It’s often hard to stay focused on the present, writes Katherine Barr for Inc. Learning to focus and spend time in the present helps you perform better at work and ignore distractions. Here are Barr’s suggestions:
• Listen and respond. Listen to others and provide input. Use others’ goals to guide your responses by using “and” instead of “but.”
• Always prepare. Prepare for meetings well enough in advance, so you can think creatively about issues.
• Be creative. Exposing your brain to new environments trains it to respond to different stimuli, helping you to become more creative at work.
• Find new opportunities. Being fully present in the moment, you’re less likely to miss subtle movements from customers that signal new opportunities for action.
• Take a break. Taking a break between stressful work periods is important for clarity and productivity.
— Adapted from “5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Dramatically Improve Your Performance,” Katherine Barr, Inc.