Fifty years ago, our best business consultants told us time is our most important commodity. Today, it is attention and focus.
Our phones and computers are notifying us constantly about the latest updates. Meetings, news, sports and political updates come at us all the time.
Today, our average level of concentration in this environment is six minutes. However, in order to be creative and problem solve, we need at least twenty minutes to focus.
Leaders can set the tone with demonstrating a no phone, no email and no meeting days to encourage the concentration we need. Let's all give it a try. We have everything to gain to create our work and solve our business problems.
Some companies have established meeting and email blackout times when people can concentrate on projects. As much as 80 percent of available time at work is lost to meetings and emails, a figure that is undoubtedly compounded by collaboration across complex organizations. By setting aside a day or days when no emails and/or meetings are allowed, the team not only has time to focus on “real work,” but it gets a commitment that progress on projects is valued above instant responses.