Keeping the focus at work

For many people in the workplace, staying focused in the face of endless calls, emails, and meetings can feel difficult. On some days, it can feel like you have spent an inordinate amount of time attending to things that don’t quite add up into your definition of a productive day.

Brian Drennon

While it is common to have a lot on your plate, especially if you re higher up the food chain or run the business on your own, the distractions don’t have to reduce your productivity levels. Effectively handling the distractions can enable you focus and produce the results you were hired for.

Avoid multitasking

While it seems to be desirable, multitasking has the danger of spreading your attention thin on different matters. Divided attention often leads to mistakes and the tendency to fly off the handle on small issues. Multitasking might be a good way to get a lot done, but it really doesn’t help when you want to focus on a single task and see it to completion.

Time management

When you give it some thought, there’s usually a time of day when you feel energized and focused; everything seems to fall in place. For some people, this is early morning, while for others it can be late at night. Take note of your time slot and allocate the important tasks for these times.

Switch them off

Switch off the sources of distraction in your life, even for just an hour a day and notice the difference.

Brian Drennon is the owner of Acuity Contracting Group, a medical devices and supply company that works with various government entities.

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