Leaders must be efficient. They go to meetings, check items off lists, work on multiple projects at once, and meet deadlines. So, why isn’t anything done? Meaningless interactions, information overload, and distractions leave executives exhausted and unable to focus on anything else.
Every microsecond spent on a low-value interaction takes time away from important, creative, and powerful activities. Instead of managing your time, you could manage your attention. Here are some methods for doing so that may Increase your efficiency and job satisfaction.
However, it is not easy to manage your attention when challenges like constant distraction and interruptions are taunting you every second of your work. Finishing a solid eight hours of work seems nearly impossible in a world of instant access to information, co-workers, and friends. Avoiding distractions, on the other hand, is not a Tough job. Staying focused at work can be as easy as going to the gym every day. Some techniques you can use for effective focus management are:
Establish clear targets
Start making a list of your top priorities for a day, instead of saying, “I’m going to work a solid eight hours every day.” This enables you to prevent reacting to every distraction that arises. Each morning, go over your list and decide what tasks you can realistically complete that day.
Work in 60–90 minute intervals.
Our attentiveness decreases as we work, making distractions more appealing. Set a timer for each cycle and begin taking breaks near the end of each one. Listen to music, go for a quick walk, play solitaire, or go out to lunch to refocus your attention.
Distractions from the agenda
Distractions are not always bad, but you must learn how to use them effectively. Use them as a reward for finishing a large amount of work. Begin with interruptions that are beneficial to your health, such as exercising or calling friends. Set aside time in your schedule to post or browse other people’s updates if you enjoy Facebook and Twitter but stick to it. Keep in mind that the control is in your hands.
Practice not being distracted.
Meditation is a great way to do this because it is just you and your thoughts. If that doesn’t appeal to you, try single-tasking throughout the day. Simply consume at lunch. Try not to read the newspaper and check your mailbox at the same time. During meetings, do not doodle in your notebook or play with your phone.
As a result, you can devise your own methods for managing your attention while working. It is ultimately determined by your workplace culture and task assignments.
Written & Compiled by Faber Aleena
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