Increase Your Focus for Better Productivity – Part 1
Do you want to increase your focus? Achieve better productivity? Calm all the external noises in your home and work like? Me too! So January, I’m focussing on The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan, the number 1 bestseller!
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Thankfully, we are just coming out of the silly season (Christmas and New Year) and our house has been, and still is, full to bursting!
We live in a gorgeous cottage, but by its nature, each room leads to the next, so it is a length of corridors. We have 2 adult children, 2 smaller children and one woofa…. And I’ve been going stir crazy! How on earth can you focus in such noise?!
The Best Christmas Gift
As one of my Christmas gifts, I asked for a book I had been recommended many times over. The One Thing. Boy oh boy, this book is AMAZING!
January is the month I have decided to focus on streamlining, organising and creating a calm in my life (at least during school hours). This will enable me to work in peace and allow my productivity to flow!
This book will change your perspective on how to prioritise your life and work, helping you achieves success, in all departments of your life.
In our lives today, we are busier than ever before. We think technology has streamlined many tasks, but instead, we are given more tools that give us more and more to do with less time to do it.
We are stressed and overwhelmed. The phrase “time management” has become taboo, since it implies there are different ways to cram even more into our already overflowing lives.
Multitasking Doesn’t Work!
The population have been lead to believe that if we don’t multitask every minute of our day we will not be productive. This can’t be farther from the truth.
Are you constantly connected to others, always holding your mobile and having many distractions that take away your focus can affect your stress levels, as well as your productivity? When you aren’t focused, you don’t get as much done as you could if you were truly focused on the task you’re doing.
Successful people have long realised that focus is the key to being productive.
Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’ ~Marcus Aurelius
Increasing your focus means you should get up each day, looking forward to what you can achieve. Being focused means you are making progress towards what is most important to you. You will feel a greater sense of productivity and fulfilment.
• Learn why your ability to focus is important in both your personal and professional life in the this Focus Blog Series.
• You’ll learn tips and strategies for gaining and keeping your focus so you can be productive in everything you do.
• Multitasking is one of the most overrated skills people claim to have.
• In this series you’ll find out why you shouldn’t be multitasking, and what to do instead.
Let’s get started.
Why is focus important?
• Why is being focused so important in today’s world?
• What results happen when you are focused?
• Does being focused make you less stress?
• If it’s so important, why don’t people focus more?
Being focused on one thing for a certain period of time allows you to do a better quality of work. You will achieve more work, it will get finished quicker, and your creative ideas flow easier. Being focused on one task at a time is less stressful on your mind. And being less stressed allows you be happier.
We are deluding ourselves if we think that we can do two things really well at the same time – Trust me!
It’s difficult for people to remain focused on one task for a variety of reasons. For one, we live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with TV, radio, mobile phones, internet, social media, as well as a much larger population that lives closer together than ever before.
THERE IS TOO MUCH NOISE!!
It’s difficult to get completely away from all these distractions. One way is to go to a room where you can shut your door and turn off your phone and email notifications.
In our home, this is pretty impossible. I’ll admit that on occasions I’ve been known to drive to the beach or a country lane, just to find some quiet! Am I alone with this?!
Focus on the One Thing
When you focus on a single task, avoiding distractions, your brain becomes focused on that task alone. This lets you complete that task much more quickly than if you are trying to complete two or more tasks at once. For instance, let’s say you need to write a blog post, do your bookkeeping for the week and research information for an upcoming speech. The best thing to do is to set aside all but one task. So, for this example, you want to give all your attention writing your blog post. That means turning off the TV, mobile phones, social media pings, closing your door and putting all your attention on writing.
By giving all your attention to the task without distraction, you can get it done much more quickly and with fewer mistakes. Your work will be higher quality as well. Another benefit of being focused is that your creativity will kick in too. You’ll come up with new ideas associated with the task at hand.
This is great if you are someone who creates in some way. This includes traditional creative types like artists, writers, photographers, designers and musicians, as well as people who create products or services, teachers, researchers, stay-at-home parents, executives, bloggers, and anyone who needs ideas. This means just about everyone can benefit.
Procrastination is your Enemy!
Focusing on one thing for a certain period of time helps you think better. Having your mind scattered over several tasks at once keeps you from thinking about what you are actually doing. You only have time to complete a task quickly before you must move on to the next one, or become interrupted. All the while you are trying to remember everything that has to be done. When you focus, you are able to think about only one thing for that period of time. Your brain cannot focus adequately on lots of things at the same time, therefore multitasking is obsolete.
Finding you focus, allows your subconscious to do the work. Think about when you learned to ride a bike or drive a car. It was difficult in the beginning, but when you began focusing on what you were doing, your subconscious took over and helped you learn. The same is true for your everyday tasks. Once you begin focusing solely on one task, your subconscious helps you do them quicker and easier.
The One Thing
If you feel scattered, or like you are trying to manage too many things (Spinnin’ Plates!), or not handling things as well as you’d like, then focus on just the One Thing.
It’s important to focus on one task at a time to become more productive, achieve better quality work and be less stressed. Focusing can help you be more creative and find your happiness and peace.
What is the one thing you can do right now so that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?
Do you want to find your purpose and passion? By devouring The One Thing, it will show you how and so much more!
This book is really helping me understand the importance of prioritising my time in a way I had never understood before. My increased productivity and the end results I am now seeing since I started to apply the ONE THING principles have been encouraging.
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