Most of us have so much to do, and we are keeping so many plates spinning. We live in fear of a plate falling off its stick and smashing on the ground.

Yet the task of tending to all the plates stops us dealing definitively with any one plate.

While our mind is a jangle of stuff, we can’t fully focus on the task in front of us, so we won’t do it well. A crowded mind leads to poor performance.

Is this you?

Try the burst technique. Turn off all distractions for a period of time you deem safe, that is, your plates can look after themselves, and totally focus on only one task.

This may require some discipline at first. Can you do it?

What happened?

Here are some more ways to use the burst technique.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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