For how long can you work on a difficult task without losing focus?
Let’s measure it. Get hold of a stopwatch – then choose an unpleasant task you’ve been putting off.
- Start the stopwatch
- Begin working on the task
- Work for as long as you can before you feel the urge to grab some water or stop what you’re doing for some other compelling reason. Stop the stopwatch.
This is your distractibility score. You now have a measure you can improve on over time. Think about brain plasticity – you can change anything if you put your mind to it.
Can you manage 2 hours’ sustained work on daunting tasks? No? How about 10 minutes? Don’t worry, you can increase your time gradually and at least you now have a clear goal to reach.