“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. “ –Tony Robbins
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One challenge that accompanies the additional freedom of working remotely is maintaining focus. So many temptations beckon. The television, the refrigerator, the mall, and thousands more, each calling us away from the task at hand, seducing us at every turn. Without the structure of a formal office environment and co-workers surrounding us, the remote worker is particularly prone to a loss of focus, or perhaps never fully acquiring it in the first place.
Like all challenges that face us, we must rise up and meet this one head on. I propose a simple four step plan that has worked wonders for maintaining my focus in the midst of temptation.
- Maintain regularly scheduled work hours that fit your responsibilities, your lifestyle, and your peak productive hours. Judging from the standard 9 – 5 office schedule, one would quickly come to the conclusion that humans are programmed for this schedule, which is complete non-sense. To maintain focus, you need to work during your peak productive hours. There will be as many potential schedules as there are people, find the one that fits you.
- Schedule your distractions. Save social media, email, personal calls, and errands for regularly scheduled breaks, ideally during non-peak productive work hours. It’s difficult to produce quality work when checking email every five minutes, or constantly responding to friends and families instant messages.
- Prioritize your work from most important to least and work on the most important tasks first. Break tasks into manageable sub-tasks and do not stop working until the task at hand is finished. Stopping and restarting tasks kill productivity and focus.
- Live healthy. The focused mind requires a healthy, well maintained and rested body.
It’s really that simple. Now go get focused.
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