Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tips for Getting Focused - Part 1

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One of the biggest problems that cause inefficiency at work is losing focus. When we lose focus it is hard to get it back. When we are focused we tend to do a better job at the task at hand and we also get it done faster, so focus is critical if you want to be considered a good employee.

Here are a few tips to keeping your focus:

Do Things That Take the Most Concentration First.

Most people are more focused and attentive at the beginning of the day so plan to do things that require a lot of concentration then. It may be tempting to start your day off with easy things but simple tasks are better left to mid-afternoon or the end of the day when our focus is waning.

Make Sure Small Tasks Are Done Daily

If you don’t get those little tasks that have to be done regularly done every day guess what happens? They build up! And the more they build up, the less likely you are to want to do them. And then all you can think about are those hundred little things that you need to take care of and you lose focus. So just do them daily and then you won’t have to worry about them!

Have a Plan for Time Management

The people who have the biggest issue with time management are those that don’t have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So have a plan to manage your time. That might involve using an electric or online calendar (like Outlook or Google Calendar) or you may choose to have an “old fashioned” day planner (as old fashioned as some might consider them they can be very effective). Some people include lists in their time management plan and they can be very effective if used consistently.
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