In today’s internet age, it is easy to get lost in your phone or to waste hours on social media. There is more content than ever at your disposal, and that means it is easier than ever to lose focus. We often consider skills such as the ability to negotiate key to running a successful business. However, staying focused and working hard are critical skills too. Even the most talented employees can become woefully inefficient if they aren’t locked in on what they are supposed to be doing. Here are some tips for staying focused in today’s internet age.
Put Down The Phone
Our phones are essentially small computers in our pockets that allow us to reach every corner of the world. Phones can be liberating at home, but at work they are often a distraction. Resist the urge to check social media or send your best friend a text. Put the phone down and focus on what you’re there to do. If this is too hard, start by putting your phone face down on the desk for thirty minutes while you work. Steadily increase that number over time.
Lists are a fantastic way to stay organized. When we aren’t organized, our minds can wander, especially if we don’t know what we should be doing next. Lists take away all the guesswork, you know exactly what you need to be working on and when. You can start by creating a weekly to-do list. As you get better with that, move up and start a monthly one. This is great for identifying which tasks are important and which ones you can delegate to others.
Don’t Juggle Too Many Projects At Once
Don’t try to be a superhero at work. You’re still human. You can get stressed out and frustrated by taking on too many projects at once. And when you are stressed, you are more likely to focus on your phone or let your mind wander. Try to manage one or two projects at a time, so that you can remain focused throughout. You’ll find that you are more efficient and that you will be getting jobs done faster than if you tried to take them on all at once. Resist the urge to carry that burden and start working smarter. You’ll be glad that you did!
You probably aren’t going to become the most focused employee overnight. But you can steadily improve your performance over time by putting the phone down, using lists, and managing one project at a time. You’ll notice that your performance will begin to improve, and your co-workers and superiors will also marvel at how quickly and efficiently you are getting things done. Make sure that you are staying locked in whenever you clock in and start working.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.