Can You Train Your Team to Focus?

Introduction

You really should make an effort to train your team to focus.  This will maximize their productivity during the workday.

The fast pace of the modern world makes it very easy to become distracted. There is often so much going on that workers become unfocussed and careless trying to get it all done at once.  That decreases their ability to focus and to stay on task throughout its duration. You can retrain your team to focus and concentrate to handle extended periods of time dedicated to one singular thing.

The good news is that this is totally achievable, it will just take some work on your end and on theirs.

How can you train your team to focus?

Train your team to focus and concentrate for improved productivity
Improve worker productivity and satisfaction – train your team to focus

Two simple ways…

  1. Practicing focus for a significant amount of time and 2) minimizing time spent on electronics are two of the most effective ways to do that.
Practicing Focus

Because the brain is a muscle, you can teach your team to actually train their brains to work at an optimal level.

I’m not kidding.

Practice makes perfect is the key concept here, as the activity of repetition can help make focusing easier in the future. Remind team members not to neglect short breaks, though, as their attention spans are only capable of so much concentration.

Focal Techniques

This practice is comparable to an exercise routine. You usually have a set amount of time and reps for each activity, and your focus is set on the routine for its entire duration. Practicing focal techniques is similar:

  • Every task needs an allotted amount of time
  • Within each task there are certain amounts of effort required
  • Frequency and repetition of these activities causes muscle memory, even in the brain
Practicing Focus

Practicing focus also teaches your team how to reach a state of “flow”, which is equivalent to being “in the zone”. This is the optimal state for focus and productivity because they are completely immersed in the task at hand. It is easier to tune out the world when their whole mind is focused on something in the present.

Minimizing Electronic Time

The technological advances that we have today are beneficial, but also wreak havoc on our attention spans.   Single-mindedness is necessary for focus. Phones, email, the web, and TV train our brains to process frequent bursts of short-term information rather than focusing on one particular thing.

train your team to focus and avoid electronics distractions

Specific Methods of Reprogramming Minds

A few ways you can use to train your team to focus despite electronics are to:

  • Set a specific time to use their phone
  • Silence their phone or put it on Do Not Disturb when working
  • Keep devices out of sight and out of reach when they are working
  • Have them limit YouTube, digital games, TV time, etc. to after your work is finished for the day

Even just these small adjustments can do impressive things to train your team to focus.

Train your team to focus
Conclusion

It might take some time and effort on their part, but the bottom line is that it is possible to train their brain to improve focus. Making changes to their routine, such as setting aside time to practice focusing or limiting technology usage, can be very effective tools to maximize their efficiency and ability to concentrate.

So those are a couple of simple ways to train your team to focus and get more done and get more satisfaction from their work.

Train your team to focus

Ask the Flexpert…What are Some Simple Tricks to Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

In January (and every January), about 40% of all Americans vowed to change one thing or another about themselves.

New Year ’s resolutions usually fall under the following categories:

New Years Resolutions

  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Stress management
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Focusing on personal relationships

Fast forward 6 months later, 60% will have completely forgotten all about their resolutions.

But carrying out your resolutions, whether for work or in your personal lifestyle, can be done. Read on to find out how.

1. Define your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. For example, you prefer making a presentation, going to a business seminar, or doing research by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions outside your personal scope. In other words, you prefer working on a team project, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the new year is always easier said than done. However, it’s the steps you take to reach that goal that’s the tricky part. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it’s wise to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Moreover, each time you achieve one, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your responsibilities.

One way to keep everything in check is to make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Having a specific end result prevents you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. Evaluating your progress will give your motivation a boost.
  • Achievable. You can set daily goals as a building block to bigger goals.
  • Relevant. Otherwise, if it’s not relevant, why bother?
  • Time-bound. Goals need to have a defined end date.
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3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for this year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Moreover, it’s equally important to not have too many resolutions up in the air at once. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Having a positive mindset is key when progressing towards your goals, but let’s be honest; every plan is bound for failure if you’re careful. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. If your motivation method is extrinsic, ask a co-worker to be your accountability partner. The idea is to nip it in the bud before it becomes stronger than your willpower so that you can surmount any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a peer or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, if it’s simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

Keeping your resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 5 steps, you can do anything you put your mind to. Moreover, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

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