How focused are you right now? Are you reading these words while scanning your smartphone for a text and simultaneously checking for new emails? Are you fully present in the moment or wondering what’s for dinner tonight?

There are so many different things that can distract us personally as well as professionally.  The digital age has fully enveloped our minds, evidenced by the fact that people communicate more through e-mails, text messages and social networking than they do face-to-face or even over the telephone. The average employee checks their e-mail inbox an average number of 30 times each hour.  That isn’t to say that email can’t be important, but can you imagine all of the things that you could accomplish within your day if you stayed focused on other and more important things more consistently?

Recent research confirms that multi-tasking is a myth. We can do several things at once, but it takes away from our focus and the ability to do those things more quickly or efficiently much less correctly and well.

On the path towards achieving long-term success professionally within your respective industry or profession, you’ll encounter obstacles and detours. You can’t control all of them, but you can control your focus. Make sure you are doing the right things, the important things. Then hone your attention so it is undivided and bring your best effort and creativity to the activity.

To do your best work, pay attention now.

And to ensure your future success, concentrate on your present activity.


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Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

2 Responses to Focus!
  1. I agree that multitasking is a myth. It is important that we focus on the task at hand, do it the best we can, and then move on to the next important task.

    A habit that I like to practice at work to help me stay focused is to always have the main section of my desk clean. The only papers or materials that are on that section of my desk is the specific task/project I am working on at that moment. This helps me stay focused on the task and not to get distracted by other things that might need to be done.

    Thanks for sharing this blog post, Mark. I’m excited for your book launch next week and am praying for your success.

    Christopher S.

  2. One of the best things that happened to me is that the little envelope that used to appear in my Start Bar when I got a new email message disappeared.

    Now I can go for an hour or more without checking for new messages, or seeing that a message has arrived and looking at it instantly.

    Been a lot more productive as of late – hhhmmm, maybe the two are connected!


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