How to focus, when you just don’t want to.
We always try to use this blog to provide answers to questions which we get asked a lot, and this is one of them. Some of the people we work with are just too brilliant; every day they have a new big idea; the next big thing. And…. if they aren’t careful each new idea pulls them away from core business, gets started, but never finished. But…. what if that idea really is the one which is going to revolutionise your organisation? What are the risks of putting it to one side?
New ideas can be massively distracting – they can flash away in your peripheral vision, and pull your brain away from the task in hand. One of the best ways to manage them is to give in to them, temporarily. Set yourself a very strict time limit – say 10 mins at the start of each hour – and use that to capture as much of the idea as possible on paper. When the time is up, make yourself stop, however full “in flow” you are. Go back to it for 10 mins at the start of the next hour and so on. Allow yourself to do this in your working hours for a couple of days if necessary, then sit down for a clear hour, analyse what you’ve written and see if there is enough potential there to justify carrying on in the same vein for another few days. Rinse and repeat!
And…. if focus is something you struggle with you might also like this article from Harvard Business Review which talks about the psychological forces at play and how to tame them: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/01/train_your_brain_to_focus.htmlPosted by Rachel Warhurst | 0 comments