Flexible Focus from the Finding Time E-zine

Posted on January 26, 2014, under Time Management Skills.

flexible focusFlexible focus is a very helpful concept, and one that builds on yesterday’s article about finding the balance between creativity and discipline, and moving efficiently from one project to another.

So, to continue and take a look at flexible focus, I thought I’d share an article from the  Finding Time E-zine archive.  (And if you’d like to listen to this article, just click the link.)

Oops – here they come! Transitions. Conflicts. People problems. Emergency calls from home. You grit your teeth as you constantly shift your focus back and forth, for a minute, or a month. You manage it – usually – but it takes quite a toll. How does each new demand pull down your productivity? Would you like some support as challenges proliferate?

Well, developing Flexible Focus will give you the support you need.

Flexible Focus is deep, quiet work to create balancing strengths.

Put simply, you:

  • Internalize the power. For the emotional demands, you cultivate dynamic inner balance. And you also practice letting go of what’s no longer needed. The more attuned you remain to your core needs, the more you can rely upon your intuition and powers of observation. You can trust yourself to develop a reliable overview. Ultimately, self-reliance and self-care are keys to relating well in a changing landscape.
  • Externalize the tasks. For the complex logistical tasks, you create a light but sturdy framework of lists and templates. Flexible Focus requires that you periodically step close to examine details, then step back to survey the big picture. As you record your new insights and discoveries, you’ll develop effective new systems for yourself, like checklists or scripts.

These skills are simplifiers and they can be lifesavers! So let’s see how you can apply Flexible Focus to your life today

Here are several examples of classic situations that require Flexible Focus. Do you face any of these challenges now? Or, do any of these bring to mind other times when you have been stretched too thin?

  • Introducing/Integrating new people or projects into busy schedules.
  • Training new employees.
  • Balancing work and home demands.
  • Starting a new job.
  • Collaborating closely with a colleague whose work style is different from yours.

If any of these stand out for you, write them down. Remember, things become so much more manageable when you transfer them from your head to a page! Then, as mentioned:

  • Internalize the power. Go within to create a heart-based approach to the personal challenges, and
  • Externalize the tasks. Brainstorm about what systems you can develop to keep things running smoothly.  

You start to benefit as soon as you realize certain situations call for Flexible Focus. Bringing more thoughtfulness to these times will broaden your perspective. It will help you be patient with yourself and others, too. See how creating these strengths sends positive ripples throughout your day.

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