How to increase concentration and awareness? Eleven life hacks to work efficiently
Set a time for distractions Let’s say a colleague came not just to chat, but to discuss the project. But now you are too busy to talk – especially if the conversation gets out of control and the repetition of what has been said begins. Announce the time frame for which you are ready to break as soon as possible. Example: “I am going to a meeting in 10 minutes” or “I need to call a client in 5 minutes.” Save thought fuel There are several ways to save thought fuel.If before that you learned how to use this or that time management system or just learned how to monitor your productivity, then many points are familiar to you. Interrupt yourself. Sometimes you can’t do anything to take control of the situation. By the way, this can often be understood in advance: a colleague is relaxed, speaks leisurely, does not touch on important topics – it seems that he has a little work today and a hell of a lot of time. If the topics of weather, news and gossip come up, you can politely “round off” the conversation without offending a person. Right in the middle of the phrase, try to kill yourself: suddenly stop, say that you have little time, and return to your business. Example: “Yes, mid-December, and only yesterday was May. By the way, my family and I went on vacation … Oh! Sorry, the report I’m working on needs to be submitted in an hour. I need to go back to him. It was great talking to you. Let’s continue tomorrow? ”Catch the Ninja Pulse And here is an exercise from Eric Larssen that will help focus:“ Once I watched a film in which there was a scene with a fight. I was very impressed with the ninja who pretended to be dead during the fight. The enemy leaned over him, did not detect a pulse and decided that he was dead – but, of course, he was mistaken! In the next instant, the ninja jumped up and defeated the enemy. The person present in the present knows how to calm himself. From that time I began to learn to control my pulse: I took deep breaths and then slowly exhaled. So I was immersed in a state of inner peace, no matter what the morning was and what will happen today – a rowing regatta, an exam or an ordinary school day. I am still doing this exercise and call it The Ninja Pulse. Want to catch your Ninja Pulse? close your eyes and count to yourself: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 … 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36. At the moment of the deepest and slowest breathing you are the Ninja. “Photo: Depositphotos Raise awareness Here another useful technique from Eric: “Not so long ago, my colleagues and I had a lesson in Oslo and offered an exercise. We asked:” What do you consider the most important thing in life? List 16 things. “What is the most important thing in your life? This is a serious question, but we ask ourselves quite rarely. Do this exercise now. At first the audience was dumbfounded: it seemed to them that 16 points was very But as soon as they started to write, they remembered a lot: love, friends, family, children, good health, achievements, art, awareness, after which we asked everyone to cross out 5 points – the least important of 16. Then – 3 more points. Then another 4. And another 1. Finally, only 3 items remained on each list. It was difficult. To think up and write down the 3 most important things is not at all that to cross out 13 and leave only 3. The exercise is not easy, because you consciously cross out important things yourself. But it increases your awareness. “Turn off notifications. If your brain is constantly attacked by a variety of alerts, then with each stroke you have less and less strength to resist them. On a working computer, only notifications from the calendar about an appointment are allowed, and on a smartphone – notifications only from the phone and, say, SMS, and then if SMS mainly comes from your bank and reports on purchases by card. Any other events can wait.