The Power of Focus
I have been a little quiet online over the last few weeks, due to being on an Army Exercise for a week and then coming back to wrapping up a number of projects. While away on the Army Exercise I was amazed, as I always am, at how much gets done in a short period of time. I have often wondered what is the reason for achieving so much. Is it the long hours in the field working away? Is it the teamwork? Is it having a common base training level that we all operate from? Is it the Army’s Mission Command framework?
The answer to all the above questions is Yes…. And I would like to add what I believe the most important ingredient that makes it all possible, FOCUS. While we were on exercise, we did not have the distractions of life, we just had one thing to do and that was to achieve the mission. As Combat Engineers this involved completing a number of tasks from warfighting through to construction and engineering. The whole team for 24 hours a day was focused on the task at hand…. which in this case was to win the war.
Okay, I hear you say, how do we apply this in our lives? We have work, families and other interests to balance.
This is true, it would be unhealthy to focus all your efforts and time into one part of your life and only one. I have some suggestions:
Be Present. Focus on the task at hand. By that I mean that when you are at work, at you present both mentally and physically, or are you thinking about other things?
Block out time to do a task. Are you placing important tasks on your schedule? Have you made a meeting with yourself to complete these important tasks?
Avoid Distractions. Are you always being interrupted when working on an important project that consistency takes your attention off the task? Close down email notifications, close the door and remove other distractions from your work environment.
Choose the Time and Place. If you know that your boss or staff always need to talk with you first thing in the morning, then do not allocate time to important tasks at that time. If you work in an open office environment, but need a quiet place to work on a project, book a meeting room.
Go Off site. Sometimes there is a requirement to get out into a different environment to allow the creative juices to flow. If this is the case for you, book some time off site, where you can intensely focus on the project.
Remember to also focus on the other areas of your life too, not just your work. By applying the power of focus, you too can achieve much more in the time you have.
Posted on Sunday, 06 Apr 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Entrepreneurship, Focus, Leadership, Life, Management, Mission Command, Passion, Power, Time Management. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.