Have you ever faced the situation like you are working on some project and suddenly some random thought comes up in your mind? You don’t have any idea how to avoid this type of distractions and focus on what you were doing.
Five minutes, ten minutes. Sometimes it goes to over an hour.
When you get back to the work — boom — you’ve no idea where you left off.
why can’t you stay focused at work anymore and are becoming less productive?
Because there’s no chance of shutting out the world while you’re busy. work interruptions are inevitable. From phone calls and emergency meetings to coworkers who want to have a chat and the latest time-sink that is social media, being interrupted at work has become part of the job.
If you are finding it difficult to be more focused at work, then we have 5 super-easy and super-effective ways to beat distractions and stay focused at work. Let’s get started:
1. Put your phone on silent mode and keep it out of sight
Your phone is a distraction that you are not likely to ignore if you notice it wants your attention. Put your phone out of sight until you’ve completed your tasks.
Try devoting a specific time during the day to checking and answering your emails, texts, and personal calls. As a good workplace habit, it is also best to avoid using other distractions such as social media or playing computer games during working hours. It may be a good idea to tie this time into another natural break in the day, such as first thing in the morning before you get started with your work, or maybe right after lunch.
Don’t allow yourself to be faced with the decision of whether or not you should tend to your vibrating phone. Eliminate this distraction and other mindless tasks that are usually just wasting your time.
2. Get enough sleep the night before
Getting a sufficient amount of high-quality sleep is as important as doing exercise, eating healthy food and keeping your body hydrated. Proper and undisturbed sleep is the basic requirement for your brain to function properly.
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night, but don’t overdo it. If you sleep too much or sleep at day time, you may start to have trouble falling asleep at night, which can disturb your sleep cycle. The best way to get enough sleep on a regular basis is to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Once you do this for at least 30 days, your body gets into the routine, it will be easy for you to fall asleep and wake up naturally without using an alarm clock because your mind will be used to the regimen.
3. Avoid negative people
The negative co-worker can also steal your focus from your work. Listening to their negative comments can influence how you feel about your work even though you might enjoy it. They can easily bring you down and it may be difficult to regain that motivation again.
Studies show that a negative coworker can influence your work up to seven times more than a positive coworker into the office. This results in less productivity, drain your energy and finally can leave you in a disturbed mental state. So if you notice that there are people in your office who tend to have a negative attitude, try to avoid them as much as possible.
4. Keep hydrated yourself
This is one of the most important factors to be focused not only in your workplace but also to have good health. Increment in your daily water intake helps your brain to function properly. Your brain cells need a proper water balance to work well. If you don’t take enough water, this balance becomes disrupted and those cells lose their ability to work efficiently.
When you are sleeping at night for 7-7 hours, your body becomes dehydrated even though you aren’t usually sweating. Our body loses water through breathing as well. So start your day with a glass of water and keep drinking throughout the day while you are working at your desk.
5. Apply some time-management strategies
Always remember you are not a robot and doing many things at a single go, keep distracting you. You will be unable to pay full attention to any task. So breaking up your workload and accomplish each task within a specific time block saves your energy and promote productivity.
This time management strategy (along with many others) is an effective way to allocate your time so you get your important work done without being tempted by distractions. The better you are able to manage your time and maintain focus, the more work you will be able to get accomplished. It will give you better results not only in your professional life but also helps you to deal with stress outside of work.
the decision to stay focused at work is in your hands. It’s about finding the right techniques, knowing your priorities, and sticking to them.
Finally, feel free to share your thoughts and experiences about staying focused in the comments below. We’d love to hear about them.
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