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October 24, 2016

Focus for Results

Do you know how long it takes to refocus after an interruption?shutterstock_82054228

About 20 minutes.

That’s right. Every time you are interrupted, you lose 20 minutes. Here are some tips to help you stay focused and positively productive.

  • Stop the interruptions. Let’s face it—most of the time, you let yourself be interrupted. We think other people are doing it, but that’s not true. Be assertive, say no graciously and politely, and tell people that you’ll get back to them.
  • Eliminate distractions. Turn off your e-mail notification, silence your phone, and put up a do-not-disturb sign when you need to focus.
  • Give yourself a break. Attention and focus wane after about 60 to 90 minutes. If you forge ahead without a break, you will be less productive than if you take a break and come back to the task. 

The ability to focus is a key factor in how positively productive you are. Use these simple tips to keep your attention on the task at hand and discover how much more you will get done.

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