Write down all the major tasks associated with each. Which tasks require ongoing decision making?
Identify the people, ideas, and external information that may be distracting you. Is a narrow focus preventing you from being open? What information are you overlooking? Is your expertise preventing you from seeing an alternative?
How would you like to focus your attention? What information is most important? How will you seek out new information? Is there anyone else who can provide fresh data, ideas, or new perspectives — and can you let them temper your own expertise?
Jump start your cognitive agility by practicing mindfulness so that you’re in the present moment. Focusing on your breath will help to interrupt your automatic routine. Practice moving back and forth between openness and focus while asking yourself if any new information is helpful or distracting.