While the phrase “Singular focus” has been used to an extent in research and in articles such as this, it’s not quite mainstream yet. I personally think it should be. In today’s day and age, with the obscene amount of distractions we face literally by the second, a singular focus is becoming more and more crucial to work productivity. But what is singular focus? I define singular focus as “focusing on one task and one task only until it is finished before you can move on to the next task.” This is way easier said than done. How many times have you been in the middle of something when your phone rings? Or how about you hear that sound on your phone that tells you an email just arrived? Here’s another question:
How many of you actually IGNORE these messages and go back to the task you were doing and wait until you are finished before checking the email or message or whatever other distraction just took place? Probably not many of you. But why? It’s because we’re so hardwired to be multi-taskers and so programmed to believe that every single message or every single email holds some importance in our lives that we simply cannot live without checking them. But what if you could just let that go? Remember folks, there was a time before cell phones. There was a time when the internet didn’t exist. There was actually a time when multiple distractions didn’t come in such huge intervals.
Here’s something you can try throughout your work day. Know and understand the important tasks you have to accomplish that day. Let NOTHING come in the way of those tasks. You’ll soon find out easily and quickly that any message you received or email you got could have waited. 99 times out of 100 this will be the case. And if it’s a real emergency? Tell someone to call you, text you, anything so you can be the judge of the importance. The point is that when you can break down your day into separate pieces and accomplish them one by one, you will find that your day moves faster and that you can accomplish considerably more.
I’ve personally found that my productivity has increased ten fold using singular focus. If I’m really calculating, up over 250%. There are times when I’m even bored and looking for stuff to do because I compartmentalized everything into manageable tasks.
For more on this watch the video above. Give it a try and see what happens!