As we step forward into the brave new world of hybrid work, we will need new tools and strategies to give our full attention to what matters most. Whether you are returning to the office full-time, working from home or taking on a hybrid schedule, you’ll need to set priorities, minimise distractions and be more intentional about where to direct your attention.

At any given moment, dozens of tasks and projects might be crying out for our attention, but we can take control of our time by setting boundaries and priorities that help us to focus on what matters —and say no to what really doesn’t.

Of course, there will always be tasks you need to get done quickly. But you can still focus on your own priorities for the day – what matters most to you – not what has most recently appeared in front of you, screaming for a response.

One strategy: figure out when during the day you’re most productive and plan to do your most challenging and meaningful work during that time.

Here are three additional Microsteps – simple, science-backed actions you can take right now – to help keep you focussed and your priorities in check.

 

Allow yourself to do one thing at a time.  

Multitasking has a negative impact on efficiency and concentration. Monotasking will help you stay focussed and give your full attention to the task at hand.

 

Identify one low-priority activity – and stop doing it. 

You’ll find time you didn’t know you had, which you can devote to more important tasks.

 

Declare an end to each workday, even if you haven’t completed every last thing on your to-do list. 

Truly prioritising means being comfortable with incompletions. When you take time to recharge, you will return ready to seize opportunities.

Thrive Global Asia Pacific

An alliance between Thrive Global and Monash University with the mission to end the stress and burnout epidemic. The partnership brings an evidence based approach to well-being and performance and will work with organisations to deliver programs that lift the performance, resilience, engagement and mental health of employees.

Unlock your people’s potential today

Enter your details to stay up to date with the latest news events and program updates.

Any personal information you provide via this website will be collected by Monash University and Thrive Global for the purposes of delivering the Thrive program to you and to send you marketing communications, if you choose to receive them.

To see how Monash handles your personal information please refer to our Data Protection and Privacy Procedure and Visitors and Enquirers Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement or contact dataprotectionofficer@monash.edu
To see how Thrive Global handles your personal information please see thriveglobal.com/privacy/.

*Required Fields

Any personal information you provide via this website will be collected by Monash University and Thrive Global for the purposes of delivering the Thrive program to you and to send you marketing communications, if you choose to receive them.

To see how Monash handles your personal information please refer to our Data Protection and Privacy Procedure and Visitors and Enquirers Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement or contact dataprotectionofficer@monash.edu
To see how Thrive Global handles your personal information please see thriveglobal.com/privacy/.