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Blog: Ignite Your Energy and Grow Your Life!
Don't Freeze, Focus

Getting focused is largely about what you choose not to do, rather than what you choose to do. It's a matter of setting aside other work or projects to concentrate on a priority, a kind of temporary clearing the deck of distractions so you can reach a goal. Getting focused is how we get things done. Sometimes the sheer volume of what we have to do makes us freeze right in our tracks. 
 Why multitasking doesn't work:  A study by The Journal of Experimental Psychology study showed that it takes the brain 4 times longer to recognize and process each task you're working on when you switch back and forth among tasks.  Trying to manage 2 or more mental tasks at one time significantly reduces the brain power available to concentrate on either one.
Your work takes longer because of time lost switching gears.  Your productivity lowers and your stress increases.  You freeze.
Symptoms of Multitasking trauma:
  • Gaps in attentiveness.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Short term memory deficiency.
  • You are less effective, your work takes longer to do.
  • Your level of completion goes down.
  • The quality of your work will go way up.
  • The sense of accomplishment will greatly energize you.
  • You'll greatly relieve stress (which contributes to weight gain! The stress hormone, cortisol, is released which is responsible for mid-section weight gain.)
 If you have trouble concentrating, begin with a minimum focus time that is comfortable for you to maintain and slowly increase it incrementally. Work with peak energy cycles whenever possible.

posted on: 9/1/2009 9:30:00 AM by Robin Stephens
category: Time Management

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by Karen on 11/15/2009 10:46:28 AM:

You're right about multi-tasking. Jeff Campbell and the Clean Team brought up a Latin phrase," Age quod agis" or "Do what you are doing". They have written several books on cleaning your home such as "Speed Cleaning" where you can cut your cleaning time in half.

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