No doubt we’re living in a very distracted world. Therefore focused work becomes more rare. While we get distracted and we also distract others. With all the available theology we are used to get the necessary information fast. So if we want to find something out, there is Google. (Love this Reel from Marie Forleo, just for fun). If we want to know what our friends are doing, there’s FB and IG and other platforms. Through Whatsup you can connect with your contacts in second. You get the idea.
I’ve said it before and will say it again: spending even 2 hours a day in focused action is a hard work. Unfortunately we tend to decrease this time while making it harder for ourselves to flow in it.
The good news is that there are many things you can do about it. Your work quality depends on your focused action, it’s undeniably important to increase the focused work for your benefit.
Good News #1
Flow generates happiness. Your goal is to achieve the FLOW, where it seems like the time stops and you can just go on for days without a pause. Ideas are flowing and you’re inspired to continue the work – that time when you really are producing value. It stretches you while rewards at the same time.
To go into this focused state of work you will have to turn off all the distractions. I have wrote many articles on the topic to give you a spectrum of ideas on how to achieve that. Every interview that I’ve done Distractions seem to be the common theme. Couple of examples below to get you started.
a. Increase Your Work Performance with 3 Simple Tactics (Brainz Magazine)
b. How to Stay on Task And Avoid Distractions (Lifehack.org)
c. How To Slow Down To Do More (Authority Magazine)
d. “Stop using too many tools” (Thrive Global)
Bottom line is that you’re in charge and you have the power over all the aspects in your life, including distractions.
Good News #2
Focused work is rewarding in itself. In 1980 study that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (yes, I know, can’t read that either) and his colleague Reed Larson concluded was against what most people believed to be true:
“Ironically, jobs are actually easier to enjoy than free time, because like flow activities they have built-in goals, feedback rules, and challenges, all of which encourage one to become involved in one’s work, to concentrate and lose oneself in it. Free time, on the other hand, is unstructured, and requires much greater effort to be shaped into something that can be enjoyed” from“. I have came across this wisdom in “Deep work” by Cal Newport. It Is a book that I suggest you read.
Good News #3
You already have everything you need. Be aware of your mind playing tricks on you. Remember that you are in charge of your mind, it is not in charge of you. Motivating yourself by feeling the outcome of your focused work, will keep your mind in check for the goal.
Our mind is a tough little cookie that has enslaved our bodies to keep it safe and comfortable. As soon as something out of ordinary happens, it wants to keep us in a safe distance form the unknown.
Your job is to train your body to follow your mind and not the other way around. Most of us live by following our bodies urges. That creates our routines and down the life goes without even realising that master has become the one who gets mastered. Taking charge of thoughts will open whole new doors for focused work.
As focused work becomes more rare in our daily lives, it also becomes more and more valuable for quality. While it is nothing out of ordinary, it can bring a great discomfort when working on increasing the focused work time. It is definitely something that will stretch you, but by concentrating you will loose yourself in it.
Let me know how the focused work goes for you. I hope you loose yourself in it.
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