7 Ways to Get More Work Done
SEVEN WAYS TO GET MORE WORK DONE
When you think about the times you achieved full concentration
on any type of job, you will remember that the work was easier,
you were surprised at how much you accomplished, and the quality
of the work was high. The problem is how to achieve this level
of concentration, and how to reach it on a regular basis. Here's
some ideas you can use to more fully develop this trait.
1. The first is obvious - practice concentrating. The more it
becomes a habit, the less brain activity is necessary. Being
able to focus becomes less difficult. Also, you will find that
as you practice in different areas of your life, skills transfer
from one task to another more easily.
2. Make a dull job more interesting by inventing challenges for
yourself. Setting time or quality goals takes out some of the
drudgery. Consider rewarding yourself when you're done with it.
Make it the first thing you do just to get it over with rather
than dreading it all day.
3. If you think about how you would provide instruction to
someone who had not done the task before you may just discover
some interesting details in the job. Or, you might find time
wasting elements you've inserted because you weren't paying
enough attention to it. Even if it's something you don't like
doing, realize that you are good at it and appreciate your
4. Develop a ritual that makes it easier to devote undivided
attention to the work ahead. Habitual behavior helps to
calibrate the mind to a state of concentration. Perhaps it's
arranging your desk or tool area. Maybe it's organizing your
to-do list. Or you may call upon an image that gives you
strength and a feeling of being centered and ready to take on
whatever comes your way that day.
5. Take a break if you start feeling stressful. Once you are
distracted by emotion it's that much harder to give your full
attention to the present task. It's best if you don't lose what
concentration you've built up to that moment by talking to
others. Instead take some deep breaths, gaze out the window,
take a short walk, or listen to instrumental music for a few
minutes. Once you finish the job, then take a longer break to
relax before moving on to the next item you need to accomplish.
6. Do your best to block out everything else. Obviously, this is
much easier said than done. Becoming preoccupied with what will
happen when you finish this project tends to make your thoughts
more scattered. You need to be focused on the present moment.
Your thinking must be that right now, this is the most important
project to you. It should be the only thing in your
consciousness while working on it.
7. Believe that you are capable of attaining whatever the end
goal is. How many of you played the card game of Concentration
where you had to match the cards as they were flipped over? You
paid attention to the location of cards, you developed a ritual
for remembering where certain cards were, you didn't leave the
game until it was finished, you told yourself and/or your
partner that you were going to win, and you were elated (or at
the least quite satisfied) when you ended up with lots of
Here's to improved concentration in whatever you do whether it
be work oriented, scholastic, social, sports, or anything else.