In today’s busy world with lots of things on the go and with most people working in open space offices, it is often difficult to stay focused and to be fully present with another person before the next interruption comes your way. On any given day in open space, you are likely to be interrupted 54 times by people who walk up to your desk to tell you something or ask for ‘a minute.’ It takes roughly 3 minutes to regain your focus on the task at hand, culminating in roughly two hours of wasted time every day.
You definitely have to work harder to keep yourself focused and fully present. This is why many people really enjoyed working from home during the COVID lockdowns – describing their work as more efficient and effective, largely because of minimal interruptions or distractions. Now that people are back in the workspace, many have fallen back into the same old pattern of trying to stay focused, yet not fully present on most things. In my conversation with Carley, we covered the following questions:
We often hear the terms, ‘being present’ and ‘having presence.’ Are those two things connected in any way?
Given the new reality of working ‘virtually’ from home, do people have to work harder to be fully ‘present’ with their colleagues?
For a person to befully present with someone else, what are some things they can do to make that happen?