Staying focused at work can be difficult. Even if we love what we do, we all find ourselves occasionally wishing we had spent the morning in bed. Getting distracted at work is normal but we can work on making those distractions less frequent. As technology changes, our options to distract ourselves at work are limitless. However, it is important that we remain focused at work and do our job correctly and consistently. After all, that is what we were hired for. There are simple ways to keep your focus at work and some are more obvious than you think.
Ideal Work Space
Where you work is a vital part of how you work. Take the time to make your workspace comfortable. Make sure you have a chair that provides support for you if your back is sensitive. If you are more of an antsy person, see if your workplace will allow a standing desk. Make sure your desk is organized and clear of clutter. Keep only what you need on your desk to complete your work. Avoid putting up too many family pictures, calendars, or decorations.
Clean Your Computer
For most of us, we spend the majority of the day on our computer. Try to make sure that your computer is distraction free. Organize documents and folders so you know exactly where to find what you need. Update your system regularly before you leave so you aren’t waiting on them during the work day. Only open the tabs that you need to have open and avoid opening tabs that don’t apply to what you’re doing, such as news articles or social media sites.
Snacks On Hand
Although some companies don’t really want employees eating at their desk, many companies allow you to have small snacks and beverages at your desk as long as they are within reason. Having water on hand is very important and will help you work. Water refreshes you and curbs your appetite, making it the best thing to drink throughout your work day. If your office allows, keep small snacks on hand that are easy to eat at work. Snacks such as almonds, dried fruits, or pretzels will make a minimal mess but will tide you over until lunch arrives.
By following a strict to-do list, you’re less likely to get distracted at work. If you have tasks written out in front of you that you must complete, you’ll find it easier to focus on your work load. On paper write down a list what you have to complete each day. If it is written out in front of you, you can cross it out when it’s complete which will give you more satisfaction. Try to do your hardest tasks at the beginning of the work day when you are the most focused.
Work places provide breaks for a reason and that is because you need them. Even if you find yourself busy at work and don’t feel you have time for a break, you have to take them in order to work at your best. After 60 to 90 minutes of work, you are much less alert than when you started. Break up time by watching a short video, taking a walk, or grabbing a glass of water.
These simple hints will help you stay more focused at work, whether you have phone calls to make or e-mails to write. You’ll feel accomplished at the end of your day and these will eventually become habit.