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lunes, mayo 05, 2008

HOW TO: Concentrarse en el trabajo

Cómo mantenerse concentrado en el trabajo, evitar interrupciones y hacer que cada minuto cuente.

16 Ways to Keep A Razor- Sharp Focus at Work | Zen Habits
Focus is something that must be fought for. It’s not something that automatically switches on when you want to. You have to make sure your surroundings are perfect for working if you want to be focused. Here’s a few ways I’ve found this to work:
  1. Use offline tools. Paper products, pens, and other
    physical tools are a Godsend for those of us who have a hard time
    focusing throughout the work day. They’re so simple that we can
    use them quickly, without having to worry about becoming distracted.
  2. Take more breaks. More breaks = More productivity.
    It may sound wrong, but it’s true. Breaks allow us to re-group
    our thoughts and focus for the task at hand. They also keep us fresh so
    that we don’t end up burning out after only a few hours work.
  3. Smaller tasks to check off. When you’re
    planning your day, make sure that your “action steps” (aka
    items in the checklist) are small actions. Instead of “Paint
    living room”, try breaking it down into many tasks, like
    “buy paint, buy rollers, pick colors” etc.
  4. Keep a steady pace. Don’t try to do to much.
    Keeping the pace manageable allows you to keep your focus.
    Unfortunately, people can confuse this with “Work till you drop
    without breaks”. See number 2.
  5. Keep a daily “purpose” card.
    It’s pretty easy to get lost staring at the computer all day
    long. We’ll find rabbit holes to wonder down (ie. Youtube,
    Myspace, etc.) if we’re not careful. Having your daily purpose
    card gives you clarity and a reminder as to what you’re doing
  6. Develop the mindset that the computer is only a tool.
    It’s easy to try and use the computer for too much. At its core,
    the computer is merely a tool (albeit a freakin’ awesome one)
    that allows to do work more efficiently. If we’re using it as
    something more than that, (like as a solution for your life),
    you’ll ultimately fail. It’s like trying to eat a steak
    dinner with only a spoon.
  7. Plan your day to the T. If you’re finding
    sporadic periods of laziness throughout the day, it could be because
    you don’t take enough breaks (see #2), and you don’t have
    the day mapped out as efficiently as you could. Make sure your list of
    todos has lots of small, actionable steps that can be done quickly.
    This will gives a really satisfying feeling when you’re crossing
    things off your list like crazy.
  8. Notice your lazy routines. Everyone has recurring
    lazy spots throughout the day. Plan to have your breaks for those
    times. You’re going to be lazy then anyway, right?
  9. Plan the night before. Planning the night before
    is a great way to really get focused on the next day.
    “Sleeping” on your tasks and goals for the following day
    can really help your mind expect what’s going to happen the next
    day. Essentially, you’re preparing your mind for the following
    day. Advanced focus.
  10. Turn off extra inputs. These are IM and email for
    me, but we all have our Achilles heel. Completely turn off any
    distracting piece of technology that you own. Every one of these inputs
    tries to steal bits of your focus. And they won’t rest until they
  11. Set time limits for tasks. There’s no motivation like a deadline. Giving yourself real deadlines
    is a great way to stay motivated and focused on the task. Given the
    fact that we human are natural procrastinators, it’s no surprise
    that we’ll take as long as we’re allowed to finish
    something. Setting real but attainable limits is a great way to keep
    the project humming, so to speak.
  12. Keep a journal of what you did throughout the day.
    I like to use a moleskine notebook for my lists just so I can go back
    and review it every now and again, to see what I’ve done. Knowing
    how far you’ve come can keep you sharp and motivated to finish.
  13. Use programs to track where you spend your time.
    This is a real eye-opener. Knowing just how much time you spend every
    day/week/month on a certain site or with a certain program can quickly
    show you where your priorities lie. I recommend Rescue Time, but there are many others.
  14. Visualize the day in the morning, before it starts.
    A little pre-work meditation on the day’s events is a great way
    to start the day off focused and productive. Don’t worry about a
    full 30 minute session, a quick review before you start the day is fine.
  15. Start the day right. Starting the day with a good
    breakfast, some quiet time and/or exercise is a great way to set your
    day up for success. Sounds like a cliche, but it really works.
  16. Clean yourself up. It’s why my track coach
    in high school made us dress up for big races: you perform the way you
    feel. And if you feel polished, groomed and ready, you’ll be more
    likely to be productive. For me this is just taking a shower, brushing
    my teeth and putting on casual clothing. I used to work all day without
    taking a shower in my PJ’s, but I never got much stuff done.
    Let’s be honest here… if you’re dressed really
    casually, odds are you’ll be working really casually. Just taking
    the time to clean up a bit before you buckle down for the day is never
    a bad idea.

1 comentario:

eugenio abraham dijo...

good post. Con tips de utilidad. Saludos.