THE ART OF FOCUS | WORKING FROM HOME
As everyone all over the world continues to self-isolate, lets talk focus, and specifically how you can do this at home. The likelihood is that you’re now surrounded by more distractions than ever, perhaps it’s your family, the laundry, the refrigerator, your cuticles, or the fact that you can’t remember the last time you watered the house plants.
Losing focus can take seconds, however gaining it back takes a lot longer than you might think.
So, how can we action exceptional focus at home? Watch the full video below:
Gloria Mark, a professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, has proven that it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds just to re-focus after losing it.
Who knew that quick scroll of your Instagram feed could carry such dire consequences to your productivity?
So here are a few tips on how you can execute exceptional focus at home…
PROBLEM NUMBER 1: The setup – separate your personal from your professional
Lastly set some boundaries with yourself, your family or your room mates. Let them know well in advance your working hours, and your hours for socializing.
Next, dress the part. Even though you’re at home it can be beneficial to get ready for work in the same way you would if you were going into the office.
Set up a dedicated home office with all the things you require to work efficiently.
PROBLEM NUMBER 2: Indecisiveness
Your quality of focus is more about what you DON’T do as opposed to what you do do? Saying a big fat decisive YES to saying NO will allow you the freedom to focus on what really matters. In fact, Warren Buffet has a wonderful method in determining exactly what to say NO to so you’re able to say yes to what’s most important.
So simple and yet so powerful. This method is wonderful in helping you determine what deserves your focus and what doesn’t in your career. It’s also a method you can use to determine bigger life goals as well as determine what needs your attention in any given week, a habit that could easily be adopted on a Sunday evening or Monday morning.
So, first things first, take out your pen and paper and write down your top 25 goals, once again either for career, life or for the next working week.
Once you’ve written down your 25 goals circle your top five, the most important goals you really want to accomplish.
Now you have two lists, your Top 5 list of the most important goals, and a second list of 20 other goals. An A list and a B.
Now comes the point where one must, as Faulkner once said, kill your darlings.
Do you have questions or thoughts about executing exceptional focus at home? Include them in the comments below, that’s where the most important conversations happen, and where you can begin to find your community!