How Well Do You Focus at Work?

focus productivity work culture work positive Oct 01, 2023

I was lying flat on my back in the grassy outfield, trying to come around. I had drifted back from my third-base position for the Little League team White Sox into shallow left field to catch a fly ball. I missed the ball with my glove and instead caught it with my forehead.

Someone said, “Son, you’ve got to keep your eye on the ball.”

Little comfort when your head is killing you and your ego is dead with embarrassment.

And you find out later that regardless of how much you keep your eye on the ball, it won’t help.

I needed glasses. I couldn’t focus.

How do you know when your focus is off at work? That you’re not catching the work plays that come your way?

Here are three strategies to focus better on the job:

Deflect Distractions
For some people, the sky falls daily.

You know who they are. You cringe when they walk towards you. You sigh when they come up on Caller ID.

Deflect these distractions of negativity with my 2-Step:

Step 1: Grab the handle

What can you learn from this Chicken Little? You can discover a lesson…at least that the sky fails to fall daily despite all reports to the contrary.

Step 2: FLUSH!

Flush the negativity, and any distracting emotions with them. Clean your mental bowl often. (Yes, multiples flushes are required sometimes.)

Define Reality
You can imagine your work culture at its best. Or, you can worry. Same mental function which means it’s impossible to do both simultaneously.

Dale Carnegie once said, “If you can't sleep, get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. The worry gets you, not the lack of sleep.”

Define your current reality and move forward. Worry distracts you. So you move sideways instead of straight ahead.

Timeline your project. Do it one step at a time. Examine your cash flow and track back to your marketing funnel and sales conversions. Where do your customers come from? Go get more of them.

Do the Unfamiliar
Change your routine and you force focus. Your creative innovation emerges from the disruption of the familiar.

Do unfamiliar little things first. Change your morning routine. Commute a different route even if it’s just walking downstairs like me 😊.

When you deflect distractions, it’s unfamiliar.

When you define reality, it could be unfamiliar to you, also.

To focus and be more productive, do the unfamiliar.

Focus to create a Work Positive culture that increases productivity and profits.

How well do you focus at work? Use these 3 strategies today to focus and create a positive work culture from Dr. Joey Faucette, Executive Coach, best-selling author, and Positive Culture Architect.

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