3 Effortless Ways to Enhance Your Focus
You always hear a lot of people saying that it’s better to work smarter than to work harder. But what exactly does this mean?
When it comes to online work, focus is the key to working smarter and doing your work much more efficiently. If you’re a virtual employee who lacks focus, you probably won’t be able to accomplish your tasks on time even if you stare at your computer screen all day. If you can’t focus, very little of what you’re doing will stick, and you’ll end up producing subpar work that your client might end up asking you to redo. Not very efficient, right?
If you want to provide the best virtual assistant services possible, you have to train your mind to focus. Need a little help? Here are 5 effortless ways to enhance your focus.
Have all your tasks listed in one convenient place.
It’s a lot easier to focus on your tasks if you can see everything you need to do in one place. Instead of keeping your desk cluttered with post-it notes or jotting down tasks and to-do lists in several different notebooks, consider using an app that can take care of all the note-taking for you.
There are plenty of note-taking apps and software out there that can handle more than just simple text notes. Many note-taking tools these days also allow you to do checklists, clip pages on the web, add images and videos, and so on.
Get away from distractions. Literally.
What distracts you the most when you work at home? The TV? Your cellphone? Your kids or other family members? Identify what your common distractions are and distance yourself physically from these distractions.
If the TV is what causes you to lose focus, move your workstation as far away form the TV as possible. If it’s your family that distracts you, go to an unoccupied room and lock it. Instruct your housemates that they are not to bother you until after you’re done working. You might even want to try working outside of your home for a while. Go to a cafe or shared working space until you’ve sharpened your focus enough to handle all the distractions at home.
Very few people are born multitaskers; most can’t keep their focus doing several things at once. You might think that multitasking can help you get things done faster, but the truth is that it can hamper productivity in a lot of people.
By splitting your attention across 3 different tasks, for instance, you end up producing poorer quality output and taking maybe twice or thrice as long to finish than if you just focused on one task at a time. The fact is, the brain works better when it’s not trying to think about a dozen different things at the same time. Don’t overwhelm your brain and unnecessarily stress yourself out.
Focus is an elusive thing for many VAs, but once you’ve mastered the art of focusing on your work, you’ll find yourself doing more work in less time, and being less stressed about it.
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