Have you noticed how easily children can become absorbed in what they’re doing? For most of us, however, it can be something of a challenge. But some people can focus intently on what they're doing and perform exceptionally well as a result.
Psychologists refer to this state of absolute absorption and engagement as being "in flow ."
When we're "in flow," we dedicate all our thoughts to one task. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.
But, with all the distractions of modern workplaces, it can seem almost impossible to focus properly.
Try these four tips for finding your flow…
1. Get comfortable and cut out distractions. Wear headphones to drown out excess noise or tidy up a messy desk to get "in the zone."
2. Keep interruptions at bay. Switch off your phone, close your emails, and let your co-workers know you'll be unavailable for an hour or two.
3. Manage your stress. When work is piling up, it can be easy to become flustered. Use time management tools to help take control of your day.
4. Organize your thoughts. Clear your mind of worries and distractions by writing out a To-Do List. Avoid multitasking. Just focus on doing one task and do it really well.
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