Carl helps people all over the world to achieve their maximum potential by becoming better organised and more productive. Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention. Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.
All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next. It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete. Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching , which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work. This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.
We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by. Now, forget about how to multitask! Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:. When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker.
This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break. This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day. When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions. When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.
Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing. I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do. I was looking for something easier.
This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion. Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now. We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment. Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk.
This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions. What it does mean is delay saying yes.
We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made. For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel. Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work.
At the time, I was working at being a life coach, and I was thinking that I would write novels once I retired. I actually wrote this to a friend in an email a year ago, that I would write novels when I retire , and not long after that, my coaching business circled the drain. Although I didn't appreciate it at the time, my prayers were being answered. The Universe always has our backs. Cue the sound of a needle scratching a record. Is there anything you tell yourself you will do more of "when you retire"?
If so, then there's a big chance you should be making more time for it NOW -- not some far off time that might never come. There's no final resting place during this life when you're free to prance through a meadow. It's imperative we make sure to have fun now, along the way, or we waste the whole shooting match on boring obligations. This is honestly the trickiest step. We complicate the heck out of it. We think, "What's my life's purpose? Start with the easy stuff.
What feels good to you?
You don't need to decide everything right this instant, but just start collecting ideas for your life that make you feel excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities. Write some things down. Just keep some kind of simple record of what your dream for your life is. Close your eyes and see what pictures emerge. Images that come to my mind are sunny nature scenes. I also like the idea of someone wrapped in a cozy sweater and sipping coffee while they smile at a laptop. That's me right now.
I'm a writer, so I'm now committed to writing every day. One day I will own a beach house. Many of us will pick a delicious dream for ourselves and then immediately start pecking furiously at the edges with a list of ways it can't, won't, or shouldn't work out for us. If there's a word for both deciding and believing in one fell swoop, the word would be commitment.
You have to commit to your dream.
Be specific about your dream. Then go do it. Whatever the hurdle, or hurdles are that are in your way, it's time to make a plan to systematically get rid of them. How to Mindfully Achieve Your Purpose. Requirements vary in different programs. Not Helpful 9 Helpful
Don't just put it in a box and close the lid, never to see the light of day. You have to take it out and fondle it Take it out, play with it, give it some air. Decide you want your dream to happen. Believe it will and can happen. This is the magic sauce that will help propel your dream into reality. If you don't decide and believe, and therefore commit, well then This next step isn't a one-time event. It's probably something you're going to have to do over and over, every time you notice you're stuck and you've stopped forward momentum.
We disguise fear under logistics all the time: So get up earlier.
About a year ago, I was waking up before dark every morning. I had a set of rituals that I knew would put me on course to the life of my dreams. Living a life you don't want can be depressing. Embracing these three ideas helped me to quit my job of ten years and move to a new city to.
Last year, when I was getting up early, it was a bit of a battle. I was always feeling like it took heroics to drag my limp carcass out of bed that early. It's all in the attitude. This go round, I decided it was going to be easy and exciting to get up early to write every day. I decided it's not going to be difficult. I decided to get the sleep I need, and not be so dramatic and sacrificial about getting up early.
It's really easy to lose the plot in the frenzy of daily living. Just slow down, pump the breaks, relax. Take quiet time alone every day -- again, early morning if need be -- to reflect, read, write, and to hear yourself think.
Give yourself the time and space to feel your feelings and organize your thoughts so that you may stay in touch with your own needs and desires for your life. When you notice someone more fortunate, practice saying to yourself, "You know what? I want that, too!
I'm going to figure out how and make it happen! If we want good things to happen to us, we have to stop judging others negatively for the good things they bring into their lives. Judging and criticizing others is such a silly energy drain. I will go out on a limb here and say that the majority of people who judge others negatively for their success don't realize they do it, or they don't realize there's anything wrong with doing it.
I saw a Facebook comment the other day that basically said all rich people are thieving, greedy liars and that all poor people are generous and would give you the shirt off their backs. That's a waste of breath right there.