Focused learning

April 18, 2019

In theory, we all study what we need to know but, in many instances, efforts are far from what we could describe as focused learning.

So often, our attention is captured by interesting yet ‘off topic’ items. Five minutes of pleasant distraction can quickly turn into an hour lost. Focused learning, on the contrary, comes into being when we are able to block ourselves from external factors and drill deep into the material we have before us.

Positive results from focused learning cannot be guaranteed even at such times. That said, we are at least putting ourselves in an ideal position to maximize the chances of them arriving. Of course, learning can occur at any moment, even in those times we aren’t actually engaged in structured studying.

Being open to capturing input at any moment is as much a way of living as a development strategy. And tapping into this approach complements focused learning. Other considerations on the issue of focused learning are surely valid, however, for now, I’ll stop here.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Is it worth concentrating on anything nowadays?

March 18, 2018

Goal drawn on a wall

There are some people who feel everything is so topsy-turvy these days that to even ask the question ‘Is it worth concentrating on anything nowadays?’ is pointless.

Being cynical and dismissive of the concept of goal-setting is an option. That said, it is not the only one. It can be argued that precisely because life comes across as chaotic, we need to answer in the affirmative to the inquiry ‘Is it worth concentrating on anything nowadays?

Without our personal and professional objectives to guide us, our concentration risks to be lost to the confusion around us. Busyness is not to the same as business. The extent to which we value our time and put it to productive use – in any areas of life close to our heart – is ours to decide.

Another point worth bearing in mind when pondering ‘Is it worth concentrating on anything nowadays?’ is that of fundamental enjoyment. Life offers so much in the way of mental stimulation and natural beauty, it seems a shame to let time drift by in a haphazard fashion.

Is it worth concentrating on anything nowadays? Your response is yours alone to reflect on.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Concentration

October 27, 2013

Gorilla

Concentration in the present means letting go of the past and not thinking about the future.” #bgdtcoaching.

We all concentrate on what we enjoy. Concentration across the spectrum of tasks we are expected to accomplish can easily wane however, especially if certain things are not interesting to us.

Building up our capacity of concentration is in many aspects a question of ‘achieving by doing’. As we get involved in a matter we can oftentimes lose track of time as we focus our attention exclusively on what is before us.

Distractions, particularly in the form of phone calls and interruptions by visitors usually have the power to break our concentration. In such cases all we can do is start anew, perhaps this time making a promise to ourselves not to stop until we have completed the work. Whether we keep the promise or not is itself a topic worthy of its own post.

How concentration impacts on your day might be something you wish to share. If so, please do by leaving a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this concentration post today.

Warmest regards.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


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