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Ways To Focus On Results And Productivity – Eben Pagan

In this short 7 minute clip,  Eben Pagan explains some ways to focus on results and productivity. He differentiates between results and activity. It’s well worth 7 minutes of your time to watch. People often confuse being busy with being productive – being busy doesn’t necessarily lead to results, in fact, it can be counter-productive. However, when you’re truly productive, you can be much less busy, but achieving real results.

From these ways to focus on results and productivity, Eben makes the suggestion to record performance, and measure progress. You can measure productivity, visually, using charts. As an example, record the number of hours in a day you spend on the most 3 most important tasks you are working on.  “Processes that are measured improve. Processes that are measured and reported, improve dramatically.”



5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

This article, which I’ve renamed 5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction, really caught my attention as it’s something that I feel incredibly passionate about. Beverly D. Flaxington for Psychology Today explains how around two thirds of people in the US and Canada are dissatisfied with their jobs. Two thirds of people! We spend 5 days out of 7 every week at work – that’s a massive proportion of our lives. It’s really upsetting to think just how many people are not happy with their work and it proves that society as we know it, simply does not work. On a lighter note, there are ways in which you can improve your job satisfaction which Beverly Flaxington explains.

5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction(1)    Focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want. When we are dissatisfied in our jobs, we can easily put our finger on what’s bothering us: We hate the boss. The work is too hard. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. The culture is oppressive. The list could be one short, yet problematic thing, or it could be replete with things we can’t stand. Instead of focusing our brain on what we don’t like, or don’t want, turn it around. Take the time to focus on what you do want. What kind ofenvironment would you like to work in? What kind of boss would you like to have? Paint a picture – both mentally and in writing – of what you would enjoy. Get clear on where you’d like to head next. Turn your attention to where you want to go. Put up a picture, write on 3 X 5 cards you keep nearby or develop a mantra about a future state that would be healthy for you. Turn the focus on your desired outcome.

(2)    Make a list of things you enjoy about your job. Let’s face it – there has to be something that’s good. At a minimum, you are getting paid. Possibly you are learning something new. Or you like a co-worker, or the commute is easy. I once had a job I absolutely hated, but I was in a reverse commute where I was going against the major flow of traffic to and from work every day. For the entire time I traveled to and fro, I used it well. I listened to music I love. I bought audio tapes. I used the time to plan ideas for my next career. Find the things that you can feel positive about. Write them down. Every time you find yourself feeling dissatisfied or down, take out the list and read it. Orient your mind to what’s currently positive in the situation.

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If you do feel you need to stick with your job, for whatever reason, then I think these 5 ways to focus on job satisfaction are some great words of advice. When I felt like I was stuck in a rut at my last employment, I’d often look around me, and notice people in a worse situation than me, and it would make me realise just how lucky I was. I’d also count my lucky stars that I was working with such an awesome group of people who became friends. They essentially kept me there actually. I think it’s really important not to lose sight of where you want to go, and to focus on what you want. Don’t drift from week to week thinking that that’s life – because it’s absolutely not, it doesn’t have to be at all. Living for the weekends is not what life is about. Too many people fall into that trap. Each and every one of us has something of value that we can bring to the world in some way or another. It’s just up to us to figure out how to do that, and to grow a pair to make it happen. The internet has opened up so much scope for people to make money using their own skills and creativity. Seek, and you shall find.


13 Ways To Focus And Beat Distractions At Work

If you struggle to focus at work, it may be down to a lack of interest in the particular task, or that you’re not sold on it, or it may be down to the fact that you’re surrounded by what appears to be an endless stream of distractions. Here are 13 ways to focus and beat distractions at work written by Laura Schwecherl for Heathland Time and Greatest.com.  Some of these tips you’ll have seen before, such as planning ahead, eating breakfast, meditation etc, but there are quite a few additional, and somewhat original points that are well worth considering.
Ways To Focus And Beat Distractions At Work
  • Pinpoint the problem. What causes you to lose focus? Is it fatigue, hunger or a Twitter addition? Figuring out the issue is the first step toward trying to fix it.
  • Plan ahead. Envision what the workday will look like before it happens. Write down what things need to get done or what you want to accomplish. Setting goals can help people stay on track.
  • Eat a good breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal may do more than jump start metabolism. Studies have found that eating breakfast can improve attention and concentration, too. Here’s what the experts say you should eat in the morning.
  • Meditate. Scientists have discovered that meditation may enhance certain brain functions linked to attention. It can’t hurt to try shutting everything off to get more done in the long run.
  • Work offline. One survey found nearly 60% of disruptions at work come from email, social networks and cell phones. So for tasks that don’t involve the Internet, try using old-fashioned paper and pen — perfect for brainstorming! Put your phone on silent and check email only occasionally (try once every hour). Limit time on social media too. You can “like” your friend’s picture of his dog later.
  • Do smaller tasks. Some psychologists suggest that our brain works way too hard to process incredible amounts of information. So working on one large project can be overwhelming — like trying to plan a whole event at work in one afternoon. Split up projects into individual tasks so they’re easier to accomplish.

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Pinpointing the problem was an interesting point of these 13 ways to focus and beat distractions at work I thought. There’s enough information out there which talks about how to improve your ability to focus, but pinpointing the exact problem is often disregarded. Is it that you have too many windows open (of the operating system variety, not in your office or home), or that you’re easily taken off track by social media, or is it that you’re simply bored and looking for other things to do? Breaking your workload into smaller tasks is certainly great advice. The complete project can appear daunting so breaking it all down as a much easier way to maintain focus.


Ways To Focus On Your Strengths

Ways To Focus On Your StrengthsThis really caught my eye as I remembered the days when I worked for a large organisation. Here, Diana Clement explains why it’s necessary to learn ways to focus on your strengths after making an interesting point about how organisations often focus on developing areas of weakness of their employees, rather than their strengths.  Her words make a lot of sense as she points out a number of negative effects that focusing on weaknesses will have on employees:

  1. Negative, not positive, interactions with colleagues
  2. Treat customers poorly
  3. Tell your friends what a miserable company you work for
  4. Achieve less on a daily basis
  5. Have fewer positive and creative moments.
  6. Many people may be staring their strengths in the face, but until they can see them are held back in their careers or simply sit at their desks disengaged.
She then reveals a few interesting statistics about how a management consultancy service uses a book called Strengths Finder 2.0 to work through performance appraisals of the organisation’s employees.

Gallup, which provides a management consultancy service in New Zealand, found that only 1 per cent of employees surveyed whose manager primarily focused on their strengths were disengaged.

Not surprisingly, the organisation’s consulting focuses on what executives and employees do well.

It provides staff with a copy of its book, Strengths Finder 2.0, and takes them through an assessment of their strengths.

The book gives an introduction to the concept of strengths psychology and then has a unique access code which enables the reader to complete a 30-minute questionnaire.

The results highlight each person’s five top strengths out of 34 and provide ideas for action on each relevant theme.

Participants are then asked:

1. How does this information help you better understand your unique talents?

2. How can you use this understanding to add value to your role?

3. How can you apply this knowledge to add value to your team, workgroup, department, or division?

4. How will this understanding help you add value to your organisation?

5. What will you do differently tomorrow as a result of this report?

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These ways to focus on your strengths are actually in tune with what creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, has to say in the previous video.   He mentions how the majority of people in this world end up drifting through life not working in a job that’s in line with their strengths.  I’m sure everyone would be much happier if they truly focused on their strengths rather than developing their areas of weakness which would in turn, lead to increased creativity.



How To Focus At Work By Reducing Stress

Stress at work can lead to an inability to focus as I have found in the past.  If you would like to learn how to focus at work by reducing stress, then take a few minutes out to read this brilliant, and original, article by Amy Martinez. – a senior faculty member for the Centre For Creative Leadership.

How To Focus At Work By Reducing Stress

1. Manage your own resistance. Become cognizant of how much energy you expend opposing what already is. It translates into less energy to accept, adapt, and solve your challenge.

2. Give your best, but don’t get attached to the outcome. Trying to control the way things turn out will make you crazy. Instead, care enough to speak up and take action but not so much that you fall apart or blow up when a certain outcome is not achieved.

3. Stay in the present. How often do you relive the past? How much effort and energy do you give to thinking about future possibilities? Remember, right now is the only point where life is happening—and you can choose how to think and act in this present moment.

4. Be compassionate. Extend compassion to both yourself and others. When things go wrong, people start to blame each other (or themselves). But if you can soften your heart a bit, you send soothing messages to the brain—allowing it to figure a way out of messes and stresses without causing more damage.

5. Shift your view. Try to “re-frame” the situation. What other way could you look at it? What other points of view could you consider? Who could help you see this situation differently? Find them.

6. Understand your beliefs about adversity, and choose your response. The way you currently view setbacks, challenges, or adversity stems from how you have been taught to think about it. When you get clear on what you believe and where those beliefs come from, you can choose to “unlearn” them. You are in charge of your own thoughts and are empowered to respond in new ways. Click here to view the original source of the article

As a previous employee for a large organisation, I can fully appreciate how easy it is to lose focus in the work place. It might be worth copying and pasting these 6 points on how to focus at work by reducing stress, and keeping them in a suitable place where you can refer to them in times of need!


How to Capitalize on Your Lack of Focus

Apparently a lack of focus isn’t such a bad thing after all.  If you would like to learn how to capitalize on your lack of focus, then this is a must read.  This may be more applicable to a corporate environment, but the techniques are useful to understand.  If you work alone, or if you’re an entrepreneur, it’s always great to brainstorm ideas with others and this article explains why.

How to Capitalize on Your Lack of Focus

Like many of you, we are trying to build a fast-growing company, which requires us to respond quickly to new market opportunities and changing customer demands. Conventional wisdom tells us that a focused organization is a nimble organization. As a team, however, we’re fairly unfocused–and yet we’ve built an Inc. 500 growth company. How is this possible?

We’ve actually embraced our lack of focus as critical to our success. The fact that we routinely have five to 10 business initiatives going at once, and we often have trouble describing to outsiders what we “do,” is a core competency.

We each have different strengths and ideas, so surely the solution is to leverage those and create synergies?  That’s how to capitalize on your lack of focus – by creating synergies.  Talk with others and never work entirely alone!



How Stress Can Help You Focus

In contrast to a post a few days ago, this thought-provoking article explains how stress can help you focus, and can actually be beneficial to your brain. Not only do pressing deadlines gear your mind for focus and hyper efficiency, but such stress can actually be good for your immune system when experienced in small bursts.

Improves efficiency

The short buzz of energy released by stress can also help to improve work productivity and efficiency. Small doses of stress not only enable you to keep on your toes, they also help to improve your memory and spur you to perform tasks more efficiently.When stress hits, the instant energy boost released makes the entire body go on full alert and it becomes highly productive and focused.

Breeds success

In an extremely competitive work environment, a little anxiety is actually good and even necessary for you. Highly successful people often use stress positively to bring about change and activity. They are anxious about today and the future; they stress about the thought of losing and they worry about not having enough hours in a day to get everything done.

This reminds me of how I got through my degree and masters (just thought I’d slip those both in there). Like many people, I’ve always performed better under pressure. It’s important that for the most part, your are not under constant high levels of stress as that can be detrimental to your health and performance, but it is clear how stress can help you focus when experienced in short bursts.

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6 Foods To Help You To Focus

You may be surprised to hear that what you eat (or don’t eat) is the number one reason leading to a lack of focus and concentration during a long day at work. Jeniffer Cohen who recently wrote for Forbes.com outlines 6 foods to help you to focus.

Here are 6 foods that will not only boost your productivity throughout the day, but are proven to help sharpen your focus. They are easy to add to your diet and the benefits will last a lifetime.

1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal

2. Blueberries

3. Wild Salmon

4. Avocado

5. Green Tea

6. Dark Chocolate

So how many of these are you eating every day? I was pleasantly surprised to see that, despite being allergic to salmon, I actually consume 4 out of these 6 foods to help you to focus almost every day.

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5 Ways to Focus on Your Goals

Whether you’re male or female, working your way up the ranks of a company or running your own business, an athlete or student, it’s imperative to focus on clear goals that you set yourself. Here, Carissa Reiniger, lists 5 ways to focus on your goals and she touches on an interesting point about trying to do something, rather than trying to be someone, as she cites from “The Iron Lady”.

Establish a crystallized goal. Set a goal, and then commit to reaching it. Tangibly doing so will help you stay focused and use whatever resources you have at my disposal to accomplish it. Don’t worry too much about keeping everyone happy.

Carissa Reiniger’s 5 ways to focus on your goals are quite unique I believe. It’s much easier to set a clear crystallised goal when it’s something you care about, and that is in tune with your values. And to separate friends from acquaintances – who wants to mix work with pleasure anyway? Unless you’re lucky enough that your work is your pleasure.

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Focus Will Improve Your Memory

If you’re one who struggles to remember events of your recent past, it could be down to the fact that you are lacking focus. Here, memory champion Ron White, explains how focus will improve your memory and your mind.

One of the greatest lessons I learned when training for the USA Memory Championship was the impact of focus on your memory and brain. To hone my focus, my US Navy SEAL coach (yes, I actually had a Navy SEAL coach me) had me train in situations that would normally distract me.

Remove distractions, and break your time down into smaller chunks, of say 45 minutes, for each task. Not only will you become more productive but your newly established focus will improve your memory and brain in the long run.

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