Job At Hand – How To Focus Better

An Excerpt from Section 5 of And Yet Here Go I, Distractions;

An example I from my everyday type existence that I recently came across. This involves a way I sometimes overcome my distraction problem to complete the job at hand. (But I need to be disciplined enough to actually USE this technique with more regularity).

It goes like this;  Ok, so Job At Hand is painting the top coat on the first half of the concrete house footings and about 400mm of the bottom blocks. Plus there are occasional spots of the wall up to 2m high that need a little touch up of the same colour.

The problem of distraction:   Time is of the essence, so the priority is to get the top coat on the lower parts…

As per normal it has become the end of the day before I begin the task…

The mindset which means the ‘Job At Hand’ conflicts with my concept of ‘efficiency’; I am here, the paint is here, and I can find a spot what needs a dab of paint…  Apart from the obvious problem of touching or leaning on the upper wall to paint the lower wall and get wet paint on ME, is the time I waste.  I am spending time on the unimportant bits – extending the time it takes to do the ‘Job At Hand’!

The solution is to be aware of the distraction that is going onI  I tell self to “Stick to the ‘Job At Hand’!  Focussing on painting the top coat on the footing for the entire area, FIRST!!  THEN if there is time, come back and do the spots… A far more logical approach!

By making self AWARE of the problem, I can work on finding a solution… this is the first step! Then I can go on with the Job At Hand…

Upon finding self doing spots above the ‘Job At Hand’, I tell self out loud, “Epic fail, Jojo!!!”

I don’t like to fail at things! So remind self in not very polite terms, to try again at sticking to the ‘Job At Hand’…

It is the ‘being aware’ of the occurrence of the distraction and recognizing it as a problem, which is the source of the solution.  Then recognizing that the ‘right thing to do’ is get back to the job.  I have found that if I ‘define’ a plan for the Job At Hand, I can consciously outline it to myself.  It is easier to be aware of getting distracted, and take self back to the defined ‘Job At Hand’. For more regarding this, check out what I have learned recently about ‘Adynamia’.

Eventually I did manage to stick to the Job At Hand.  I decided upon a time which I was going to finish painting, and also allow time to clean up, and lo and behold!  The entire job was done, the spots included, and even the cleaning up a whole ten minutes earlier than the plan!!!  Having a plan was the key!  Times to finish painting and clean up etc, are a bonus!

Having a watch on to keep track of time helps immensely, although this takes a spot of forethought as well.

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