Today, there are many sources of distraction at work. We have to deal with noise pollution, stories from coworkers and news feed from all sorts of websites. So, how can you stay focused at work? Follow these tips:
One of the easiest ways to make sure you stay focused on your daily goals is by making to-do lists. This list will ensure that nothing is forgotten in the middle of all the distractions of the day. In addition, ticking off everything on your list at the end of the day will give you a sense of accomplishment. At the start of the day, you should review your calendar to determine whether any urgent or important appointments need some paperwork, and these should be at the top of your to-do list. You can then review your emails and see if there is any other urgent thing you need to add to the list.
Once you have ticked off everything on your list, you should still spare some time to plan some activities for the following day.
Your mind will be more alert if you set deadlines with your co-workers and other members of your team. You will also be aware that a certain task has to be completed within a certain time and will be less welcoming of distractions. But you should avoid setting impossible or hard-to-achieve deadlines as that will only discourage you and make you even less productive. If you have multiple tasks to complete in a single day, make sure you set time for each activity so you don’t have to rush through each one at the end of the day. If necessary, you can outsource some of your work to freelancers and other members of your team.
Relaxation helps to reduce stress, and this, in turn, will improve focus at work. Our minds will often be blown in all directions when we are worried and stressed, and this will hurt productivity. You can work on your stress by taking walks, using mindfulness exercises, or even by visiting medical spas like the Pranvera Spa.
Anything within your view can attract your attention and draw you away from your work. Make it a habit to put your phone aside when working. If possible, turn off all digital items that are not relevant to your immediate task. Since most of us work on computers and laptops, you should consider installing extensions to your browser to block off notifications from social media sites like Facebook. Some of these tools allow you to block off certain sites after a specific period of use. For example, if you have spent 30 minutes on Facebook at any point in the day, you will not be able to access the site for the rest of the workday.
Working out does not just help you maintain a flat tummy and large muscles; it can also improve your brain functions. A few minutes of exercise every day can keep your mind calm and focused on a single task. Even better is the fact that working out can improve your speed of thinking and will generally reduce fogginess in the mind. This means you will be able to complete tasks faster.
Better concentration is important in the workplace. If you are unable to stay focused on your tasks, you will find that most of your goals are not accomplished at the end of the day. To boost concentration and memory, you should apply the tips suggested above.
Bio: Katherine is the digital marketer at Noria, Digital Marketing Company based in Thailand and the founder of Social Butterfly Travel Blog. A woman who loves travelling, eating and drinking especially coffee so sometimes she is a cafe hopper. Get in touch with her via twitter.