The Power of Focus

It’s often said that you get what you need when you need it. You know, you are going through something and all of a sudden, every article you read, commercial you watch, topic of conversation seems to converge around that topic. I’ve been struggling lately with the overwhelming abundance of tasks I’m trying to complete on my project, the exorbitant number of meetings, and how to get it all done without feeling completely overwhelmed.

I’ve been realizing that it comes down to FOCUS. Focusing on one thing at a time. Doing it really well and then moving on to the next task. Stop trying to do everything at once.

Then this article was posted to Linked In, and it spoke to me. It was just what I needed to re-affirm my desire to focus on one thing at a time.

There are six really great tips that we can all apply. I think #2 in the manager’s tips is a BIG one!

What do you think? Does focusing on one task at a time provide greater benefit than trying to be the master of multitasking?

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2 Responses to The Power of Focus
  1. Gretchen Hansen
    July 30, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Focus is important for a number of reasons. It supports a higher quality product. However, there is a more valuable reason to focus that is often overlooked. When we focus on a task, we show it and those we are working with us more respect. Working with someone who comes across scattered and unfocused puts collaborators off, and eventually makes them question if they can respect and trust our work, and by extension, us! The consulting culture mistakenly lauds those who can multi-task. Production over quality leads to mistakes that can be costly later in the project cycle. I believe focus promotes WIN/WIN results for all involved.

  2. Real World BA
    August 5, 2012 | 8:18 pm

    Well said, Gretchen! I couldn’t agree more about focus supporting a higher quality product. I think we’ve all fallen victim from trying to do too much at once and feeling like we are delivering less than 100%. I know I have!

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