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Maintaining and Improving Your Focus with Deep Work

Maintaining and Improving Your Focus with Deep Work

Read the following scenario below and tell us if it sounds familiar.

On a normal morning at work, your browser looks like this: work email on the left portion of your screen and a bunch of Word documents for other projects on the right side. There’s another set of browsers opened with several tabs meant for different tasks and activities – and there’s also your phone, nagging you with calls.

Hits too close to home? If what you read above is something that you see almost every single every day, then it means that your attention is divided among several things in one day. Don’t worry though, it’s totally normal, normal in a sense that it happens to almost everyone’s working today. With so much on our plate, we have the tendency to multitask, switching from one activity to another constantly in the hopes of getting more done. The only problem is that because of having so many activities right in front of us, our brains are having a hard time directing our attention into one activity.

If you’ve been struggling to achieve deep work, whether you’re doing it in a shared office like a coworking space or an enclosed room like a private office, you may be experiencing attention residue. The term sounds overwhelming but it’s a really simple phenomenon; it’s what happens when you constantly redirect your focus from one thing to another. Those quick checks can reduce your brain’s cognitive capacity and costs you a seemingly-trivial but not really trivial amount of time before it clears up.

For example, you were finishing up a new campaign for you and your team when suddenly, you hear the ping of an email notification. You drop whatever it was that you were doing, accommodate the mail and then wrestle with your brain for a minute or two to return to the campaign from earlier. This kind of habit prevents you from doing deep work sessions, the kind of work wherein you are consistently focused on a complex and pretty demanding activity.

We can tell what you’re thinking: though you really want to do this, you just don’t have the time and there’s really a long list of things to do. Harnessing this is not easy but it’s worth trying. It would take a lot of your willpower and habit formation but if done right, you’ll be able to improve the quality of the work you make in complex tasks.

So in order to do this is, you need to actually work deeply. A common fallback you’d try is to wait till you have ample free time to concentrate. Like we’ve said earlier, you need to learn to gather enough willpower to ensure that you’ll integrate deep work into your professional life despite of your hectic schedule. Create blocks wherein you can sit down and work consistently without any sort of interruption or distractions.

You also need to embrace boredom. Our habit to scroll through our phones and check emails comes from our brain’s craving for stimuli so, it’s important for you to learn how to grit your teeth through it. Bathe yourself in boredom and you’ll be able to train your brain to excelling in concentration soon enough.

Luckily, there are certain facilities out in the market ready to help you increase concentration. Sales Rain alongside other serviced office providers carry enclosed private offices that assure you acoustical work. If you’re someone who needs a place that can help you have better deep work sessions, Sales Rain can easily help you with that. Not to mention that they also offer coworking spaces in case you come across the need for a place that can cater collaborative work.

Distractions in the workplace is something that we really can’t avoid but there’s always something that we can do it about. Think of it this way, the more that you are capable of concentrating your superpower into one task, the more you are capable of producing great quality projects.

Let Sales Rain’s efficient offices assist you in creating high-quality services and products!

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

A creator often have this image of a person lost in their own head – kind of crazy, slightly unbalanced but in a really, really good way. To normal people, they seem to have a world of their own where they go to create the amazing things that they produce. And it often seems that the so-called mess in their heads is something that’s unique only to a number people, when really, everyone has it.

Yes, you’ve heard me right. We all have it. It’s present amongst kids and adults alike, individuals like me and you – the only difference is that a creator carries a strong spirit for invention. Oftentimes, the creative streak common among mundane individuals usually lies dormant, waiting to be awakened.

So if you dream of becoming a writer, composer, painter – in any medium, lyricist, filmmaker, or entrepreneur, you should go do it. Now your initial reaction might be to tell me that you’re not that good at it, but this piece is here to tell you that “greatness will come along”. The first thing that you should do to find your inner creator is to give yourself the permission to do so.

Just say yes. Those thoughts that you have or imagines that pop in your head when you’re trying to go to bed – idea of a personal art project or a concept of an app that can help lessen texting and driving – entertain them. Open your doors to them and give in. If you think those are just fantasies, you’re wrong. Those ideas could be the seeds of books, songs, and paintings. And as you allow yourself to see the seeds for what they are and what they could be, you’re letting your inner creator come out. If you’re waiting for the permission to go out and be creative, this is it.

Once you’ve given yourself the permission to create something, it’s time for you to be audacious – believe in yourself that whatever you make can be amazing. It’s not that we’re telling you to be boastful, we’re simply telling you to encourage yourself and rely on your skills. It may sound delusional, but it’s totally fine. Besides, who else would encourage you – aside from this blog post – but yourself? Go on and know that those hands can shape something beautiful that deserves to be seen and heard.

You would, of course, say that there’s a catch: the confidence that this article wants you to have may be disproportionate to your abilities. So you’ve allowed yourself to create, believed with all your heart that is great, but turns out, it’s really not. What now? Keep going. You can never improve or perfect something if you don’t let it exist in its imperfect form.

Don’t kill your darlings, yet. The idea should be that your ideas need not to be perfect, it just needs to be something that can be developed and can take different shapes or forms. Allow it to grow into what feels right to you as you go along.

Don’t let perfectionism get in your way, instead, make it help you enhance your skills further. Once you’ve done that, try to get that honey. You don’t always have to stick to extremely creative pursuits like the ones mentioned above to bring out your  creativity, you can also apply it in different fields of work.

Just take a look at how the coworking industry went. Someone decided that we need a different and unique kind of workspace that would energize us and our creative juices. And there, the shared office was born. Created with an open layout design that can cultivate communication and collaboration, the industry rapidly grew as people got introduced to a new and more optimized way of working. Providers like us, Sales Rain, opened the doors of professionals to autonomy and flexibility. The perks members of serviced offices now have, came to be because of the uniqueness of the idea.

If you remain to be unsure of pursuing that ridiculous fantasy, just take a look at how this industry went to become and the lives it affected.

This could be your calling to entertain that silly ideas of yours.

Got a Lot on Your Plate? Learn The Magic of Just Getting Started

Got a Lot on Your Plate? Learn The Magic of Just Getting Startedser

So you’ve got a lot of things to do on your plate, not to mention that each one carry their respective deadline that you need to meet. And though you’re well aware of the time constraint that you have, you can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed. Unsure of what you should do, you tend to take your sweet time figuring out which task should you do first – though this is not entirely bad, it’s not ubiquitously good either. For the reality is, you don’t really have much time on your hand.

And maybe you’ve tried several tricks or so-called life hacks from countless articles and books on productivity but have you tried this one simple yet undeniably complex action? Getting started.

If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time you get familiar with micro-progress.

Sounds gimmicky? It’s not some hocus-pocus phenomena like it sounds, the idea’s really just this: for any project or assignment that you need to complete, break each one of them down into the smallest possible units of progress and tackle them one at a time. Starting something sounds easy but it’s one of the many things we actually struggle with every day.

For example, you’re a hand-lettering artist with several invitations for different events to do. Instead of approaching the task as creating a certain invite for a certain event, break down the very first few steps you take and keep slicing them up into tiny, easily achievable micro-goals, then celebrate each achievement. First, look for inspiration on what you’ll be doing. Second, prepare the materials you’ll be doing. Third, start your initial draft. So on and so forth.

The whole trick of getting started has been called by several names – the 5-minute rule, the 2-minute rule, and the 1-minute rule, to name a few – but its purpose remains consistent: kick starting you on an activity. Others have used Newton’s Laws of Motion as an analogy for it.

“Objects in motion tend to stay in motion,” applying this law into productivity helps you shift your frame of thinking – I started to be productive, so I should continue being productive. With this, you can easily achieve those micro-goals at what feels like an exponentially fast pace without you realizing it. Before you know it, you’ve completed your first batch of collaterals.

Another law from Newton is “force equals mass times acceleration”. In layman’s terms, if you want your project to accelerate in a particular direction – say, that of a successful direction – then the size of the force you apply and the direction of the force you’re giving,  both creates a difference.

The funny thing is that, it’s the same thing that we’ve been doing in order to get things done in our life. Productivity isn’t just about the magnitude of your work, it’s also about working on things that really matter. You only have a limited amount of force in you and where it goes is important.

It’s not just another life hack; science has shown that we can trick our brains into getting started and increasing dopamine levels by setting and achieving micro-goals. Moreover, we all know the saying success begets success, the progress you make – no matter how ordinary they may be – can help increase your engagement and happiness at work.

And if you’re looking for inspiration on how you should be getting started on that dream start-up of yours, this is it! Success has to begin somewhere, so go take the risk and partner up with us! Sales Rain believes in the greatness that small goals can bring. It’s the reason why our team of professionals strive hard in providing today’s work force with sustainable work environments that can help them on their journey towards success. With a wide variety of spaces customizable depending on your needs, you can kick start your career as a freelancer or as a young entrepreneur by acquiring a serviced office.

Beat that big challenge by compartmentalizing them piece by piece. What else are you waiting for? Go on! Start that project and let your small goals lead you to something entirely bigger!