28 March 2014


Find Your Focus: Get Things Done the Smart Way 


We're all looking for better and faster ways of doing things. With multiple demands on our time and attention, and the pull of constant distractions, it can be challenging to stay on top of our responsibilities, let alone find the bandwidth for big-picture projects. Knowing what to focus on and how to prioritize are key. This issue of Harvard Business Review OnPoint will help you think about and manage your time to maximize not just your productivity but also your effectiveness. It will guide you in zeroing in on choices and behaviors for developing expertise and advancing your career, as well as making thoughtful life decisions. Finally, it offers insights for leaders on the importance of keeping business objectives and operations as clear as possible and reminds you to adjust your managerial lens as situations require. To stay competitive, you must learn how to find and maintain the proper focus.
Articles include "Extreme Productivity," "Make Time for the Work That Matters," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "The Making of an Expert," "Do You Play to Win--or to Not Lose?" "The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs." You'll also find selected content from our website, such as "Will Focus Make You Happier?" "Train Your Brain to Focus," and "Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity."
Harvard Business Review OnPoints are single-theme collections of both classic and recent articles and blog posts written by some of the world's leading management scholars and practitioners. The editors of HBR handpick each article for its relevance and insight. To help busy managers quickly absorb and apply the concepts, these collections also include short summaries ("Article at a Glance"), plus suggestions for further reading. This issue looks at the importance of focus.