Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence

Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence

Do you have a hard time focusing? Do your eyes glaze over when working, or do you find yourself drifting off into dreamland during an important meeting?

Focus can be paramount to our career success. Allowing our focus to frequently get hijacked can lead to being forgetful, frustrating our colleagues, and falling behind in our duties. But there are things we can do to help break this cycle.

Emotional intelligence, in particular self-awareness and self-management, are a big part of how we fix focus issues. The first step is to examine your feelings. When do you lose focus? Is it when you’re tired, hungry, or anxious?

Once you know this, you can make better, informed decisions that keep you focused and on track with your goals, such as sleep practices, mindfulness, and digital detox. Read this article to learn more about these methods.

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Writing by Dr. Kandi Wiens

Dr. Kandi Wiens

I am a researcher, speaker, executive coach, and leadership development facilitator. I’m also a Senior Fellow at The University of Pennsylvania, where I teach in the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program, the Penn Master’s in Medical Education Program, and Wharton Executive Education. All of my work is deeply rooted in the latest positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindset research.

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