It wasn’t that long ago when you may have experienced this situation:
Your office phone is ringing, someone there is asking you about an important project, and you’re packing up your briefcase for a three-day business trip. Suddenly, an employee strides into your office and says, “Boss, we have a problem.”
You got focused instantly. You had to!
Today, with many people working from home, maintaining focus is also challenging. Consider this scenario.
You are in the middle of your third one-hour video meeting. This meeting hasn’t been that productive and the participants’ morale seems low. You can hear a dog’s continual barking while the doorbell and home telephone ring-all at the same time. Suddenly, you are asked a question about a competitive threat to your business.
Again, you got focused fast!
Regardless of the situation, high performers have to stay focused on the task at hand.
Easy to say. But given the whirlwind of distractions around us, it’s difficult to do.
To help you concentrate better, I share an article that features strategies from 11 top performers who explain how they focus instantly. I’ve listed their strategies here:
- Slow down.
- Take water to the face.
- Envision yourself in the ring.
- Design the soundtrack of your life.
- Unleash feel-good hormones.
- Visualize the desired result.
- Engineer peak performance.
- Seclude yourself.
- Meditate on your “why.”
- Be intensely interested in the other party.
- Find your flow.
All great suggestions to consider. Read the whole article here.
Identify at least one new technique from this list to help you achieve instant focus on challenges thrown your way-because they will be thrown your way.
Whether we work at home, at the office, or on the road, as leaders, we need to know how to focus instantly so we can be ready to perform at our best.