Staying Focused in Work

Staying Focused in Work

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!

How to Stay Focused in Work


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.

How Much Sleep Are You Getting?


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.

Can Music Help Work Productivity?


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 – 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.


Dealing With Stress From Work

Dealing With Stress From Work


I consider myself very lucky, in that I am able to choose my place of work every morning, and not have to worry about it (at all)…but it wasn’t always like that.

Yep, I’ve spent time in my youth in what I call ‘the office environment’ – and it still sends shivers down my spine!

When I think back to those years, I now realise that they were the most stressful time of my life, and I really wasn’t cut out for that kind of work life. But, not everyone is as lucky as me – some people HAVE to work in these environments, and do so for many years.

In this article we will be taking a look at some effective options for dealing with stress from work.

Are you sick of the lack of serenity your office space offers you?

Do you feel like quietly screaming your way through you desk job, day after day?

If so, this could be the article for you…


How do You Deal With Stress at Work?

At the end of the day, stress, regardless of its origin, can be the starting point for all types of nasties in our life – mainly emotional and biological issues.

It can be the catalyst for many different types of anxiety and depression, and in some cases it can even be linked to various versions of heart disease. But how many of us are taking action with this stress, and trying to improve our workplace experience?

Not enough of us I’m afraid.

Let’s take a look at a handful of ‘hacks’ that could improve your stress levels when you are stuck in the office…


Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Getting up in the morning and having a positive outlook on the workday ahead, usually depends on the amount of sleep you’ve managed to fit in the night before. If you’re down the pub every night, smashing Fortnite online or blasting your way through a late night Netflix session…there’s a good chance you’re going to feel pretty shitty the next day in work!

Without enough rest, your performance at work suffers. Mistakes, stupid work decisions and short cuts will be your main form of defence against this tiredness.

You should be looking for at least seven hours sleep a night – try and go to bed at the same (reasonable) time every night.


What Are You Having For Breakfast?

What Are You Having For Breakfast?

Remember what your mum used to tell you as a teenager – your breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Ironically, it’s also the meal that we as professionals are most likely to skip, opting to wait for an early lunch instead. We are told that eating the correct breakfast, will help us make the correct food choices for the remainder of the day. It will also help us make the correct work decisions.

Your brain runs on glucose, or sugar, and when you first wake up it’s actually pretty low on sugars. So your blood sugar levels are low because you haven’t eaten for a number of hours – feed yourself up and get that brain ticking over in style!


Do You Like Plants?

Do You Like Plants?

Bit of a strange question there, isn’t it?

But seriously – a recent study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology highlights the fact that plants can have a calming office effect and even positively affect one’s attention span.

I’m not 100% sure how all this works, seems pretty spiritual to me, but it’s certainly worth a shout if you’re into that type of thing!


Take A Nice Walk…

Take A Nice Walk...

If the stress of the office starts to feel like it’s overpowering you – simply try a nice walk.

I’ve seen this happen time and time again, when I was living in London. Big groups of office workers would stick together and walk along a local canal as they ate their food/lunch.

You will feel less tense, less stressed and more productive after walking.


Be Prepared (For The Office Dickheads!!!)

Be Prepared (For The Office Dickheads!!!)

To me, this is probably the most important point to take on-board from this article…which is kinda why we left it until last!

It doesn’t matter who you are, or how calm you are – at some point in your career someone in the office or workplace is going to say something you find cruel, personally.

Be prepared and shake it all off!

Easier said than done, I know.

Try your best not to take anything personally, try and let it all slide down you and not effect your overall mood throughout the day.

If someone deals out a solid criticism or a rude comment at work, keep in mind that it’s more about their need to offload the negativity and possibly their bad day than it is about you.


Dealing With Problems at Work

What are your opinions on this subject – do you have any special ‘hacks’ that manage to get you through a busy work day (without killing someone!)?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this subject, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.