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4 Simple Ways You Can Regain Your Focus at Work

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It’s hard to get work done at work. Office chatter, phone calls, and the familiar smartphone “ping” are hard to ignore in an open office. You’re also contending with email and Slack notifications flying across your screen. Your attention is everywhere and nowhere.

These distractions make it difficult to concentrate and produce quality work. There’s reason to believe office life will change. Distractive environments aren’t conducive to the long stretches of uninterrupted time workers need to think and create.

Until that day arrives, millions of workers need ways to make due. So I’ve come up with several ways you can regain your focus at work:

1. Find a quiet place to work

You’ll be amazed at the amount of quality work you complete in just one quiet, uninterrupted hour. To get that hour, you’ll need to escape the chaos of the open office.

There are options even for workplaces with limited space. Here are several suggestions:

  • Grab a conference room early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it’s less likely to be occupied.
  • Find a vacant office with a door.
  • Go to the office lobby, which is usually only occupied by the receptionist, and crank out a bit of work.

The effort to find a quiet place is worth it. You’ll get far more done in one hour in a quiet, distraction-free environment, than two to three hours in a noisy office.

2. Protect your time

Identify your most productive time of the day, and then protect it like gold. Use this time to complete difficult tasks, like writing or programming. Save less demanding tasks, such as checking email and attending meetings, for non-peak hours.

One way to protect your peak working hours is to block your calendar, so colleagues don’t inundate it with meetings. Another is to avoid all distractions: resist checking text messages, making phone calls, and scanning social media feeds.

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

3. Stop reacting

We feel compelled to constantly check and respond to email, text messages, and social media posts. This obsession has bled into the work world. It’s common to see employees working on one computer monitor and responding to Slack messages on the other.

However, reacting to digital stimuli at a moment’s notice is often unnecessary. Few things are so important that they need an instantaneous response. Plus, research shows that you may sacrifice up to 40% of your productivity by moving between tasks. So either write the report or respond to messages—don’t try to do both at the same time.

An alternative is to be proactive. Start your day with a plan that designates periods of work and periods of communication. For example, “9 A.M. to 11 A.M draft report” and “11 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. check emails and respond to messages.” When you stop reacting, you can start focusing and producing great work.

4. Work from home

It’s becoming more common for companies to offer the opportunity to work remotely. Try it, so you can work without distractions imposed on you.

If your company doesn’t offer remote opportunities, it’s still worth asking your boss if you can try working one day from home to see how it goes. Assuming your boss agrees, keep track of what you accomplish. Your productivity will likely soar when you’re not working in a distractive office environment. You’ll want to share this information with your boss to help secure a regular work from home schedule.

Above all, eliminating digital and physical clutter is one of the best ways to regain your focus at work. Only keep the essential materials on your desk and computer screen, so you’re not tempted by distractions. Move your smartphone out of sight, with the sound and notifications turned off. Close all digital communication tools, like email and instant messenger, so you can focus on the task at hand.

“Starve your distraction. Feed your focus.”

There are undoubtedly many distractions to contend with in the current workplace. However, there are some factors within your control. A few small changes can increase your focus at work, thereby improving the quality of your work and overall productivity.

What is one of the ways you keep focused at work? Comment below and let us know!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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