I changed jobs this month. I am now the director of product development for a health device manufacturer. The firm is based in a small facility in Louisville, KY and my staff is completely remote. As a director in charge of all product development, I was given an office to work from. My ability to focus on results has risen to a new high as a result of the environment.
As I presented in The Effects of Office Environments on the Productivity of Knowledge Workers, productivity is greatly reduced when distractions are present in the workplace. My new work environment bolsters the opinions I presented in that article.
My new surroundings enable me to:
- Fully focus on the current task
- Reflect on upcoming tasks and projects
- Schedule work when I am most effective and productive
- Plan my time based on productivity and effectiveness
- Cease reacting to a cacophony of distractions
The results have been astounding. I am 2-3 times more productive and produce higher value than in any situation I have ever worked. Because of the focus enabled by the surroundings, I am able to complete tasks in ½ half the time. Also, I complete the task at a time of my choosing rather than when I can “get to it”.
Focus is the key to being effective in creating the value you are designed (and employed) to produce. Create ways to enable focus in your life. Only then can you bring your best to the world.