"BE HERE NOW"
"Be Here Now," is another way of saying "Highly Focused." You should give whatever it is you're working on Highly Focused Attention. Think about your average day, especially the time you spend working from home. Do you spend most of the time working on one task at-a-time or three? Do you let phone calls, emails, texts, conversations or DR. Phil interrupt the task at hand?
THE DEATH OF MULTITASKING:
From the time that I began College in 1993 I've been taught the importance of multitasking, the ability to perform multiple tasks at one time. In time management training after training multitasking was stressed as a necessary means to efficiency. But times have changed. Now studies show that it takes a significant amount of time to refocus on a task once you've been interrupted. Our brains basically have to stop, rewind and review what we were working on each time we are interrupted before we can get back to where we were. This results in it taking more time to complete a task and with more errors. Multitasking is DEAD!
WORDS TO WORK BY:
"Be Here Now." Remember it, write it down, pin it up at your desk, make it your screen saver, write it in the steamed-up mirror before you shave. When its time to work, pick one task and give it all of your attention, your Highly Focused Attention. Do not pay attention to your phone, silence it. Incoming emails don't exist. And don't have the TV or other distractions on. If you get in the habit of doing this, you will finish the task in record time with higher quality. Then you move on to the next task. If you know you will be interrupted a lot, then that will not be the time for Highly Focused work. I've read that you can get 8 hours of normal work done in only 2 hours of Highly Focused work.
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
If its good enough for work, then its even better for life. When you are playing with your kids, use this focus on them. Don't pay attention to the TV or Internet while you are playing with them. They will know that you are NOT giving them all of your attention and they Will accept this as normal. Don't let that be. When you are watching them in a game or practice, pay attention and talk to them about it afterwards. You can't do this if you are multitasking and working on your cell phone half the time. BE HERE NOW. Focus on your kids. It will affect the rest of their lives. The same is true when it comes to your spouse/significant other.
Stop multitasking - Improve your work - Improve your life
Wherever you are, BE HERE NOW.