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Jason L.

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Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things...

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  • December 22, 2012
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  • Donald S.

    Donald

    Donald S.

    President at Donald Sheldon Group Inc.

    I met a woman recently who is perhaps the ultimate advocate of this thesis. She is in her 60’s and married to a successful orthopedic surgeon. Her daughter is also an orthopedic surgeon. She described to me that she has for some time picked one subject pre year and focused exclusively on this for that year.( Piano, French, Running 20 marathons, She completed her college degree realizing that she became first in her class with an “unfair advantage” over her fellow class mates because as she said “ I was able to focus on only my academic requirements and was not distracted by any other requirements of life that young people must address”. Is then total focus an ideal lifestyle? What do you think?

  • John S.

    John

    John S.

    Field Operations Manager at Johnson Controls

    Good sound advice, Jason. Its about 'focus' I like a clear desk policy - only having the stuff I need for the one task I'm doing out on the desk. The rest filed away out of site, not distracting my focus. I agreed with the comment about doing the most important thing early in the morning (I forgotten the number of times I've started 'early' to get them completed) but I'm lucky I'm a Lark those Owls out there might not agree. Everyone should know their peek performance times of the day.

  • Dan

    Dan N.

    VALUE-BASED PRICING -WORLD WIDE EXPERT and CONSULTANT

    THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LASER BEAM AND A FLASHLIGHT IS FOCUS....A LASER BEAM WILL CUT STEEL WHILE A FLASHLIGHT ONLY ILLUMINATES...NO DOUBT JUST A SITUATION WHERE MANY OF US USED THIS EXAMPLE IN A LECTURE OR CLIENT PRESENTATION..

    IF YOU HAVE, WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW HOW IT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE AUDIENCE...THANKS

    DAN NIMER

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