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“Now, what was I doing again?”

Monday, March 12, 2018

 

We all do it, because it’s a very human thing.  Get distracted that is.  Apparently, the average human gets distracted every 3 minutes*, and then it takes around 25 minutes to regain our focus. (*according to research conducted by The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University).  So, you can imagine in an average day, that’s a lot of time we are not doing what we could be doing.

 

"The sun's energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass it can start a fire. Focus is so powerful!" Alan Pariser

 

We are always taking in information, and these days especially, we get super distracted with social media, emails and general noise, as well as finding it harder to keep our attention on something when we’re not motivated or tired.  So, what can we do to help maintain focus? 

Here are a few tips:

 

1. Multi-tasking does not work

Many of us think we can manage being in action with several things at the same time.It’s a myth and a misnomer.It just means we switch fast from one activity to another, but it does not mean we get through things faster.In fact, it uses up a lot of energy to keep diverting our attention from one thing to another.

 

Instead: prioritise your list, and work through one thing at a time until it is completed.

 

“One thing at a time: It is impo