There’s a lot of study on “happiness” these days.
There’s one study going on where people are emailed and they stop immediately and answer questions about their mental state.
The study is developing a data base on mind set.
One of the areas of study is on concentration.
Turns out that the more you focus on the task or effort at hand, the happier you are.
In other words, if your mind is wandering and you are “going through the motions”, chances are you will report that you aren’t is happy as you would like to be.
This is a “chicken or the egg” discussion. Am I interested and focused because the work is interesting and requires focus? Or can I set my mind to be more focused?
Turns out you can get better at setting your mind to focus. It starts with you making the choice to do so. The logic is this: by knowing that focus breeds satisfaction, we should resist going through the motions every time we feel it is upon us.
There many tricks to the trade. Goal setting. Competition. Setting personal records. Trying new approaches. It takes engagement. But you take charge of the engagement agenda.
Are you engaged? We want to create an environment where engagement occurs. But it takes your desire to help engagement too.