It can be all too easy to be at work only to find yourself distracted by just about anything that’s more interesting than the task at hand. While procrastinating might seem like a good idea, there are easy ways to keep yourself in focus at work that will soon see you become a top employee.
Keep things organized
Your desk is usually your life whenever you’re at the office, and it’s important to ensure it’s clutter-free if you want to keep your mind focused. Having things too close means you could find yourself interested in something else while keeping snacks or water too far away might break your focus if you leave to stock up on supplies.
If your boss doesn’t mind you using your headphones, then it could be time to take full advantage of your music. Of course, this could be a distraction in itself, but having a pre-chosen playlist means you should be able to block out the office chatter that can often see us lose precious minutes of the day or have to refocus again after each conversation.
Keep your computer clean
Do you turn on your computer only to see a host of unorganized folders littered all over the screen? It could be time for a digital clean. Keeping things organized not only makes it easy to find specific files but should also help to keep your mind focused on the task – not distracted by another folder you forgot was there.
It could be time to become invisible online. If that’s not enough, then setting your phone to “do not disturb” and logging out of all social media could be the way forward. We are often bombarded with several notifications throughout the day, and these can soon see our minds wander. Before we know it, we could have lost hours to our news feeds.
Make a list
Sometimes, there is nothing quite like crossing off an item on a to-do list. These can be perfect if you want to keep yourself in focus at work as you will know what needs doing throughout the day, especially if you place things in priority order. The best bit? You can then look back at everything you have achieved once it’s all done.
Limit your time
Many studies have shown that our minds can only focus on tasks for so long before we need a break. Setting yourself a set amount of time, such as working for 25 minutes before taking a 5-minute break, could help to give you the push you need. Now, you can see how much you can achieve in that time as well as know there is always a point to pause on the way.
It seems as though keeping yourself in focus doesn’t have to be as hard as we once thought. Sure, locking ourselves in a cupboard with nothing but our laptop and a stack of files might seem like a good idea, but where’s the fun in that?