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.