Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Getting Focused

With all the possibilities that life holds for you in your future, one of your biggest enemies in your quest for greatness is closer to home than you may think.  Procrastination is a terrible problem that if left unchecked will deny you from living to your potential; promotions will be passed over you, and opportunities will be missed.  With that in mind, here are some ways I've managed to maintain focus in my own career.

1.) Vary the assignments: You've been working on this big report for the past two hours and now feel drained.  For some reason, you just can't seem to get around to finishing it.  It's quite possible that you're just bored from working on the same thing for so long.  Instead, try mixing things up for a bit and work on another assignment for 30 minutes or so.  This will allow your brain to switch gears and hopefully get that much needed kick start so that you can return to your original assignment with verve and vigor.

2.) Get up and stretch: If you have the privilege of working in a sedentary job, then you might be forced to sit at a cube all day.  May sure you get up and stretch at least once every hour.  You need to get blood flowing back into your legs and other extremities, otherwise over time you could develop blood clots.  One way to give yourself an excuse to get up is to drink a whole bunch of water which will make you go to the bathroom.  Hopefully your bathroom is on the other side of the building.

3.) Listen to some music:  Sometimes your work environment can be distracting with the noise of multiple conversations, computers humming, printers printing, and telephones ringing.  This can cause a type of dissonance in your mind which may be very distracting.  Try listening to some music (preferably via headphones).  Music will not only cut out the cacophony, but will allow you to focus more on just one noise.  This often clears my mind and lets me focus on the task at hand.

4.) Take a walk: Finally, when all else fails, I need to take a walk.  A walk is a chance to literally and figuratively take your mind away from the situation at hand.  It gives you a chance to contemplate your problems before you and explore solutions that you might have not otherwise thought of.

Don't let procrastination rule your life.  Try some of the above tactics next time your having problems with getting things done.

Wonderful Moment of the Day: Playing with my cat in the yard.

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