Focus is about unlocking our creative potential when we’re immersed deeply in something challenging. This deep work is often where we master our craft and produce stuff of real value. But the typical workplace promotes context-switching and this drains cognitive function. Human brains are not wired for a working day of glancing between your inbox, various different documents, slide decks, and more. No wonder that 45% say this makes them less productive and 43% say it is very tiring to switch between tools and communications channels all the time.
Five conversation starters to evaluate and strengthen team focus
- Are there certain tools or channels that indicate an emergency? (A signal that if we get that type of message, we know to drop everything and respond asap, but all other channels can be silenced for deep work.)
- Do we ever lose time or concentration looking for certain files or information? If so, are there commonalities between the types of resources that get lost?
- Which hours each day should we reserve for meetings and collaboration, and which can we block off for independent working?
- Have we consolidated our tools into a workhub and eliminated the most distracting ones?
- What are your favorite strategies for re-energizing your mind when you feel distracted or blocked?
Next step: supplement your communication charter
Add more information into your team’s communication charter that supplements how and when to communicate, with how and when to NOT communicate. Include tips and expectations for blocking deep work time on your calendar, turning notifications off outside of business hours, and taking personal wellness breaks throughout the day.