Episode 110: 7 Ways to Improve Focus at Work


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The successful warrior is the average man with laser like focus.
– Bruce Lee

Woo hoo! This is part nine of our Nine Pillars of Productivity series, which is our longest series ever in the history of Structure & Flow. Doing happy chair dances… 😊

Today we’ll be sharing 7 Ways to Improve Focus at Work, especially when you work from home. If you’d like to review the previous eight pillars, then you can find them here.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to go from average to laser like focus (think Bruce Lee!)
  • A super easy way to put yourself in the flow while minimizing distractions
  • The biggest inhibitor to creative productivity for all of us

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7 Ways to Improve Your Focus:

    1. Pay attention to your work environment. Clear the clutter, have a great table/chair combo, bring in the water and the snacks. Working from home? I highly recommend that you carve out a corner in your home, and just stake a claim on your office space. The only thing that goes in that space, is stuff related to work.
    2. Set up a dedicated creative workspace where you can easily access your creative tools: art supplies, laptop, pen and paper… have it ready to go.
    3. Block time in your calendar for focus blocks which we talked extensively about in Episode 99, you can find it here.
    4. Know what you are going to focus on ahead of time. Projects should be clearly outlined even if they are creative. Working on a logo or practice drawing faces examples of clearly outlining your focus. There’s still plenty of room for flow, but you don’t have to make a decision.
    5. Eliminate all distractions. Turn off phones, notifications, close browsers, go to the bathroom. Hemingway could do nothing or he could write. Simple – no choices. Eventually, he would write. Boredom is not your enemy, and solitude is your creative friend.
    6. Practice every day. In order to get better at your craft, you need dedicated practice time. Writing 10,000 words a day is an example. This tends to be a fairly common goal for many professional writers.
    7. REST! Show up to your work well rested and renewed. You cannot focus if you are overworking and not sleeping. And if you’re honest with yourself, I think you’d see that for us to be our best selves, we need sleep and we need good sleep.

And how do Commanders, Contemplators, Conductors, and Creators uniquely approach focus? Do you have a sense of how they might approach focused productivity? We’d love to see you over on YouTube, and remember to share your comments below!

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Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.

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