The Importance of Focus

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    Focus is a muscle, and you can build it (Elie Venezky).

    According to a study by Microsoft in 2015 the average human has an eight-second attention span – less than that of a goldfish. The good news is we can increase our attention just by doing a few simple things.

    1.  Focus on one task at a time. Resist the urge to let other things get in the way of your current task. Ignore texts, emails or even phone calls until you finish.
    2.  Switch between high and low attention tasks. Give yourself a break after completing a high attention task with something that is less intensive.
    3.  If people are interrupting you then request that they stop, put up a “do not disturb” sign.  People will usually respect those boundaries, even kids will.
    4.  Take short breaks. Short breaks allow your mind to rest before focusing again.

    For more tips and ideas go to the “Focus Scale Introduction”, “Focus Scale and Competencies“, and “Focus Attention Competency” in the Training Library at

    Please note that all previous “Take Time … to Rethink Stress” emails are in the Perspective website under the Forum Tab.

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