The battle for Focus is on!
As if it is not enough that we already have too much to do . . . now the “devices” have entered the fray. If it’s not your computer, then it’s your “smart” phone, or your (Dick Tracy-like) Apple watch.
You can try to focus – but then what is that text say? Or the Linked In update, or Tweet, or FaceBook message . . . much less the more normal email. (Good thing no one uses the phone any more or we would really be in trouble.)
Personally, my mantra as I go throughout the day is “focus” – I am constantly coaching myself. And the other day I was in a colleague’s office where she has a little sign on her computer in caps: FOCUS.
Here are a few little things you can do:
*Turn off “pop-ups” on your computer – most email systems have a way you can do this. While you are working on a Word document or some other project you won’t be distracted. Also, turn off Notifications on your phone.
*On Monday, make a list of the three most important things you want to get accomplished during the week. Print it out and put it somewhere visible in your workspace.
*At the beginning of every day, write down the most important thing to get done that day – keep it someplace visible in your work space (even a post it note).
The frenzied pace of today’s work world is challenging to us all. We need to FOCUS as much as we can to make an optimal Mission Impact.