I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Each day there are dozens of tasks that are calling your name, both at work and in your personal life. With life being so busy, it’s easy to lose focus on the big picture. How many times have you gone to bed wondering what you actually accomplished that day? Or have you ever felt like your day was somehow wasted? To avoid these feelings, you can try a few different methods to get yourself back on task.
Rather than lamenting your wasted time, resolve to regain your focus and get back on task. A great philosopher once said, “If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.” True. There might be people who are able to multitask and do it relatively well, but more often than not, people who split their attention between two different tasks have a more difficult time completing both tasks well.
Here are five ways to regain your focus and get back on track:
1. Eliminate the distractions. Get rid of the barriers that are causing you to avoid getting things done. It’s that simple. Forget about checking email every five minutes. Those emails will still be there when you complete your task. Make a list of distractions and eliminate them. Turn off the phone and let the voicemail take over, close the blinds in your home or office, and turn off the music if you find yourself singing more than working. Simply closing a door to your office can give you more privacy and more focus.
2. Prioritize your work. Rather than working on projects simultaneously, take one thing at a time. Focus on it and worry about all the other projects later. Ultimately, you’ll get a lot more done, and you’ll finish it more quickly. You’ll also be recognized for the high quality that you deliver when you’re free from distractions. Find a way to prioritize what works best for you. Choose either the project that has the earliest deadline or the one with the least components so you can finish it quickly and get it out of the way. There are pros and cons to both systems, so tackle it whichever way works for you.
3. Tell everyone to respect your time. There are many friendly and respectful ways to tell people to back off. If you’re finding yourself in a time crunch and can’t seem to get away from others, consider letting them know that you need time to finish some important tasks. There are a lot of different ways to do it; just make sure you do it. Set times that you accept phone calls and even visitors. Tell them to contact you by email or text, then set a regular time to check your mail. Set business hours during which people can expect you to return their calls or emails.
4. Set some limitations on your internet access. The internet is fantastic, but it can be a huge time waster (especially if you work at a computer all day long). Regain your focus with some self-imposed rules. First, close all tabs you’re not using. Avoid social media, quit searching on Google, and leave WhatsApp. Establish specific times each day to use these fun things and just focus on what you have to do. You’ll quickly accomplish more.
5. Have confidence in your abilities. This may seem like a really small thing when it comes to focusing and getting back on task, but believing you can do and get everything done that you set out to do puts you in a positive frame of mind, and you’ll be less distracted with stress and worry. Have confidence that you can complete each task with ease and believe in your ability to deliver. If you just have the confidence, you’re sure to have the focus.
Now that you’ve been introduced to five ways to focus and get back on task, it’s up to you to take action and learn how to focus on your thoughts. If you’ve got to get stuff done, follow the steps so you can put yourself and your goals first.
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I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your practice.
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