August 19, 2021

How to Be More Focused at Work

Have you been experiencing a lack of work motivation and productivity lately? If you've been having trouble focusing at work and managing to complete your tasks for the day, it's time you changed your work routine and look for ways that will help you become more concentrated at your job.  No idea where to look for them? Luckily, you're in the right place because we've put together a list of ways that will make you more focused at work, allowing you to be more productive than ever before.

Stay hydrated
One of the crucial aspects of staying focused on your work is not having to focus on your thirst. Needing to get up every few minutes to get a glass of water or some other beverage is a waste of time and a break in your routine. Therefore, make sure you keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Have enough liquids before work and always have your portable water bottle with you, filled with your favourite refreshment. You can keep it on your desk and reach out for it whenever you feel thirst. Only refill it on your scheduled break so you can stay focused on your tasks.

Eat well
Hunger is the next disruptor that can seriously decrease your focus. Having breakfast will not only make you feel satiated and prevent snacking all the time, but it will also fuel you with the energy you need to be at the top of your working game. Choose healthy power-boosting breakfast options which include lots of proteins and fibres. From eggs to cereal and whole grains choose your first meal of the day wisely if you want to stay fully focused on your work.

Find the working hours that best fit you
If your work permits, try to organise working hours according to your biorhythm. While a few decades ago, the majority of workers would be at work from 9 am until 5 pm, today those practices have drastically changed. Many employers understand that every person gives their maximum during different times of the day. If you're not a morning person, and you like your shut-eye to end after 9 am, working from 11 am until late afternoon will probably be the best way to stay focused during work. On the flip side, you may love to stay up late and not go to sleep until early morning, only to wake up in the afternoon and start your working day then.

Take regular breaks
Taking regular breaks from work is vital for one's productivity. Not only will stepping away from your work help you clear your mind, but avoid burnout too. At some point, you'll notice that you have no idea what you're looking at, or the words of your co-workers will suddenly become a blur. That's when you'll need to disconnect from the work mode and go into rest mode. During your break, you can take a walk, have some snacks, coffee or even use popular fidget toys to let go of the everyday work-related stress. They'll help you take your mind off work and be more at ease afterwards.

Keep your workspace neat and tidy
To help minimise distractions, your workspace should be neat and tidy. Finding what you need in a blink of an eye, digital or non-digital, is crucial to help you stay focused on what’s important. Be sure to create a welcoming and comfortable working environment where everything will be in its place. Get rid of all the clutter, organise your desk, and drawers to create a space that will inspire you to get to work.

Complete imperative tasks first
The best way to stay organised is to have a schedule of tasks you need to do during the day. Once you have a list of responsibilities, sort them by priority and tackle the most important and demanding to-dos first. Usually, we don't look forward to completing bigger and daunting tasks, which is why those need to be the priority. If you get them out of the way early on, you won’t have any reason/excuse to procrastinate and spend more time completing the smaller tasks.

Try out the Pomodoro Technique
Are you one of those people who can’t find their way back to work once they’ve taken a break? Many of us can feel like a break worked against them instead of helping them refocus. However, as mentioned before, a recess is vital if you want to avoid burnout. So, to prevent breaks from being counterproductive for you, consider trying out the Pomodoro Technique. With this method, you should work in 25-minute increments followed by a short, 5-minute break. After completing four cycles of 25-minute work and 5- minute break, you can take a longer 20- to 30-minute break.

Minimize distractions
Checking emails, phone calls, and social media every few minutes is the recipe for low productivity. That's why you'll need to cut distractions down to a minimum. One of the best ways to minimise distractions at work is to unplug when you start working. Either turn off your phone or put it on silent mode and in your drawer where you won't hear it. Scheduling a specific time to check email, return calls, and check social media will help you stay on track and avoid wasting time online.

Do what you love
Even with all the previous suggestions, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing for a living, you may have trouble staying focused. Loving your job and going to work with enthusiasm every day is the guaranteed way to staying focused and being eager to work and complete tasks throughout the day. Therefore, think well whether what you do makes you happy, or you need to rethink your career choices and try being the best at some other line of work.

It's very challenging to stay focused when you live in the age of technologies and numerous distractions. However, with good organization, a little bit of discipline and some useful techniques, you won't have any trouble staying focused throughout your working day and making the most of it.

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