“To produce at your peak level, you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.” – Cal Newport
Easy enough, right?
Ok, since Newport has written multiple books to try to help us achieve this, maybe it’s not quite so easy after all.
It doesn’t have to be as difficult as we may make it, though.
This week, block one period of time for focused, undistracted work.
If you already consider yourself a master focuser, you can up-level this suggestion to one or more blocks per day.
But if you’re like many and feel continuously distracted, start small.
Block a 30-minute segment on your calendar, head to a private conference room or the corner of a coffee shop or your back deck, and bring only the project you want to focus on.
Consider what tends to distract you, and determine in advance how you can minimize or eliminate it for that period. For example, if you pick up your phone with every notification, leave the phone in your car during this time.
Let me know
how this goes for you! I have found that even brief periods of truly focused time works wonders – and often prompts a great sense of flow as well.
Christi Hegstad, PhD, PCC is an executive coach helping you design your ideal vision and achieve it with clarity, confidence, and meaningful action! Join our community: Click here and fill in the blue box or send us an email!