For many of us, our “new normal” job means that we’ve inherited work from others, are multitasking 24/7 and may have responsibilities for which we have little training and interest. In addition, we’re expected to produce positive results with few resources. Given these circumstances, it’s not surprising that maintaining focus and staying engaged can be a major hurdle.
With so many simultaneous demands on your time, sustaining focused energy is no longer an option. It’s a “must-have” skill for doing your job well and keeping your position viable. Are you “hard-wired” to stay focused on a situation or task in spite of distractions, fatigue and boredom? What practical tools and techniques can help you make the best of your innate strengths, mitigate your challenges, stay focused and spend more time and energy on what you like doing best – while still getting all your other work done?
Are you expected to deliver maximum productivity and results despite interruptions, an excessive workload and other obstacles?
Try instituting the following to help you stay focused and engaged:
1. Assess your “hard-wired” strengths and weaknesses
2. Implement behaviors to help you stay energized and engaged
3. Identify the three most important factors for getting instant clarity and focus
4. Set up your environment to work for you, not against you
5. Implement techniques for eliminating your worst interruptions
6. Identify the “resistance” (i.e. Skype, checking emails) in your systems that throw you out of focus
7. Minimize negative energy that saps your strength
8. Utilize the right sensory tools for you: auditory, visual or tactile
9. Understand why you experience attention and focus challenges
10. Slow down so you can speed through your day’s work
Let’s face it. We CAN’T DO IT ALL, even though we think we can. So, what steps are you going to take to help you stay focused and engaged?