Losing focus is a common problem that can bring the best of us down at times. Prolonged projects, personal issues, constant distractions, or just a bad mood can toss our focus out of the window and affect our work so negatively at times that it even starts to have an impact on those around us creating an environment that lacks focus and attention to detail. While these are most certainly passing phases for all kinds of employees, teams, and leaders, it’s crucial to work towards pushing them out of their work lives. With so much going on around the world during this crisis and everyone holed up at home, it’s actually easier to lose focus despite spending most of the time in front of the system these days. An extended focus-less period in a workplace can cause severe damage to your business if it goes unchecked. As a leader, there a number of small but constant steps that you can take to ensure that your team doesn’t lose focus and their attention is brought back to tasks at hand now and then.
Make your purpose clear often
Employees tend to work much better when they know exactly what they are working towards and how their work matters. This makes them care about their work more, and they are willing to invest more efforts towards it. Making your team understand what exactly needs to be accomplished and why that is so helps give them a sense of importance towards that task, and they try to focus on it more.
Build continuous focus and clarity
Focus works with clarity in workplaces precisely as it works in DSLRs or a pair of binoculars, the more you fine-tune it, the clearer your image or vision becomes. In workplaces, it is vital to continuously redefine and refocus your constantly upgrading targets so that your entire team is on the same page and can work better together with increased determination.
Make how-to plans your go-to plans
Knowing what you want and conveying it to your team may not be enough. Sub-ordinates are often hesitant in approaching leaders with too many questions and end up losing track of the right or planned way to things in that process, losing focus, time, resources, and work. Helping your team understand your strategy well, and facilitating them in devising a plan to go about it aids them greatly in getting things done in the best way possible. A plan on paper helps them focus way more than an idea discussed on a call.
Teach them to prioritize as well as say no
Not everything can be done at the same time, and some tasks are genuinely more critical than others. Not communicating this to your team can end up making them lose focus and overburdening them with way too much mainly because of two reasons – either they are not clear about what’s more important, or simply because they are afraid to say no to you. Make it clear to your team what tasks are more critical and what can be done later. Moreover, tell them to say no when their plate is full so that you can re-assign it and get it done and they don’t have to give you something that’s not-so-good because of all the other work that they had to finish.