Video Summary: We all struggle to focus at times -- some from attention deficit, some from stimuli overload, or from fatigue or lack of sleep. Without focus, the body at work becomes mindless and careless, and sometimes dangerous.
Ideally, we experience periods where we are so fully focused and absorbed by the task that we're effortless transported into the enviable and highly productive state of "flow." This optimal state creates high engagement, challenge and happiness. While "flow" may sometimes happen serendipitously, we can learn to set the stage to summon it.
The easiest steps to create flow are to eliminate distractions and interruptions, and then to work in time blocks of 60 to 90 minutes. During these blocks, and as much as possible the rest of the day, do only one thing at a time.
Other techniques for improving focus and getting into flow require a little more preparation, such as getting enough sleep and practicing meditation while concentrating on breathing.
We've spent too many years living in an all-access, 24 x 7 nonstop world, chronically trying to "multi-task" -- an unnatural and detrimental state for the human mind. Fortunately, with practice, the human mind can un-learn its restless habits and return to its natural state of excellence.