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10 Tips for razor sharp concentration★

Writing to-do lists and keeping a
schedule may keep you organized, but
does it really help you get more done?
I believe that organization is important,
but what you really need is focus.
Being able to sit down and concentrate
intensely on your work for a few
hours. Even a half hour of focused
effort can get more done than an
entire day of distraction and
multitasking.
Here’s some tips to get into a state of
deep concentration where work flows
easily:
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1) Cut Off the Noise
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It may be obvious that distractions
aren’t helping your focus, but do you
actually cut them out? I’ll admit, it can
be tempting to put the e-mail alerts
on, turn on the IM and answer every
request sent your way. But in the end
it is only preventing you from
concentrating.
Getting into a state of concentration
can take at least fifteen minutes. If
you are getting distracted every five,
you can’t possibly focus entirely on
your work. Answer your e-mails at
scheduled times. Request that people
don’t interrupt you when working on a
big project. If you are required to
answer phones and drop-in’s
immediately, schedule work when the
office is less busy.
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2) Structure Your Environment
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The place you work can have an
impact on your ability to focus. Try to
locate yourself so you are facing
potential distractions such as doors,
phones or windows. This way you can
take a glance to assess sounds that
would otherwise break your focus.
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3) Clarify Objectives
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Know what your goal is clearly before
you start. If you aren’t sure what the
end result is, the confusion will make
it impossible to focus. Before I write
any articles, I define the main focus of
the article and get a brief mental
picture of the structure. Unclear
objectives often result in having to
redo sections of work.
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4) Divide Blobs
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Big blobs of tasks that have no clear
start or end point destroy focus. If you
have a large...


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