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June 24, 2019

Focus to be More Positively Productive

Have you ever been so focused that time disappears? Before you know it, an hour or two or three have passed, but you didn’t notice because you were so involved in what you were doing. When you are this focused, your brain stops noticing things that are irrelevant to the task you are working on. Your ability to ignore distractions—and not even notice them—is enhanced. This is called being in the “zone” or “flow.”

Anything that breaks you out of the zone or flow is a distraction. Once distracted, it can take up to 20 minutes to return your focus to where it was before the distraction. One of the most common distractions in the office is sound. To improve your ability to focus:

  • Turn off alerts announcing that you have new email, a Facebook update, or text message.
  • Turn off the alerts and ringers on your landline and mobile phone.
  • Wear earplugs or ear buds to block out ambient noise in the work environment.

Welcome quiet and the focus that comes with it.

For more information, see my blog post How to Eliminate Distractions.

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