As your learning more about mental focus and are working on your own mental capabilities to concentrate harder for longer periods of time, you may be wondering if you can get everyone else on your team to do the same. While you can’t force anyone to give mental focus exercises a try, you can certainly encourage them to do so.
Start with a little education. Share what you have been doing, things, like using a timer, a to-do list, and being careful about planning and prioritizing, has helped you get more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. You can even go so far as gifting your employees and colleagues’ books on the topic you’ve found helpful, or buy a kitchen timer for everyone on the team.
Next, it may be a good idea to offer an incentive to work harder and get more done. This could be in the form of a bonus if a project gets completed ahead of schedule, or you can let everyone out early on Friday if the work is done. Think about what motivates the people around you and what you are able to do for them.
Listen to your team and those working with you. You’ll learn a lot about what motivates them and what you can do to help them increase their focus. Don’t assume that what’s working for you will work for them. Suggest alternative methods for increasing focus and help them find their personal motivation.
Above all don’t try to force it. Keep it fun, and maybe even try making a little competition out of it. If you’re using the Pomodoro technique, for example, keep a board in your workplace where people can jot down how many “pomodori” they’ve done today. Or keep track of where you’re at with a project along with the upcoming deadlines. That alone will start to motivate your team to work harder and get more done in less time. As one or two people around, you start to adapt the techniques you share with them and they start to see results, others will be more likely to jump on board.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to lead by example. Make sure they see you use that kitchen timer yourself and get things done in a very timely manner. Show them how much extra free time you have to take a long lunch, or take off early on Friday as you’re putting in the effort to improve your mental focus.
About Shanna A. Jefferson
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