August 5, 2010

Productivity Tip: Focused Attention

Tools mentioned in the video:

Online Countdown Tool
Apimac Timer for Mac users

I’ve been working a lot with and building up this company and I’d like to create a short little video to let you know about a productivity secret that I have been using in order to finish up a ton of work in 24 hours a day. I have figured out a way to condense a lot of work into a short period of time. Let’s face it, we’re all fairly lazy and would rather have some free time to relax rather than trying to work 24 hours in a day.

I’ve got a little quote that has led me to this and has helped improve my productivity dramatically.

Focused Attention Leads To Success” -Chris Hughes

You may be aware of this, but you may not be. A lot of the time when we are doing something, our attention is all over the place. We are not taking the time to focus on one thing at a time and are often focusing on 2 or 3 things if not more. We’re not taking the time to take our brain and all of our focus and put it on one thing. We’re not focusing on the present moment and not focusing on what we are doing at this time.

The easiest way to start focusing your attention and to get more done for me is 20 minute work intervals.

What’s this mean?

Well, basically I have a tool on my MacBook Pro called the Apimac Timer and if you are on a Windows PC you can go to the Online Timer. What these are going to do is allow you to set a timer for doing your work. I always set mine for 20 minutes and then it rings after the 20 minutes is up.

So what I do is set the timer for 20 minutes, hit go and then I go directly to work with no distractions. I turn off my cell phone or put it on vibrate, I close out the tabs on Google Chrome that I am not doing, I log off of Twitter and Facebook and I focus my attention on doing the task at hand.

What will this do for me?

This allows me to create content that dominates. The content that I create is so focused and so on point to the message that I am trying to deliver that it improves my performance and makes me more money. Does that sound like something that you would like?

If you are struggling with creating blog posts it’s probably because you are distracted a lot of the time. Let’s face it, our generation was raised on Internet ADD and we tend to try to multi-task with everything that we do. This often leads to dis-jointed ideas and a lack of focus and clarity in the work that we deliver. This is bad for us because our audience then feels that we didn’t care when we put together our work and that we don’t work hard, while in reality we are working hard but are just distracted.

By focusing for the 20 or 30 minutes, you’ll probably notice a difference in the content you create and it will often take less time to get this content put together.

I want you to try this..

On the next blog post you write, close out everything that is not congruent with finishing the blog post that you are writing. Set the timer for whatever you are comfortable with and go to work! Do this and test it out to see what happens and whether it helps you or not. It may help you, but it also might not work for you. It’s up to YOU to try it out and see what happens. I’m curious as to find out whether this will help you or not.

Please try it out and leave your comments below on whether it helped you out or not. I’m curious to see what happens when something I do helps others 🙂

Chris Hughes

Chris loves learning, going on adventures, surfing and having fun. Chris on Google+

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MatthewNeer - September 12, 2010 Reply

Hey Chris,

You make some solid points here brotha. I have found nothing more productive than creating focused blocks of time to knock out some serious work man. Truly helps you master your effectiveness as an entrepreneur.

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