The Single-Eyed Employee

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The typical employee has a fully-kitted arsenal of devices: personal phone, work phone, laptop, tablet. And on these devices are even more productivity tools: calendar, organizer, Skype, reminder apps, notepad apps, text messaging, email apps, messenger apps  and these are just the productive applications. Add to that, news updates, blogs, websites, linkedIn, facebook, twitter, instagram, and other dubiously productive forms of social media and we can easily say this: the typical employee has a fully-kitted arsenal of distraction.

A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that our brains are finely attuned to distraction  even the slightest interruption has the power to decrease our productivity significantly.

Further research shows that the majority of us can only truly focus for an average of six hours a week! It’s crucial that we use the time wisely.

And while it is easy enough for employees to make legitimate claims about their distractions, losing focus at work typically leads to reduced productivity: missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and increased stress levels which may, eventually, result in employee redundancy.

If you struggle with focusing at work, here are a few tips to help convert all that distracted energy into single-eyed efficiency:

1. Identify your most productive hours in the day.

The work week is structured to utilize daytime effectively; however some people are just not very efficient in the morning. Many people find that mid-afternoon to early evening is when they are best able to concentrate, while others thrive at night.

It is important that you identify your most productive hours. This will help you plan your day, allocating the toughest tasks to the most productive times even if that means getting some work done outside of normal office hours. You can tweet in your less productive hours, instead.

2.  Remove all distractions.

Be rigorous! Hide your phone, turn off your email notifications, and delete your Candy Crush app for as long as you need to complete your tasks and deadlines. In fact, eliminate social media temptation by turning off the Internet altogether if possible. Missing a few phone calls or emails will not upset your day as much as being unproductive will.

3. Restrain your inner child. 

Distraction and procrastination are intertwined; it’s rare to find one without some trace of the other. When we procrastinate, we’re simply succumbing to the distractions around us, putting off work in order to feel good in the moment. However, difficult and unpleasant tasks will not magically become easier when moved to another hour or day. The quickest way to break the habit is to realize that getting started on important tasks has nothing to do with how you feel.

It is crucial to remember that employers of talent reward single-eyed focus and efficiency, with little regard for the number of hours spent idling on the internet. Turn away from distraction and watch your productivity increase in leaps and bounds.

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Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.