In this video, Dave Crenshaw shares the two facets necessary to improve focus—protecting focus and growing focus. Protecting your focus involves guarding against focus losses and switch-tasking. Growing focus concentrates on maximizing the amount of time you can focus.
- There are two facets when it comes…to improving your focus.…You can compare this to perhaps your favorite team sport.…Mine is football, and on football…there's both offense and defense.…On the defensive side of focus,…we're going to protect your focus.…This means we're going to work…on ways to keep you from losing your focus…and reduce the number of switches…that are taking place in your day and in your mind.…On the offensive side of focus,…we want to grow it, we want to improve it…and maximize your ability to maintain focus…for longer periods of time.…
And also, focusing on what is most important.…There are five areas where we're going to both…protect and grow your focus.…First is the digital area.…This includes phones, computers,…anything that's beeping or buzzing at you…or has a glowing screen.…Next, we'll cover the physical aspect of focus…which primarily refers to your physical workspace.…Next, we'll cover your mind.…How well you can keep your attention focused…on what's most important.…
We'll cover time, which is about how to schedule things…
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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