BUSINESS BULLET: Focus. Focus. Focus

When you are overworked and overloaded, it's easy to get distracted, says serial entrepreneur Colin Turner. But you can only truly be your best if you learn to tune out the noise and focus on the task at hand.

by Colin Turner
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2012

If you were having an operation, would you want your surgeon to take a call while operating on you? Or to be distracted by someone making small talk as the scalpel hovered over your body?

The idea of a surgeon not finishing what has been started, to leave it to another day, to perform a rushed procedure, is anathema. Yet we do not apply the same discipline to our own professions.

Of course, most of us aren't working in the same life-threatening situations. But, by learning to focus your mind on single tasks, finish them, and them move on, you will find your working day becomes far more effective and rewarding. Instead of several half scribbles next to each item on your to-do list, you'll have ticked off the lot.

It's important to make sure that you're doing the right tasks too. Business is not about being active with minutiae. It is about being productive by doing what is important. Make sure you know the really core aspects of your role and responsibilities - the patients on the operating table, as it were - and always give those tasks your full attention.

Colin Turner was born and raised in a caravan. Today he is the author of more than 18 fiction and non-fiction books, published in 75 countries and 39 languages and is the go-to man as business advisor to organisations such as Microsoft, IBM, Pfizer, Claridges, BT, RBS and the Chinese Embassy.

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