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8 Ways To Improve Your Focus At Work

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateashford/2017/10/29/focus/

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8 Ways To Improve Your Focus At Work
Recently I started working on a project that required me to track my time. I didn't give it much thought until I started working, and that's when I discovered something-I have trouble staying on task. At least, I have trouble staying on one task.

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Work in chunks

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 minutes will help.

This is also known as the Pomodoro Technique.

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  1. When you work on one thing at a time, you tend to work on the right things, because you have to plan your tasks.
  2. When you single-task you accomplish more in less time with less stress. Intentionally focusing on one task at a time has been proven the most efficient way to move through your to-do list.

Cut out distractions

  • Turn off notifications or at least turn on priority notifications.The time and mental focus lost in attention-switching even for a second adds up throughout the day.
  • Use two computers - one for doing work and productive things, the other to do unproductive work.
  • Only keep one tab open at time

    It’s a concrete way to make sure that you’re only working on what you intentionally decided to be working on.

  • Use several separate desktop spaces as an alternative to one tab. One for communication, the other for different projects planned for the day.

  • Work offline whenever possible.

  • Schedule your email time

    Handle any emails that will take 2-minutes or less. Add everything else to your to-do list to focus on later.

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Be a Game Master

Be a Game Master
Attach rewards to your to do list. 
  • Reward yourself for fulfilling one or several tasks

Use surprise rewards.

  • Determine a reward by chance.

Gamify Your Business

Product Gamification

  • Add new features to a product to make it addictive when used.

Marketing Gamification

  • Gamify experiences to increase loyalty among existing clients.

Workplace Gamification 

  • Train employees and help them grow into a leader.

Gamify Your Life with Apps

  • Do It Now (RPG To Do List)
  • Habitica/HabitRPG (Boosts General Productivity)
  • MindSnacks (Language Learning Apps)
  • SuperBetter (App for Tracking a Single Difficult Goal)
  • Fitocracy (Workout Fitness Log)
  • Productivity Challenge Timer
  • LifeRPG (Task List Based on a Mission-Oriented Approach)
  • EpicWin (RPG-Style To-Do List)
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The "frog"

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"One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all".

The ABCDE prioritization approach

  • A items : Things you must do, which will have a serious positive or negative consequence.
  • B items : Things you should do, that have minor consequences.
  • C items : Things that are nice to do but don’t have any real consequences when they’re done.
  • D items : Things to delegate so you can free up more time to do A tasks.
  • E items : Things to eliminate. Generally stuff you do out of habit.