Best Practices to Stay Focused at Work

When working at almost any job, focusing on the task at hand can often be one of the most difficult aspects of the work. According to a recent study, about 30 percent of someone’s waking hours are spent letting our minds wander and daydream no matter how hard we are try to concentrate. So, how can we stay focused?

Plan Your work
Before taking on the day unprepared, take time to plan your day as much as possible. Set aside time for each task you plan on doing throughout the day. For instance, in the morning, make time for opening mail, getting coffee, checking email, and other menial tasks that could later distract from work. Then, plan on working for a certain period of time, taking a break for a planned amount of time to avoid distractions, then get back to work.

Also, try to avoid going back and forth between assignments. When given an assignment, work on it until it is finished, and then begin the next. Be sure to keep everything neatly scheduled on a calendar or reminder software that will help you stay on task.

Get Rid of Distractions
While working on any given assignment, distractions can hinder the quality and speed of work you are doing. They often make you completely lose concentration and can easily become anxiety inducing frustrations. These distractions can be anything from coworker’s instant messages, to the family portrait sitting on your desk. To avoid these common distractions, make sure to clear off your desk of anything not needed for your current assignment, let coworkers know you are busy, and close all applications not immediately needed on your computer. Another common distraction is environmental. These include temperature, windows, doors, and even how comfortable you are. Make sure to shut the door and blind, keep the temperature neither too hot nor cold, and make sure you’re comfortable, but not too much. Once all of these daily distractions are take care of, both the quality of your work and the speed at which you complete it should improve dramatically.

Manage Your Energy
Even if you have everything planned down to the minute and have zero distractions, chances are you’re not going to be to productive if you are tired or have the jitters. Managing energy is a very important part of any work day. One of the best ways to do this is the simple and often used formula of “eat, drink, sleep, and exercise”. Making sure you’ve eaten a good breakfast, slept well the night before, and exercised regularly is usually all that is truly needed to maintain an ideal energy level. However, if you find yourself unable to sleep the night before, don’t be afraid to make a visit to the coffee pot. Just make sure not to overdo it.

Separate Work and Personal Lives
It may be one of the most basic rules of work to not take too many personal calls while working, but many people believe that is all that is necessary to separate work from home. In reality, however, most distractions involving personal life often come from our own trains of thought. We often allow our minds to wander to people, places, or events that have nothing to do with the task at hand. Allowing this to occur is allowing your work to suffer. Work as hard as necessary at not allowing emotions or thoughts derived from personal life to enter your mind often while working. Most importantly, if something is wrong in your personal life, do not let that influence you once you have begun working.

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