We live in a very demanding world where fast performance is required. With shorter deadlines every day, it’s often impossible to stay focused. We lose our focus and concentration as in a way, we’re programmed to do so. Our brain is a toolbox and it has many defense mechanisms that can affect our concentration. Distractions can occur in any form. A small fly, a buzzing phone or even a conversation that is not related to you can make you loose focus on the task at hand. However it is essential for every human being to understand the root cause of their distractions in order to avoid it.
In this episode 🎙️ hosted by Elena Agaragimova and Ivan Palomino. we elaborate more on how distractions can be reduced using the famous Pomodoro technique and How to enter the state of FLOW.
- Establish priorities: Choose what’s most important to you and what isn’t (your job, your family, etc.). Understand that distractions are necessary: We aren’t machines. Thus, we need to rest, eat, and socialize. Write down in your calendar the things you do for your entertainment. Some of these things may be going out with friends, reading a book, or watching TV. If you consider these things important, why aren’t they part of your agenda?
- Unplug yourself: As we mentioned above, our virtual life challenges our physical one. Thus, you should set aside only a limited time for social media use. Do one task at a time: Multitasking isn’t a solution (our brain is NOT made for that).
- Have realistic challenges: Don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you know that you aren’t capable of finishing a task in two hours, give yourself the time you truly need to complete it.
- Look for the purpose- You may find work hard to enjoy because you've lost sight of the reason you work. Consider why you are doing the specific tasks you perform, or even why you work at all. For example, think about why you are planning a particular meeting and what success would mean. Perhaps you are working on a project and need to remind yourself what the project will accomplish and why your participation matters.
The speed of performing a task reduces as your full focus is not on the task. Flow is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one's sense of time.
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