Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that health can be (and is) linked to the quality of work you produce, and your work life in general. I work from home online and I have always had to monitor myself accordingly…because the only boss I have is me!
In this article we will be taking a look at staying focused in work, or more importantly how to stay focused in work.
Do you have trouble staying ‘in the zone’ through your workday?
Are you constantly nipping back and forth to the latest Facebook updates…when you should be filling out a spreadsheet?
Let’s try and get a little more focused in our work life…
How to Stay Focused in Work
ONE: Get Rid of Notifications
Whenever I go into ‘work mode’ I make sure I’ve either turned off the notifications on my phone, or left my phone in another room. I also make sure no notifications can pop up on my PC screen as I work.
Simply put – notifications are a pain in the ass when you’re trying to stay in the zone!
A mate of mine keeps all this social hustle and bustle out of the way all day long, then unwinds by checking out Facebook etc. at the end of the day – kind of like a reward for all the hard work he’s put in!
Try it out – see how notifications can effect your workday!
TWO: Don’t Shy Away From The Hardest Work
What do I mean by this?
Well, many successful entrepreneurs claim that they ALWAYS take on the hardest tasks in their work first.
Well they believe that if you manage to master a tricky work task earlier on, you will then end up with a great sense of accomplishment right at the start of your workday. It’s all about creating positive feelings and momentum for the remainder of the tasks that day.
THREE: Take That Break…Intentionally
If you work in an office environment, or somewhere similar, distractions from your tasks are found all over the place!
But, taking intentional work breaks actually helps boost productivity and focus, and aids employees in reaching their targets and goals.
My breaks are usually made up of some kind of exercise – I find this works best for me and allows me to recharge in a short space of time. Try going for a brisk walk outside for twenty minutes or so, or maybe try your hand at meditation.
In short – whatever break works for you!
FOUR: How Much Sleep Are You Getting?
Over the years, I’ve noticed that I do suffer in my work life if I’m tired. This is something I really didn’t want to notice, as I’m a bit of a night owl at heart!
At the end of the day, the link between a well rested brain and greater mental focus is here to stay…regardless of what us night owls may think! 🙂
I’m not saying you have to jump into bed at eight at night – I’m just saying that a simple seven to eight hours behind you will be key to upping your focus.
FIVE: Organise Your Desk/Workstation
A lot of modern studies seem to point to the fact that our brains are directly influenced by the things in front of us or immediately next to us. If your work area looks like a house that’s just been burgled…then that feeling of complete disorganisation will stay within your brain all throughout the day.
I always think that a messy home is a direct reflection on the people living there – why should a workstation be any different?
Keeping your work area clean and organised takes a short amount of time, but can have a huge impact on keeping your focus intact and taking your productivity a notch higher.
SIX: Can Music Help Work Productivity?
Right, this may not work for everyone, but it certainly does work for some (myself included!). A number of people find that listening to the right kind of music can actually help them with their work production.
Recent research has even gone as far as suggesting that background music has the power to alter the listener’s mood.
I should point out that this music does not include Death Metal, or something in the Metallica genre – Slow tempo music with a positive vibe is the route you want to go!
The research came to the conclusion that background music helps to improve focus, and even blocks out distractions. It has the power to make those tedious work tasks more manageable.
SEVEN: Work Management Apps?
Yep, this was a new one on me as well!
Well, we’re all human at the end of the day, and the worries of life sometimes weigh heavily on us – sometimes it’s just impossible to concentrate on work due to outside problems.
If this is the case, there are a handful of mobile apps, and work management software available to get your head in the right place. One such app I tried recently is Brain.fm – give it a click and check it out for yourself!
Staying Focused in Work
I always like to compare my ability to concentrate as a muscle link to my brain – the more I exercise it the stronger this muscle link gets, and the better results I get!
I firmly believe that with a little training, ANYONE can improve their brain to focus better.
Now on to you – how do you stay focused in work?
Do you have any tricks or tips we have not included in this article?
If so we would love to hear from you.
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.