Maintaining Focus Levels at Work
Do you find yourself in a dilemma, trying to stay focused on your work projects but instead finding your mind wandering off to other realms? You are not alone as it is so easy these days to find yourself sidetracked due to the advent of on-line technology and hand-held devices. Of course, to anyone who values their job, they will want to find ways to stop this happening and increase their productivity instead. Here are my tips for getting through those pesky boring patches and annoying times with ease:
Carrot and stick: Give yourself permission to do the things you want to do but make sure it is after you have completed a designated task. Allow yourself time away from your desk to break the routine your brain may find itself in. A feeling of apathy can often be averted if you know you can spend some time doing things which are more creative.
Be energised: Without wishing to sound preachy, the old adage about getting enough sleep works wonders. Rolling into work, already feeling exhausted is a sure way of your brain tricking you into wasting time flicking through brochures, scrolling through emails and rifling through your in-tray, whilst achieving very little. If you do feel tired in the mornings (for those who have young children or have hectic schedules), consider exercise, yoga, meditation or just some plain breathing exercises. It is incredible how the chemicals produced in the brain and body when exercising and breathing consciously, help to wake up the area of the mind needed for productivity.
Timings: I find I have a massive slump around 3pm and I now use that time to do things which are not mentally challenging and try to take a break, eat a healthy snack and change my focus. Try and establish when your productive times are and get stuck into those tasks you are finding slightly daunting and leave the routine tasks for when you are less stimulated. Remember to drink plenty of water if you are feeling tired, as dehydration can really slow the brain down and might be contributing to those periods of inertia.
Love your environment: Clear the clutter and jazz up your working area to make it a place you want stay in and turn it into somewhere where you feel inspired. Filing your paperwork and placing a couple of beautiful items into your work area, can make the working day feel more unique and motivating.
Try to remember work is only a small part of your day and you can still find plenty of time to get out and do the hobbies you want to do once you are free of your responsibilities. Creating a positive mindset to the routine of working and using the tips above to help you through the day, should see your to-do list decreasing easily.