In the world we live today, it’s easy to think that being ‘busy’ directly translates to “I’m an important person” or “I’m living a full, engaged life.” Being busy (or looking busy) has somehow become a valid excuse for not actually getting much work done at all! So how can we start being time-wise and productive instead of inefficient and time poor? Check out Cali’s favourite tips below.
The best place for all of us to learn how to focus is to find out what can easily interrupt our focus. If it’s possible, have someone keep an eye on you at work one day and ask them to let you know when it seems as though you’re no longer focused. If you have to multitask, the “big picture” can often be easily overlooked for the daily pressures of the “small picture”, so to avoid falling into that trap, test out this commonly used experiment… For five days, schedule and stick to fewer but longer blocks of focused time to get the most important stuff done. Start with blocking 40 to 45 minutes each day to focus on the bigger projects and so move them forward.
2. DITCH THE ‘SHOULD’
We all have a long list of what we ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be doing. Instead of constantly sitting in a negative mindset (which only serves to cloud your focus and pull you away from what you’re actually accomplishing) take a moment to break down the steps you need to take control of your goal and then weigh up whether the specific task you are engaged in is getting you there or not. Trust us, this works and from there it is a lot easier to decide whether to say “yes” or “no” to your planned “next steps”.
3. ZERO DISTRACTIONS
Realising that your focus can be fractured in the face of distractions is vital to being productive – both visual and auditory distractions are as bad as each other. Take a look around your workspace and decipher what pulls your focus away from your tasks at hand. It could be your phone lighting up with message notifications (visual) or the tweet when a message comes through (auditory). In today’s fast paced and interconnected world, the plethora of all our little distractions can fool us into thinking we’re actually being busy and productive, while all they are really doing is destroying our focus and our rates of achievement. Try to minimise the distractions one by one and see what a difference it makes to your workflow.
OK, SO THE GIST IS…
Correctly turning all those “busy times” into “productive times” will better help you complete what’s really important on your hit list. With a clear objective, uninterrupted focus and a well-constructed schedule, not only will you achieve your goals in record time, but you’ll do it with confidence and top-shelf personal satisfaction! Go get em’ tigers!