Stress can snowball quickly and easily, and before you know it, your entire day is off, and you find it difficult to manage tasks efficiently. Refocus with the "SLLS Method."
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It's a pretty common scenario, and one probably all of us have dealt with at some point or another. An unexpected deadline pops up. Or maybe you made a mistake that needs to be fixed immediately. Or it could be, simply, that your colleagues keep piling tasks on your to-do list. In those situations, it's easy to lose focus and get preoccupied. That can impact the quality of your work.
Writing for the Muse, Army veteran Jeffry Harrison offers a strategy for combating this:
Well, when the external stimuli take over and you begin to lose focus on your priorities, my sniper instructors taught me an extremely simple and profound trick to regain control….They said, "When the heat, weight, and fatigue take your focus off moving in silence and invisibility, take a SLLS break — Stop what you are doing. Look around. Listen to your surroundings. Smell your environment."
This helps you regain focus and be more aware of and present in your environment, Harrison says, so you can focus on the task at hand. Give it a try next time you feel overwhelmed and see what else he has to say about it at the link below.