Does anything get our absolute focus? Driving should qualify; we know that multitasking in the driver’s seat can lead to a fiery demise, but we accept the risk and simultaneously text, carry on a conversation, drink a mocha and zip around. And while wrecking is clearly a disaster, we’re constantly absorbing the less fiery outcomes of our distracted lifestyles. See if these situations sound familiar and consider our strategies for doing better….
Nothing. New. Ever: Anyone multitasking along in a constantly distracted, reactive state can forget about coming up with creative or innovative thoughts. We need time to work on our own priorities according to our own plans and without constant distractions hijacking our attention. Make a daily plan that includes time to focus, without interruption, on your priorities.
Constantly Stressed: Not paying attention makes it easy to acclimate to new stresses without recognizing their impact. Like a frog on the stovetop, we adjust as the heat increases until we’re toast. Instead of getting cooked, take up a practice like meditation or exercise, both of which are proven ways to decompress and increase wellbeing.
Always Office Hours: Only recently have we started working everywhere all the time and telling ourselves that it’s right and necessary. Despite our constant connectivity, studies indicate that productivity has not increased. It turns out that overworked employees lack creativity, suffer from stress related health problems and are less engaged. Quit the cult of overwork and take time to recharge by unplugging after a certain hour, during weekends or on vacation.
Few sources tell us to stop being busy and focus on what we’re doing. More commonly, we’re barraged with options intended to manage the chaos, but ultimately they just add to the noise. Make some magic by being your own app and choosing to get focused. It takes practice, but since the outcomes are impressive and can be recognized immediately, it’s worth giving it a try.