By Julie Morgenstern, Author, www.TheDailyMuse.com
Of all the resources which have become in short supply over the past few years, the diminishing of our power to focus is perhaps the most problematic. Lean and challenging times are nothing new to the human race, but it’s our ability to concentrate that allows us to thrive in spite of them—to cultivate relationships, deeply problem solve, and innovate our way to a better future.
So, whatever your business plans this year, my advice is to start by first improving your ability to focus—and from there, you can conquer whatever mountains you need to with aplomb.
It sounds like a big task, but rebuilding your powers of concentration is a remarkably straightforward process, which can be accomplished by targeting a few very simple behaviors. In my work as a time management expert, I’ve found the following three strategies to be extremely effective, producing rapid and satisfying results
1. Avoid Computers for the First and Last Hour of Each Day. Our screen lives (email, social media sites, online news) have created an instant-response culture that has been scientifically proven to be addictive, stealing our ability to concentrate. And so, as a 2012 study by UC Irvine and U.S. Army researchers found, spending time away from email significantly improves one’s ability to focus.
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