Attention is the cognitive and behavioral aspect of noticing and focusing on important things and ignoring the less important ones. At the workplace, it has great value, and hence, we need training on “Attention to Detail” for our employees.
Types of attention
You can understand what your friends are saying in a concert or a loud restaurant. You may not get all the words but you get it. That’s because you block certain sources and chose to focus on the important ones, which is known as Selective attention.
Reading this blog while texting someone? Talking to family members while watching television?
That’s divided attention when you pay attention to two or more things simultaneously.
When one can concentrate on a given task or some event for a prolonged time period. It is one’s attention span. Example-a movie night.
You are displaying executive attention when you are blocking out unnecessary elements of the environment and noticing what really matters to meet a certain aim of the task. Like working tirelessly to complete a research paper.
By the the way, did you notice that there were ‘two the’ in this sentence? If yes, then you are attention-oriented and if no, then you must think of doing a course on attention to details.
Attention to detail is generally considered to be an innate trait. You are either born with it or you don’t have it.
But some studies prove that the human mind is conditioned to see things from some filter and thus you can train yourself to be a detail-oriented person. Inattention to details increases the probability of mistakes and conflicts.
Employees who do not notice details, struggle to finish a task, deliver good results or meet a deadline. Hence, training on attention to detail is important for them.
People tend to have relationship problems because they are inattentive. People even spoil several relationships in order to be attentive in their workplace. Meanwhile many people are unable to maintain a stable career because of the lack of focus. If you overlook details or commit mistakes, you won’t last as a reporter, writer, wedding planner or artist, etc. Do you think that we can manage career while having relationships?
One of the saddest things to happen in recent society is decreasing attention spans of human beings. It is a proud feeling to live in a world where people are thriving more and more but this has a price to be paid which is less attention span and more stress. We need to address this trend otherwise it would, unfortunately, lead to bigger problems like depression, etc.
From deciding the duration of a lecture in a school to an interview for a job, attention plays a vital role.
What can you mention on your CV to prove that you have an eye for details and accuracy?
Accurate and Precise
You maintain a balance between seeing big things and small trivial details.
Focused and Observant
Undivided concentration and vigilance is the requirement! Mention some previous job
Experiences if you have which needed a little too much attention.
Thorough and Resourceful
You detect small, tiny errors and try to make things errorless. You cannot afford to miss out on any smallest of the details.
Organized and Efficient
You manage complicated tasks and make them look simple. Delegate, organizing an event, managing a team and doing this all on time is your hobby!
Well, we also have for you an ultimate checklist for writing resume in case you are still skeptical.
Now, how can one identify if a person is detail-oriented during an interview?
Pay attention to their CV’s
Look for clear structure, clear grammar, etc. because inconsistent or messy CV’s is not a good sign. Look for previous job experiences properly.
Pay attention to their habits
Attentive people tend to be dressed properly, on time, listening very intently and taking down notes. They are conscious and organized.
Ask them about your company
People who seek details would already know about the company’s origin and culture. You will see their research skills and much more.
Observe and listen to their answers
Detail seekers tend to be descriptive rather than being vague. Ask them detail-oriented questions like ‘Are you a perfectionist?’ etc. and see what they answer.
Oh! in case you are not the interviewer but the interviewee then also we can help. Here is your guide to help you ace one on one interviews.
Draw a line between the two shades of perfectionism
People may over-do things. Perfectionism can be negative by people putting up more effort and time on a task that does not require that much. Look for the positive ones and you are set to fly.
How to improve such skills at home?
Before that, you need to focus on a few things.
- Silence is powerful. Sit straight and comfortably in a room where there is no interruption in any form. Put your mobile phones on silent for the time being.
- Dim the light and room would have a warm vibe. Take deep breaths and relax.
- Exercise is of ten minutes and so your attention should be totally on the exercise. Start slow, do it one at a time and then get better by practice.
- Don’t overdo. Have patience.
(We usually do such exercises during our Training on Attention to Detail)
Count back from 100 in steps of 7 or 9.
Put a headphone and listen to the voices of nature like rain droplets falling on a roof, waves of the ocean hitting the shores, sound of jungle etc. You can find them on the internet. Close your eyes if it helps and then connect.
Take fruit and visualize it. Focus on its color, taste, symmetry, etc. Now close your eyes and try to visualize it as accurately as possible. If you can’t, repeat the exercise. Resist any other thoughts during the exercise.
Take a blank sheet of paper and draw. Use circles, lines, rectangles, etc. Close your eyes and visualize. Try to remember precisely what you drew. If you fail, repeat the exercise.
Pick any book. Open a random page and count the words on it. Make sure you only use your eyes to do that.
Last but not the least, try and find ten minutes daily and just sit with your eyes close with no specific thoughts or practice these exercises. With this, you will notice a change in your attention span in some time. Be patient and you will have results.
You must know that ‘attention to detail’ is a skill, a soft one. It adds to your personality by making you more interactive and social. Hence, whenever you get a chance of training on attention to detail, you must attend.
You can bring back your focus on the important details and get everything right, every time! Good luck guys, keep looking for details and succeeding at the workplace and in life. Edu4Sure has conducted “Training on Attention to Detail” and look forward to having more association.
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