More focus and attention, please!

2 min read Diana Tavares Gonçalves, Project Manager & ID Expert

Did you know that attention is a cognitive skill that can be strengthened and trained? And that this skill helps us improve our efficacy and advance the quality of our work? It’s true! And I have some tips to help you on this path.

First of all, forget about multitasking. This practice will only make you waste time and energy on tasks that actually require concentration and cognitive skills.

Alternatively, create moments of focus! Moments in which you activate voluntary attention and focus directed at one specific target, instead of dissipating your focus on multiple tasks. The stronger this ability and determination, the longer we can remain absorbed in what we are doing.

1. Try the Pomodoro Technique

This technique helps to stimulate attention by creating bubbles of focus throughout the day, for example: 25 minutes of focus and then a 5 minute pause. First, we decide which activity to do and then time it!

2. Use the pauses to rest

Get off your desk and move around, return calls or grab a snack.

3. Disable Notifications of all kinds

Use the do not disturb option in your mobile or computer during focus periods, block access to websites or applications during these periods, or set a daily time limit to be on other sites or applications.

4. Minimise frequent interruptions

Educate your colleagues, employees, managers or even family members on more productive communication and respect for your focus time.

5. Plan the tasks

Find out what is your chronotype, the natural predisposition each person has to feel energy spikes or fatigue at different times throughout the day. Then, determine which are the three most important tasks of each day, week, month and year and schedule them in line with your chronotype. For instance, if you are a morning person try to schedule the tasks for which you need more focus and concentration on that time of the day to maximise your productivity.

6. Pay attention to your surroundings

Sometimes, changing environments or minimising the clutter around us can help with focus.

7. Test and analyse

Remember, your “More Attention and Focus plan” doesn't have to be set in stone. The important thing is that you try different strategies, observe the results, and adjust the plan according to your needs and what works for you.

This may not seem easy, but with some determination, you will be able to integrate good practices into your routines, which will produce important results in your productivity and consequently in your well-being. Remember that attention influences our ability to perform tasks, but also our ability to manage emotions which impacts the quality of our personal and professional relationships.


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