If you are anything like me, and I know you are, you’ve got a variety of things on your plate that distract you from begin able to focus on a task one at a time are faced with trying to fit a multitude of tasks into each day and usually have extensive to-do lists.
I’m often tempted to multitask, and multi-tasking seems to be a way of life but is it efficient?
If you are multi-tasking, it means you are not fully focusing on one task. The result is that you cannot give your best quality of work or thought to any task. You are being mediocre at everything.
Napoleon Hill, one of my favorite authors, says – “You cannot succeed in life by scattering your forces and trying to do a dozen things at the same time.”
Even the Mayo Clinic offers 4 ways to help you learn how to focus better – read more
Here are 5 strategies to help you focus and concentrate better:
- Prioritize the tasks you plan to focus on and want to accomplish. Be realistic – a good rule of thumb is 3 tasks for a day.
- Work in an environment that makes it possible to focus without interruptions (that means turn off the phones, e-mail alerts and social media), and which is pleasing to your senses.
- Plan and schedule what you plan to do and accomplish ahead of time. Work in focused bursts – 50 minutes, then a break, then another 50 minutes on the task, if needed. Then move onto the next task after a break. Work when your energy levels are at their peak.
- Check out this how to focus mind map that is sure to make you smile but also relate to it.
- You can download a free eBook on how to focus.
I know implementing new habits are difficult, but being able to fully focus can make a huge impact on your bottom line. Just try one strategy at a time and make it a habit and then add another, and so forth. Before long, you’ll find that you are getting more done and that it is of a better quality than if you were still multi-tasking.
With your new focusing habits, you’ll also realize the tasks that you should be delegating out, tasks that really don’t need to be done and thus can be eliminated. Being able to focus will clarify what are the most important tasks that need to be done in your business but it will also allow you to feel more freedom, less stress, and create more success.
If you need resources, let me know, as I’ve got my trusted list available to share.
My very best, Jane Morrison
Leadership & Business Development