How the OnTask Increases Focus
The OnTask was strategically designed to improve focus so that you can be more productive and COMPLETE more of your daily goals.
Here are three ways the OnTask increases focus
1. The OnTask Forces You to Write Out Your Goals
Improves memory recall
While note taking doesn’t necessarily improve our memory recall, the process of thinking BEFORE we write out our notes does. Lifehacker writer, Dustin Wax says it well, “Before we write, although indistinguishably so — we are putting some degree of thought into evaluating and ordering the information that we are receiving. That process, and not the notes themselves, is what helps fix ideas more firmly in our minds, leading to greater recall down the line.”
So when you think about something and write it down, you’re more likely to recall that task. This means that throughout the day, as distractions come up, you’re more likely to remember what you should be focusing on because you wrote it on your OnTask.
Makes you more likely to complete your goal
Writing down your goals also makes you more likely to achieve them. A study by the Dominican University of California found that writing down your goals significantly impacts the likeness that you will achieve them.
2. The OnTask Puts Your Task In Your Face
Your task is always in front of you
The task you should be focusing on is right in front of you on the OnTask, which makes it easier to refocus after breaks or minor distractions.
There are less distractions than a digital task list
Furthermore, it’s a huge advantage that your task list is on your desk, facing you, rather than on your computer screen. At any given time, how many browser tabs or programs do you have open? Probably a lot. That is extreme distraction bait. If your task list is open on a browser tab, you’re much more likely to use the other tabs and lose track of the task at hand. In fact, you probably have to use the other tabs to complete your task. This creates a problem because you can easily and quite literally, lose sight of your task. With the OnTask, you can use your computer screen and also have your important task always in your peripheral vision, right on your desk.
3. The OnTask Discourages Multitasking
Focus on one task at a time
OnTask discourages multitasking by forcing you to focus on one task at time. Multitasking is not a good habit if you want to increase focus. Research has found that multitasking makes you less productive an actually lowers your IQ. Multitaskers also perform worse because they struggle to organize their thoughts and are slower at moving on to another task.
With the OnTask, you are less likely to multitask because you only have one visible task in front of you. When you have a long task list on your computer or notepad, you’re more likely to bounce around from task to task and get distracted by upcoming tasks. The OnTask is a constant reminder of the task at hand because it’s literally facing you on your desk. In order to see your other tasks, you have to rotate the OnTask, which is much harder than glancing down at a long task list. This makes it easier to focus on one task at a time rather than trying to multitask and work on several projects at once.
An added bonus - the act of wiping off your completed task is not only fun, but research shows that the positive reinforcement of physically checking off a task gives you more energy and motivation.