Where focus goes, energy flows. That would have to be one of my favourite Anthony Robbins quotes. I've heard this phrase and many like it hundreds of times but it wasn't until recently that I was able to fully appreciate the power of focus.
Where focus goes, energy flows.
Now I consider myself to be someone who is able to sit down and be pretty productive with my time however I didn't quite realise how much time I was chewing up in lost focus time. You know when you're in the middle of something and someone comes and interrupts you so you drop what you're doing to divert your attention to them for even just a split second just to answer a question or give an instruction. How many times might that happen per hour, per day, per week. I started taking note and you can chew up some serious time stopping and starting like this.
According to a study completed by FastCompany it takes the average worker approximately 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on task, to return to the same frame of mind you were in prior to being interrupted. Now imagine that happening even three times per day. It adds up very quickly.
So you might be thinking, "But Jacob I can't just ignore people when they need something, that's just rude!" Well here's the good news, you don't need to sit in room by yourself with the door closed or wear noise cancelling headphones and remove yourself from the world in order to reach peak productivity with minimal distractions and interruptions. You simply need to condition your brain as to how it processes interruptions when they occur.
One of the strategies I've been implementing around this has been consciously entering and exiting the task at hand. Meaning I consciously close off the task when I'm finished and enter a new frame of mind when starting something else. Devoting my complete focus to the task at hand and then when interruptions inevitibly crop up you quickly finish the task you're on without diverting your focus and then redirect your focus to the interruption. It's a stop/start system which provides your brain with closure on each task throughout the day.
This little hack has single handedly allowed me to significantly increase my productivity over the last couple of weeks and as simple as it may seem it makes a big difference in the day to day.
Jacob Carlile is a young entrepreneur, innovator and investor. Growing up in his family’s business at Qld Hot Property in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Jacob learnt what it takes to be successful and how to put in the hard work now so that you can enjoy the benefits in the future.
Jacob now works in the finance industry focusing on developing personalised financial plans to assist people in growing their wealth, knowledge and developing strategies for the long term.
Jacob has a passion for business from marketing, to sales, to crunching the numbers and hopes through his study of business and those who drive success within the business environment to help shape the future of successful businesses within Australia and across the globe.