How to be less distracted - Focus on the task at hand

Multitasking is problematic. It's a real thing, and study after study are showing that not only does multitasking slow your performance...it can harm your brain over time. I noticed that most of my older friends and colleagues remember when personal computers first proliferated and we all thought that multitasking was great. We seemed so much more productive with our new tool at hand....you took pride in announcing how good you were at performing multiple tasks at the same time. It was something that we all wanted to be good at.

The younger generation has a different problem...they don't know that they are distracted by multitasking. They have grown up using their eyes to move from screen to screen...back and forth...in their minds...distractions caused by their phones are not distracting at all, they're just a part of life. Go look at a group of high school or college students for a short time...the phones are moving around the group...each distracting the other with additional screens to look at. The idea of focus is really not to be explored.

If you are older like me...stop thinking that you want to be good at multitasking....and if you are part of the younger generation...please start to understand that the phone is a distraction.

I wrote a post about learning to deal with cell phone distractions, and it is one of the only ways that I've found to produce total focus for short amounts of time. The other strategy to advance focus is using time in the early AM to focus.

Coach Ball's Note: I love football practice and games. It is the only place that the phones are still looked at as a distraction and are not used at all. Could you imagine getting a new snap right before the snap of the ball?

Classroom Quote:
What sets disciplined people apart? The capacity to get past distractions. Focus on the task at hand.
– Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells is a Superbowl winning head coach and general manager.

Disciplined people get past distractions

What could you focus on more? 

31 comments:

  1. I could focus more on one problem at a time rather than multiple.

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  2. I could focus more on one situation or task rather than trying to juggle everything at once.

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  3. I could focus on my school rather than problems i can't do anything about

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  4. I could focus more on taking things slow and one at a time rather than trying to tackle everything at once as fast as I can.

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  5. I could focus more on homework and getting it done sooner rather than rushing to finish later.

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  6. I could work on school work rather then trying to go home and sleep

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  7. I could focus more on improving myself as a strong volleyball player rather than trying to surpass all of my teammates.

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  8. I would like to focus more on school work to get good grades and to get better at sports

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  9. I could focus more on trying to be a better skiing by putting more effort into the sport.

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  10. I think I could focus more on school because it is so important to your life and will teach you everything.

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  11. I could focus more on my school work

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  12. I could focus more on my school work. I've been more distracted on every thing and one around me that I can't focus one any of my work.

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  13. I think I should focus on my school work and working on my athletic skills.

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  14. I could focus more on school work and homework. Also just plain on learning.

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  15. I want to focus on being more socialized, so I could talk to people more commonly

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  16. I could focus more on my school work and do one thing at a time.

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  17. I should focus on school and playing football.

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  18. I can focus more on the sports I play.

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  19. I could focus on school and not doing 3 thing at one time.

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  20. I think I should focus on fixing grades and learn how to play other sports than just baseball.

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  21. I can focus more on fixing grades and getting better at softball.

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  22. I could focus more on my homework rather than getting of track.

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  23. I can focus more on getting my grades up.

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  24. I can focus on grades and sports.

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  25. I think I could focus more on doing homework right away so that I don't forget about it and then get a 0.

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  26. I could focus more on getting work done for school.

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  27. I could focus more on turning my assignments in on time.

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