Learn how to protect your focus by reducing the physical distractions around you. In this video, Dave Crenshaw shares the power of using inboxes to minimize distractions.
- When we talk about protecting your physical focus,…we're talking about all the stuff…that you have around you.…The cards, the cords, the paperwork,…whatever it is, these objects…chip away at your focus.…Every time you see them,…it reminds you of something that needs to be done,…and just for that moment it pulls your focus…away from whatever you were working on to that object.…What we want to do is channel all this stuff…down two paths.…Either your Physical inbox or a Portable inbox.…
By a Physical inbox I mean a four-walled box…that's open at the top that's big enough…to gather all the stuff that you have,…and by the Portable inbox, I mean a folder…or a padfolio, something that you carry with you,…your purse, that you can put stuff…when you're away from the office.…When you see something that's out of place,…should you put it away?…No, doing that will actually steal your focus…because it's going to take too much time…to take that cord and put it into the right spot.…
Instead, just grab it and toss it into the inbox.…
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- Maintaining focus for longer periods of time
- Using your calendar to preserve focus
- Building a mental firewall
- Establishing expectations and boundaries
- Making time for others
- Avoiding distractions in a digital world
- Improving your workspace