The role of focus in your professional life
Focus as Mood Enhancer
We all know that focus is important when we write papers or prepare for exams. Paying attention during study sessions can help ensure that we perform well. But recent research suggests that focus may provide benefits beyond getting work done – in fact, our very happiness may depend on it.
Staying in the Flow
Aside from perhaps the most adamant daydreamers among us, we all want to maintain our focus. Sometimes, though, that proves a lot easier said than done. When a particularly difficult or loathsome task is before us, it can seem relieving to enter the world of daydreams. But idle thoughts won’t allow you to be productive or – as study shows – content. Here are some tips for improving your focus.
Be intentional. Before you start working, think about what it is you want to achieve. Keep working until you finish whatever task it is you’ve assigned for yourself. If you won’t be able to complete a task, resolve to work on the project for a specific period of time.
Create a schedule. Human beings are creatures of habit, and we’re at our best when we have routines. Set up a schedule that allows you to capitalize on this fact, setting up specific blocks of time to study or do work. Be disciplined in compartmentalizing study time from other parts of your day.
Find your ideal space. Whether it’s the library, a study room or another place, try to spend your time studying in the place that is most comfortable to you. Leaving your living space can help you avoid any interruptions there. Not only that, going to a separate space to study can serve as a mental cue that it’s time for you to start getting things done.
Know yourself. If you’re most productive in the morning, that’s the time to do work requiring a lot of focus. Our bodies can be more receptive to the ‘flow’ state at different times of day, so it’s a good idea to take full advantage. Also utilize any concentration triggers you benefit from – whether that is soft background music or another cue.
Training benfits for duty performance
Training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Advantages to your business include:
- you choose what new skills your workforce gains, targeting skills to meet the needs of your operation for now and in the future
training your staff can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements
you demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. In turn, retention is a saving to you
Training has many benefits for your staff:
they acquire new skills, increasing their contribution to the business and building their self-esteem
- the training they do can take them into other positions within the organisation – positions with better prospects and/or better pay
- they’re upskilled to do new and different tasks, which keeps them motivated and fresh
- because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value them enough to invest in them. A good company is seen as one that retrains rather than churns.