Simple Challenge: Stay on-task for five minutes
Craig Jarrow, the “Time Management Ninja” has a challenge for you: Stay on-task for five minutes. Just five minutes. It’s harder than you think. Try it. — OK… how’d you do? Here are some suggestions Craig has on how to actually stay focused:
- Set a Timer – Set a physical timer. Pledge not to change your focus until the alarm goes off. You will build up your focus endurance little-by-little.
- Tune Out the Distractions – Many distractions can be shut out if you actively ignore them. Put on your productivity blinders or even your headphones to tune out the background noise.
- Turn off the Tech – Technology is a great enabler, but is also the source of many interruptions. Turn of the ringer. Turn off the email notifications. Turn off the alerts.
- Don’t Multi-task – Finish the job at hand before you start something new. Multi-tasking divides your attention. You are creating your own distractions when you multi-task. Soon, you have 57 things started and nothing done.
- Isolate Yourself – Close the door. Go to your productive place. (Sometimes it iswhere you work…)