Productivity Tips – How to focus more

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Productivity Tips – How to focus more

Productivity Tips – How to focus more

Carrie rushed out of her house in the morning to drop off her kids at school just in time for the bell. Nothing on her to-do list for the rest of the day went as planned, and she wound up finishing only three of the 10 items on her list. At the end of the day, she stopped by the grocery store. She forgot her reusable bags in the car, and despite having her shopping list in hand, she neglected to pick up two items. Her mind had been scattered in all directions throughout the day, and now she was trying to remember all those things she was sure she had forgotten. There was never a moment of focus. That is not being intentional.

 

Productivity Tips – Why aren’t we more focused?

The issue isn’t forgetting the bags or the items. That’s a symptom of something else that’s going on. The issue is that the brain’s attention is scattered and lost in a fog from the endless to-do lists and lack of focus.

This is quite typical of many people today, especially women. Women feel the perceived societal pressure of needing to have a successful professional life as well as the perfect home life with everything under control, and doing this all on our own. I use the word “perceived” because we say society is creating this pressure, but it’s not; we put this pressure on ourselves. The easiest fix for chasing this perfection is to hire someone to do everything. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option for most folks. So, what can be done instead?

It’s really important that we focus more on the present, be present in the moment, that we’re intentional with everything we do. When we rush around from here to there, our minds get jumbled up with mind clutter and more thoughts of other things we’re supposed to do, which breaks our concentration from the present.

 

Productivity Tips – The key to focusing more

This might sound counter-intuitive, but we need to take our time in order to save time. Say it with me again, brothers and sisters.

We need to take our time in order to save time.

 

That means prepping beforehand, reviewing right before the task, being intentional during the task, and reflecting on the process afterwards. Sounds crazy, right? Especially if we’re just talking about a trip to the grocery store. But it needs to happen – with every task we wish to accomplish. This is how to focus more.

 

 

Part 1: How present are you?

This time: Productivity Tips – How to focus more

Next post: 4 steps to be more present in the moment and focus more

Part 4: Questions to ask yourself in order to become more present and focused

 

For more productivity tips on how to focus more, check out our other productivity blog posts.

 

About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews including publications such as Woman’s Day Magazine and Money Magazine, as well as on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Kanban, Kaizen and time management may be fuddy duddy terms; Helene’s content-packed keynotes and workshops, however, are anything but. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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