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DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS

As a BOSS, you are very aware of multitasking and the pitfalls associated with performing two or more unrelated tasks simultaneously, but according to author and speaker Linda Stone (Harvard Business Review, February, 2007), there is another variation of multitasking.

Have you ever seen those people who are in a meeting but look like they would rather be elsewhere? You see them constantly glancing at whatever technological device they have in front of them. They may be checking their email, sending text messages, scanning stock quotes, making dinner reservations -- or, more likely, doing several things.

Such activities not only draw participants’ attention away from the business being conducted at the table, they also compete with one another. This is called continuous partial attention, according to Stone. Our ability to focus is compromised in this sleep-deprived, interruption-driven, always-on world mode. Being able to focus in the moment on what is important, at the exclusion of everything else, and is essential if full engagement is to be achieved. Just like a professional athlete, we must train our mental "muscles" to improve our ability to focus, regardless of the distractions around us and this takes conscious, deliberate practice. TIP: Try putting your mobile out of reach when working on your computer and stepping away from your computer when checking your mobile. Deliberately separating sources of information may help stay laser-focused on one, before switching focus to another, instead of trying to spread your focus across multiple things. With persistence and effort this should become a habit. Want more tips like this? Go to www.anaceneviva.com or www.mindandbodyboss.com and sign up to our newsletter! *Based on HPI Concepts.

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CHALLENGE: DON’T TOUCH YOUR PHONE WHEN YOU WAKE UP. CAN YOU DO IT?

An article at Psychology Today states that one of the side-effects of living in a digital age is that we are increasingly removed from our physicality and each other. Our biology is short-circuiting. The balance of neurochemicals that evolved for millennia has been disrupted by our modern lives, making us more prone to depression, anxiety and malcontent. But your lifestyle choices and changes in behavior that can improve your brain chemistry, make you feel better and motivate you to maximize your human potential.

 

For many of us, executives and entrepreneurs, touching your phone first time in the morning - even before going to the bathroom - brings stress, anxiety and a sense of being ‘behind’ that does NOTHING for your brain chemistry. Even if it’s just a quick pick on Facebook. For your brain, it can sometimes mean you are alone-together. Not the best feeling to start the day, right? 

From the physiological perspective (just because you are not yet convinced) there are many studies documenting the correlation between the use of social media and stress. 

 

Stress might come from maintaining a large network of Facebook friends, feeling jealous of their well-documented and well-appointed lives, the demands of replying to text messages, the addictive allure of photos of fantastic crafts on Pinterest, having to keep up with status updates on Twitter, and the “fear of missing out” on activities in the lives of friends and family.

 

It creates a stress response in your body, increasing cortisol levels and decreasing insulin. It makes you FLC (fell like crap) first thing in the morning and on top of that, can make your body accumulate fat and not build muscle. Not the best combination to start the day, agree?

 

So GIVE YOURSELF at least 1 PHONE-FREE HOUR, starting when you open your eyes and feel how it affects the rest of your day. I promise, it’s easier than it looks and so rewarding!

 

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