you need to host, make it a priority and give it your utmost attention. Divide your list among professional and personal and don’t allow the two to overlap. Prioritize your to-dos and give your attention to the one at the top of the list.
2. Quiet Your Mind
To sustain your focus, you must detach from your thoughts and quiet your mind. Victor Davich, author 8-Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind, Change Your Life, teaches an 8-minute meditation technique that includes three simple steps of positioning, breathing and detaching from your thoughts. Being mindful means being present, explains Davich. “Once you are present and centered and here, your mind will naturally quiet down.” There have been times where I’ve found a quiet place so that I could focus on the task at hand without interruption.
3. Create a Functional Workspace
I’m not a huge fan of file cabinets because whatever is out of sight, is often out of mind. However, if you have something that deserves your uninterrupted attention, you need to clear the clutter and ensure your workspace is free of distraction. Take 15 minutes daily to either file or discard of papers. When you go to complete a project, the last thing you need is a bill catching your eye at the corner of your desk and throwing you off track. Additionally, make sure that your workspace has adequate lighting and that the temperature is set just right. These factors play a huge role in creating a comfortable environment, which allows you to stay present while focusing on the task at hand.
Bruce Lee, the revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker, understood the importance of focus. “His ability to focus was the result of experience and discipline. Bruce realized early on that what separated the good from the exceptional, was the concentrated mind. To develop his mind into a weapon he took the lessons that life gave him and molded them to his advantage.” Bruce once said, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
We may not all be a Bruce Lee, but we can adopt his practice of finding focus by defining our priorities, quieting our minds and creating a functional environment. Remember, at the end of the day, you get what you focus on. Regardless of your end game, define your focus and pursue it relentlessly.
Written By: Jodie Mateu, VP of Special Events & Productivity, and Franchisee