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10 In-Depth Strategies to Improve Your Focus and Produce High-Quality Work

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10 In-Depth Strategies to Improve Your Focus and Produce High-Quality Work
Work plans, strengthening creative cognition, and more. Back in 2015, Microsoft Canada published a report infamously concluding that humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish. According to the study, the average human attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds compared to an average of 8 seconds in 2013 (the average attention span of goldfish is 9 seconds).

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Practice Slow Work

When we react to every little thing that comes up at work, we lose focus and attention.

Counter this by scheduling extra time to complete a task, engaging in single-tasking, and set...

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Develop a Stress Management System

Develop a Stress Management System

Stress is unavoidable, but we can create systems to decrease its influence over our capacity to work. These systems vary from person to person but they often include meditation, ae...

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Seek To Explain

Memorization doesn’t necessarily mean learning. The test for whether you understand a subject or not is the capacity you have to explain your subject or argument. 

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Improve Your Creativity.

Improve Your Creativity.
Implementing activities into your daily life such as reading fiction, writing in different tones and styles, and even participating in arts and crafts can foster creativity.
Creativity c...

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Use It Or Lose It

You need to feed your brain proper stimuli in order to counter degeneration. An active cognitive lifestyle requires continually feeding your brain activities that are intensive, repetitive, and ...

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Intense Work In Frequent Bursts

Set up a system where you focus on a specific project intensely for 25 minutes at a time, followed by a 5 minute break. Repeat this process 3–4 times and then take an extended break for abou...

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Set Several Deadlines

To manage stress from whatever you’re working on, set specific deadlines for each step of your project. This will create a system for your project, which will deal with some of the common uncert...

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Meditate On Your Task

Writing your ideas and meditating on them is important so you don’t commit to a flawed idea for lack of thought. It’s also good to give yourself some time and do other things as our brain...

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Make a Daily Or Weekly Work Plan

Schedule ahead of time your day and revise it accordingly as unexpected tasks pop-up.

It’s less about how much gets done and more about establishing a vision as to how your work day...

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Single-Task

Unless the task requires, keep only one or two windows open simultaneously. Don’t keep them minimized either, close them and reopen only if you are taking a break or the task at hand is fini...

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Prepare Your Brain

Take a minute or two to sit in a comfortable position and breathe deeply into your stomach.

Let your body calm down before you approach your work. You’ll find it rea...

Where Your Focus Needs To Be

Take the time to identify what deserves your focus for the year, for the month, for the week, and for the day. Then look at your calendar and block time dedicated to focus.

Unplug For 30 Minutes

If you need to focus, log out of email and social media. Log out for 30 minutes either at the beginning of the day or for a period in the afternoon. You won’t believe how much you can get done when you’re not always interrupting yourself to return emails.

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Shockingly Unproductive

  • Studies show that employees spend more than five hours per day reading and replying to emailsWhile it may seem like urgent work, email is not the best kind of work.

Facilitate Deep Work

A few smart strategies that can be deployed:

  1. Installing pods for deep work while having common areas for collaborative work.
  2. Wearing headphones that are easily seen to signal that you are not to be disturbed.
  3. Turning your office into a library, following the same culture of quietness where everyone is hushed and respectful.

Email is not Real Work

Real work, by definition, should be rare, valuable and cognitively demanding.

Email does not check any of these boxes, and is, therefore, a pseudo work.

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Work in chunks

Our brain focuses best in short spurts, so dedicating 25 minutes to one activity, taking a five-minute break, and then resuming that activity or switching to another activity for another 25 minu...