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(4) Learn how to ignore things

As was suggested, one of the reasons it’s so difficult to stay focused is that humans are naturally prone to interruption. This was implied by Maggie Jackson in her book “Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age”. She claimed people naturally jump to react to new information as a built-in survival instinct.

It’s a fact of life that we’re drowning in information, but there’s a trick people can use to ensure they quickly complete whatever it is they need to achieve: simply ignore things. That’s right, ignoring the background noise around you we don’t mean the people in your office is a tactic that increases productivity.

Despite previous studies having concluded that attempting to ignore irrelevant information will only hinder people more, it’s recently been suggested that when people are given time to learn what’s possible to ignore, they’re able to complete tasks faster and more efficiently. In fact, those explicitly ignoring distracting information improve their visual search performance, according toJohns Hopkins University’s latest research.

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Although trying to disregard distractions might initially slow people down, the researchers concluded that over time, people are more efficient when they know what’s not worth paying attention to. The ability to ignore is a key part of the ability to pay attention.

(5) Try to get rejected a few times

Welcome being rejected, according to John Hopkins University’s Sharon Kim, who claimedsocial rejection can inspire imaginative thinking. She said: Were seeing in society a growing concern about the negative consequences of social rejection, thanks largely to media reports about bullying that occurs at school, in the workplace, and online. Obviously, bullying is reprehensible and produces nothing good. However, exclusion from a group can sometimes lead to a positive outcome, such asgreater creativity.

In order to prove this, she carried out some research involving two groups people each beinggiven a set of personality type questions. They were told, that they might be considered for future exercises again. When both groups returned two weeks later, the first one was told to complete a few tasks before joining the next group. The other group was being told to complete tasks, but wouldnt join the next group again.

They needed to complete RAT tasks, whereby which they got a few unrelated words like cottage/swiss/cake and needed to combine each one with the same word to build a useful connection. For example: cottage cheese , swiss cheese and cheese cake .

The people who were rejected consistently outperformed those that were included. And those, that were labeled as independent by the researchers outperformed everyone else even more in the tasks.

(6) Scrap digital meetings and instead use post-it notes and learn how to draw toast

One Poll research revealed while companies that plan with the use of post-it notes are the most disorganised, the post-it note can fundamentally increase the creativity and collaboration of your team, as well as boost your company’s innovation and productivity.

In his book, “Change by Design”, Ideo CEO Tim Brown recommended the post-it as the perfect tool for brainstorming. He specifically proposed brainstorming sessions, during which each idea is written on a single post-it note and then stuck to a wall. Each participant is then given a stack of post-its and told to stick a note on each idea they like. The ideas that accumulate the most post-it votes progress to the next stage. This process continues until consensus emerges.

Furthermore, Tom Wujec, a fellow at 3D entertainment software firm Autodesk, allegedly stumbled across a simple design exercise that helps people understand and solve complex problems by drawing toast. Most drawings, he claimed, have nodes and links. Nodes represent the tangible objects like the toaster and people, and links represent the connections between the nodes. And it’s the combination of links and nodes that produces a full systems model, which presents how we think something works. What’s interesting about these systems models is how they reveal our various points of view.

Now imagine if you were to drawsomething more relevant or pressing, like your organisational vision, or customer experience, or long-term sustainability There’s a visual revolution that’s taking place as more organisations are addressing their wicked problems by collaboratively drawing them out. Clearly, those who see their world as movable nodes and links really have an edge.

(7) Dont visualise your goals

Ironically, visualising your goals actually makes youless likely to achieve them, according toAForbesArticle. It cited research from Heather KappesAndGabriele Oettingen, who had published their findings in theJournal of Experimental SocialPsychology. Itsuggested that not only was positive visualisationineffective, it wascounterproductive.

By imagining yourself attaining a certain goal, you unintentionally trick your mind into thinking youve already accomplished it. Of course, if your brain thinks youve already reached your goal, your motivational switch is going to get turned off.

Positive fantasies of success drains the energy out of ambition,” they said.

Instead, keep your goals to yourself and in your head. There is also a Ted Talk by Derek Siverson the subject of not telling others what you hope to accomplish, presenting research dating back to the 1920s.


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