The main purpose of a ‘Focus’ phase is to protect some part of the day to work with intensity on your highest priorities.

This enables far greater impact in terms of the work completed, greater efficiency and higher quality outcomes, virtually irrespective of task.

The Focus phase can be difficult to protect, particularly in job roles that require high levels of reactivity. Nevertheless, protecting some time each day to think more deeply (and in particular, to reduce levels of task switching) generally promotes both health and performance.

Without a Focus phase, people often feel like they are working hard but without any real end product. It is easy to feel demotivated – as well as stressed – without protecting a Focus phase each day.

Even 25 minutes per day of extra Focus time could increase the impact you make on your most important priorities, leading to a greater sense of satisfaction and achievement.