With modern technology, like the smartphone and tablet, the world is at our fingertips. A world full of exciting opportunities. But also full of distractions. It seems like many people are slowly losing the skill to concentrate and focus. More and more people are struggling these days to lead happy and productive lives. Therefore it is time that we take control and regain the ability to focus.
Below you will find some advice on how to regain your ability to focus at work. I will start with some tools you can use to be productive. Then I will ask you to stop multitasking and to get away from that open-plan office! Finally I will give you some tips on how to get in the state of flow that will allow you to do some great work.
Tech tools for productivity
My personal productivity setup
There are a lot of apps and tools out there that do nothing but distract you. Thankfully there are also many that actually help you focus and be productive. If you use them right. In this blog I will show you part of my personal productivity setup.
My ultimate guide to personal productivity
To be successful we need to get things done. For me that basically comes down to three things: knowing what to do, knowing when to do it and actually doing it. Everybody can learn to be productive. So can you! But only when you really want it and enjoy it. That is why you need to build your own productivity system. One that works for you. In this blog I show you mine.
Stop multitasking and start working smarter
Do you think you are a multitasker? You are not. Multitasking is a myth. Our brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously but switches tasks quickly. Costing more time, making more mistakes and draining energy. What should you do instead of multitasking and how can you work smarter?
Try batch processing to complete a large task
Our minds are only capable to really see one thing at a time. Just like they are able to do only one thing at a time. We constantly switch from object to object and from task to task. The limited vision we have is perfect for focusing on the thing that is right in front of us. Just as the lack of multitasking capabilities is well suited to batch processing. Let me explain.
Get rid of the open-plan office!
The shock when we moved to an open-plan office
A long time ago I worked in the IT department of a large company. I thought I was lucky because in the year I was working there management decided that we moved from a really old office building to a brand new, modern open-plan office. The people were in shock. Some even revolted. I can honestly say that I learned a lot that year. Huge open-plan offices boost distraction and kill productivity. How can we cope with them?
Build nature-inspired offices for your employees
Some companies think that their employees want to work in a place that resembles an indoor playground. They build large open-plan offices that are filled with fun stuff. But fun and work do not always mix. And the constant distractions in these offices are killing focus and productivity. I believe we should be building more nature-inspired offices. Because nature makes us relax and allows us to focus.
Getting into the productivity mood
Watch your internal clock and know when to peak
A long time ago we were more in sync with nature. We relied on our internal clock and knew exactly what the best time was to take action or to rest. These days we are always working, maximizing the amount of hours we have in a day. We neglect our own internal clock. Be smart and know when to rest and when to peak.
Five rituals that help you focus on your work
Being able to focus on your work is essential. It is necessary to get things done and deliver good quality work. It will also give you a competitive advantage over those who are not able to focus. One way to do this is to start a ritual every time you start to do focused work. In this blog I will give you five rituals that help you focus at work.
Get into a state of flow and do some great work
Flow is the state in which we are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The state of flow is perfect for doing focused work. In this blog I will give you tips on how to get into a state of flow and do some great work!